Buses do brisk business as Dashain surges traffic

Pokhara, October 4:

The lake city of Pokhara and adjoining places have been witnessing a spurt in the

number of people coming home from far and wide in the run-up to Dashain.

Compared to the same period last year, we have witnessed a surge in the number of passengers this time, the Prithvi Highway Bus Entrepreneurs Committee (PHBEC) said.

“More and more passengers are coming to Pokhara via

short and long routes every day,” PHBEC chairman, Bhakta Bahadur KC, said, adding, “Tickets meant for long routes were already booked.”

“A large number of Nepalis, who were working in India, are returning home,” he said, terming last year’s arrival figures ‘dismal’.

“As the peace process is underway, the flow of people into the country has increased this year,” he said. “Some 300 buses are plying long and short routes from Pokhara every day,” he said, adding, “The PHBEC can arrange more buses if there is further increase in the number of passengers.”

Number of passengers coming to Pokhara in microbuses via long and short routes has also increased, microbus-owners said.

Sharmila Devkota, a staffer at the PHBEC’s microbus counter in Prithvi Chowk, said, “As the number of passengers coming to Pokhara from Kathmandu has increased, our fleet of microbuses won’t be able to cater to the increasing number of passengers.” A total of 150 microbuses are plying the Kathmandu-Pokhara route, she said.

The Pokhara-based office of Modern Era Travels and Tours, which has been operating buses on the Pokhara-New Delhi route, said the number of passengers coming to Pokhara from the Indian capital has increased this year.

“We are planning to extend the bus service to Kolkata and Varanasi keeping in mind the

increase in the number of passengers,” Bhagwan Chhetri, a staffer of the Modern Era Travels, said, adding that five buses ply the Pokhara-New Delhi route once a week.