Nepal | July 11, 2020

KMC wants new cabs to ply in quake-hit districts

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File –  The 2015 earthquake survivors throng the Department of Transport Management, Ekantakuna after the government decided to provide them with subsidies in purchase of taxis for business, on Sunday, July 31, 2016. Photo: RSS

Kathmandu, June 22

The Kathmandu Metropolitan City (KMC) has urged the Department of Transport Management (DoTM) to allow the new 1,500 cabs, which the quake-victims are in the process of getting the permit for, to be operated in the quake-hit districts instead of in Kathmandu Valley.

In a letter to DoTM on Wednesday, KMC said that an additional 1,500 cabs will worsen the situation of traffic congestion in the Valley and therefore, the office has urged the department to allow the quake victims who get the taxi permits to operate their new cabs in their own districts.

“KMC has been promoting means of mass transportation in the Valley and discouraging smaller vehicles, as the number of such small vehicles is already high in the Valley. Giving operational routes to 1,500 additional taxis will further deteriorate the problem of vehicle congestion in the Valley,” said Gyanendra Karki, spokesperson for KMC, adding that these additional taxis should be given operational routes in areas beyond the Valley — in cities of earthquake-hit 14 districts.

Meanwhile, DoTM officials said that the department is obliged to allow the operation of these new cabs in Kathmandu Valley as the decision to issue taxi permits for Kathmandu Valley to quake survivors was made by the Cabinet. “If quake survivors are not to be allowed to operate their cabs on the Valley roads, the issue has to be discussed among stakeholders and should be taken to the Cabinet for approval,” Roop Narayan Bhattarai, director general of DoTM, said.

Meanwhile, Bhattarai said that traffic congestion in the Capital can be minimised even after allowing these new taxis to operate in the Valley. “However, there has to be a strong coordination between KMC, DoTM, Traffic Police, government and other stakeholders to address the problem of traffic chaos in Kathmandu,” he added.

The government had earlier announced that 1,500 new taxi permits would be issued to quake survivors in Kathmandu Valley to generate livelihood opportunities for them. DoTM had received nearly 150,000 applications from quake survivors of 14 earthquake-affected districts for the same.

As a result of the high number of applications, DoTM has been issuing taxi permits to quake survivors via lucky draw event. DoTM has already issued 1,004 taxi permits through lucky draw yesterday and today for quake survivors of Nuwakot, Ramechhap, Kavrepalanchowk, Dolakha, Sindhuli and Sindhupalchowk. The department is holding the final lucky draw event for 496 taxi permits to quake survivors of Kathmandu, Lalitpur, Bhaktapur, Makawanpur, Dhading, Okhaldhunga, Gorkha and Rasuwa on Friday.


A version of this article appears in print on June 23, 2017 of The Himalayan Times.


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