Kathmandu, February 7
The Ministry of Physical Infrastructure and Transport has revised transport fares after reduction in the prices of petroleum products.
When the government last revised the transport fares on September 10, 2015, petrol sold at Rs 104 and diesel at Rs 81 per litre compared to the recent price of Rs 99 and Rs 75, respectively. According to the Department of Transport Management, adjusted transport fares would come into effect from tomorrow.
The Ministry of Physical Infrastructure and Transport revised the transport fares yesterday following a series of discussions with transport department officials, transporter entrepreneurs and consumer rights activists.
As per the decision, the government slashed public transport fares by 2.53 per cent. Similarly,cargo fares have been slashed by 3.76 per cent for Tarai and 2.28 percent for Narayanghat-Pokhara and Narayanghat-Kathmandu route.
Similarly, taxi fare has been reduced by 1.65 per cent. Based on the adjustment, a commuter will have to pay fares ranging from Rs 13 to Rs 24 in the Kathmandu Valley.
“Minimum fare for the distance of up to four kilometres is Rs 13 while Rs 24 gas been fixed for distance of 19 kilometres or above in the Valley and other local routes. The reduction in fare is nearly one rupee,” said an official at the Department of Transport Management.
The fare for Kathmandu-Narayanghat-Hetauda has come down to Rs 412 from existing Rs 423, while travelling from Kathmandu to Birgunj or Birgunj to Kathmandu will cost Rs 491, down from Rs 504.
A version of this article appears in print on February 08, 2016 of The Himalayan Times.