Over 2.2 million people return home from Kathmandu Valley for Dashain

KATHMANDU: More than 2.2 million people have left the Kathmandu Valley by road till Saturday and returned home for Dashain celebrations.

The Federation of Nepalese National Transport Entrepreneurs stated today more than 2.2 million people have left for different destinations from the different exit points of the Valley.

President of the Federation Saroj Sitaula said the largest number of passengers leaving the Kathmandu Valley was recorded on Thursday, Friday and Saturday.

According to him, 250,000 people left the Valley by bus today alone. The number was highest at 350,000 on Friday.

He surmised the number would decrease from tomorrow.

Sitaula said no untoward incident has been reported as of today and claimed that compared to the previous Dashain, this time around the passengers have had hassle-free travel.

The Federation stated that around 5,000 big and small vehicles are plying, carrying passengers to different destinations. During normal time, 1,000 to 1,200 vehicles used to ferry passengers to and from Kathmandu Valley on daily basis.

Vehicles leave and enter the Kathmandu Valley from the Nagdhunga, Balkhu, Sankhu, Balaju and Tokha-Chhahare points and via Araniko and BP highways.