Pilgrims relieved to pay regular bus fare

  • Godavari singhastha mela
- Post Report, Lalitpur

Sep 6, 2015-

Pilgrims attending Godavari Mela heaved a sigh of relief after traffic police installed five signboards along the road with information for them to complain about the over charging of bus fares from Lagankhel to Godavari.

Satdobato Traffic Police Circle had placed two flex signboards in Lagankhel and three in Satdobato to aware the public. It had been learnt that the passengers were compelled to pay Rs 100 for travelling the 8.7 kilometre Satdobato to Godavari route. The regular fare is just Rs 27. The signboard reads bus, minibus and micro fares are Rs 27. If overcharged call: 1103, 103.

Since the beginning of the month-long gala, police have nabbed 34 public vehicles for over-charging. According to the Circle, last Saturday only it had booked 13 vehicles, while this Saturday five vehicles were held for charging exuberant rates.

“We got only one complaint from Lagankhel this week. Last week we had got

over 30 complains from passengers,” said Sitaram Hachhethu, chief of Lalitpur Traffic. According to vehicles and Transport Management Act 1993, the overcharging owners of the vehicles are fined Rs 2,000 to 5,000.

Hachhethu said those vehicles were sent to Department of Transport Management, and each individual was charged minimum Rs 2,000 depending on the number of passengers they overcharged.

Currently 50 traffic police have been deployed in the area, while 16 traffic police—10 in uniform and six with civil dress—are deployed between Satdobato and Godavari to monitor the fees charged.

The number of pilgrims dramatically increased on Saturday as it was Shree Krishan Jarmastami, a day off for all government and private offices. The Singhastha Mela organising committee said over 300,000 people visited the gala on Saturday alone. People from Pokhara, Chitwan, Lamjung, Tanahun, Kavre, Dhading, Bhaktapur, Nuwakot, Dhulikhel, Budhanilakantha and Sankhu, among other places, come to attend the gala.

The month-long Godavari Singhastha Mela had kicked off on August 18.

Published: 06-09-2015 07:41

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