TIA to get 300 new prepaid taxis
English language‚ uniform compulsory for taxi drivers
Added At: 2012-04-19 10:18 PM
Last Updated At: 2012-04-19 10:18 PM
HIMALAYAN NEWS SERVICE
KATHMANDU: Civil Aviation Authority of Nepal has awarded the tender for the operation of pre-paid green plate taxis at Tribhuwan International Airport (TIA) to Airport Air Passenger Transportation Service Management.
Along with Airport Air Passenger Transportation Service Management, two other private companies –– Tribhuwan Airport Transport Entrepreneurs Association, and Tribhuwan Airport Tourism Transport Driver and Entrepreneur Association –– had applied for the prepaid taxi auction.
“We have selected Airport Air Passenger Transportation Service Management to replace the old taxis and install new pre-paid taxis,” said director general of CAAN Tri Ratna Manandhar. In line with the Public Procurement Act, CAAN has also announced a seven-day notice for the other two companies to approach and claim with the authority if necessary.
“The company has been selected after its final evaluation and the unselected companies can approach and claim with the authority within seven days, if they have any complaints
regarding our decision,” said Manandhar. CAAN is planning to start operations of the 300 new taxis at its new parking bay in the new fiscal year.
It had announced the tender for 170 taxis more than a month back and three private companies were shortlisted for the final selection. According to CAAN, the selected company will replace the existing 170 old taxis and introduce 300 brand new taxis.
The private firm will replace existing 170 taxis with 300 new taxis. Tribhuwan International Airport has allocated a parking space in around two hectares of land at the peripheral areas of TIA which has remained unused for years. The land outside the golden gate of TIA and within the ring road will be used for the parking of the 300 taxis.
The selected private company will introduce 150 taxis within three months according to the memorandum of understanding and within six months, it must have 300 taxis in operation. CAAN will also allow the taxi parking space for permanent taxis which will be charged Rs 4000 for three months according to the regulation.
CAAN has calculated a total revenue collection of Rs 3.6 million annually from the taxi parking space. The new system will help create a good impression among tourists visiting the country.
According to TIA, along with the pre-paid taxi system, it will also install a radio communication system in each of the taxis. Meanwhile, English language and a uniform will be compulsory for taxi drivers.