Kathmandu, March 18
Following recent decisions to increase the fuel price one fortnight after another, public transport operators have demanded that the government hike the transport fare also within the next fortnight.
Officials of the Federation of Nepalese National Transport Entrepreneurs (FNNTE) submitted a memorandum to Physical Infrastructure and Transport Minister Basanta Kumar Nembang with the demand on Thursday.
The transport entrepreneurs said they would launch a strike if the demand was not made.
For the past few months, the transporters have been demanding that the government allow them to charge travellers more in consideration of the increased fuel cost and other expenses.
They have been claiming that the costs of lubricants and various accessories and spare parts of the vehicles have increased significantly since the last scientific fare adjustment in 2013.