Long-distance buses to leave from New Bus Park

Kathmandu, September 30:

The government decision to adopt one-door policy for long-distance public vehicles going outside the Kathmandu Valley may take some time to get implemented.

A meeting held here yesterday with concerned stakeholders by Labour and Transport Management Minister Lekh Raj Bhatta had decided to make a single point outlet system for long-distance public vehicles going outside the valley in order to ease traffic flow.

“It may take some time to bring all long-distance vehicles at the Gongabu-based New Bus Park because people are not aware of the new decision,” Dol Nath Khanal, deputy general secretary of the Federation of Nepali National Transport Entrepreneurs (FNNTE), said.

As a temporary measure, the meeting formed a seven-member monitoring committee to ensure smooth flow of public transportation during the Dashain and Tihar festivals. The committee headed by joint secretary of Labour and Transport Management Ministry Uddhav Baskota would monitor all aspects of the transportation sector and ensure smooth flow of public transportation throughout the nation during the festivals. The monitoring team today took stock of the New Bus Park.

Khanal also said the participants of the meeting had agreed to make the New Bus Park as an outlet point for long-distance public vehicles leaving the Kathmandu Valley. Saying that it may take some time to implement the new decision, Khanal said it wouldn’t be impossible to implement the decision if the management of the bus park functioned effectively.

He said the meeting also decided to operate boats to ferry people through the Koshi River and build necessary belle bridges temporarily for the festivals.