Dashain bus ticket booking likely to open from Monday
By A Staff Reporter
Kathmandu, Sept. 15: The Department of Transport Management (DoTM) has said that pre-booking of bus tickets for the Dashain festival is likely to open from coming Monday.
Information officer at the DoTM Gokarna Prasad Upadhyay said on Friday that the department and the Ministry of Physical Infrastructure and Transport held some rounds of talks with transportation entrepreneurs to open pre-booking of tickets for the Dashain festival at the earliest.
According to the transportation entrepreneurs, around 2 million passengers leave Kathmandu for their home districts during the Dashain festival.
Management of vehicles for sending such a huge number of valley residents to their home districts has always been a challenge.
Upadhyay said that the DoTM had called another round of meeting for Sunday. There is a high chance of opening pre-booking of tickets from Monday, he said.
He said that the transportation entrepreneurs have demanded the government unfreeze the bank accounts of the former transportation association before pre-booking of the bus tickets can start.
He, however, said that the transportation entrepreneurs didn’t present themselves rigidly on their demand this year.
“Therefore, there is a high chance of reaching an agreement for the pre-booking of bus tickets for Dashain on Sunday, he said.
Entrepreneurs have raised the issue that they have not been able to pay the salary of the employees after their bank accounts were frozen.
The government had frozen the bank accounts of all transportation association some three months ago.
He said that the transportation entrepreneurs had not given priority to hiking the bus fares for opening the pre-booking of tickets.
Saroj Sitaula, general secretary of the Federation of Nepali National Transport Entrepreneurs, said that they were in continuous dialogue with the DoTM and the ministry for opening the pre-booking of tickets for Dashain.
“We have some serious concerns and are requesting the government to address them”, he said.
He said that transportation entrepreneurs were feeling hurt by the government’s actions, and he was not willing to talk about them.
When asked about the demands regarding the hike in bus fares, he said that none of the transportation entrepreneurs had received vehicles as a token of love.
Journalists and people did not show concern about the hike in the price of petroleum products and other accessories and daily consumer goods, but why are they always shouting about the increase in the bus fares? he questioned.