Kathmandu, October 4
Public transport entrepreneurs in Kathmandu stopped their services for a few hours on Monday morning demanding the government increase public transport fare immediately.
A federation of public transport entrepreneurs called the strike. Some other entrepreneurs, however, did not obey the call and operated their vehicles.
As the number of vehicles on the road is significantly low, passengers have been forced to travel without getting seats.
The federation’s general secretary Keshav Nepal says his organisation was forced to launch the strike as the Bagmati provincial government did not increase the fare of buses operated at the provincial and local levels.
Nepal says the transporters hiked the fare on their own, but the police cracked down on them, compelling them for the strike.
In July, the federal government increased the fare of public transport operated at the inter-province level whereas the fare of transport within a province remained the same as it is the provincial government’s jurisdiction.