‘Pro-syndicate’ transporters impose strike on long routes

File: Public buses at a bus park in Kathmandu

Kathmandu, May 3

Transport entrepreneurs protesting the government decision to stop registration and renewal of their committees as NGOs have stopped providing long-route bus services from Thursday afternoon apparently in a bid to make the government let them continue their monopoly as syndicates.

The transportation was halted after an announcement by the Federation of Nepalese National Transport Entrepreneurs Association.

As per the protest programme, the Federation has warned of stopping operation of public vehicles across the country from Friday.

According to an official of the Federation, buses that leave for farther destinations today will not reach their respective destinations till midnight itself, affecting the protest programme for tomorrow. “Hence, we have decided to halt the bus services from Thursday afternoon. Night buses will not operate too.”

Only 123 buses have left for their respective destinations today, informed the Lhotse Multipurpose Pvt Ltd, the company that manages Naya Bus Park of Gongabu.

Pankaj Malla, manager of Lhotse said, “Some committee have closed their counters while others are preparing to close.”

However, Malla said that he had been requesting different committees to resume their service.

Published on May 3rd, Thursday, 2018 2:46 PM

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