Transport entrepreneurs call off strike

KATHMANDU: Nepal National Federation of Transport Entrepreneurs, Bagmati zonal committee, today called off its strike after the government agreed to fulfill its demands.

The transport strike had hit the commuters hard as the public vehicles stayed off the roads for the consecutive three days. During the strike, the agitating entrepreneurs, however, hadn't disrupted the movement of the government and the private vehicles.

According to Bishnu Man Pradhan, secretary, Association of Nepal National Public Microbus, the talks between the representatives of agitating entrepreneurs and government held at District Administration Office reached a conclusion.

"Finally, the strike pressurised the government to pay heed to our demands," said Shrestha. He added that the government agreed to take action against 11 students involved in the arson of microbuses in Jamal, provide Rs 4 lakh each as immediate relief to owners of the two vehicles, create security environment for transport entrepreneurs, and release the entrepreneurs detained earlier.

Due to the strike, no public vehicles plied on the roads in eight districts of Bagmati zone, including in Kathmandu, Lalitpur and Bhaktapur in the Capital. The entrepreneurs had resumed the public transport service following the positive talks from 12:30 pm.

Yesterday, the entrepreneurs had threatened that they would bring the transport in the country to a standstill from Tuesday if the government failed to address their demands by Monday.

The strike was imposed to protest the vandalism and subsequent arson on two microbuses (Ba 2 Kha 2298 and Ba 2 Kha 444), demanding professional security and compensation for the damaged vehicles.

Activists of Nepal Students Union last week had torched and vandalised the microbuses while enforcing their chakkajam in front of Bishwo Jyoti Cinema to protest an attack on their colleague in the capital.