Public transportation service resumes

KATHMANDU: The public transport entrepreneurs — who halted operation of vehicles on Friday in protest against the government's move to break the syndicate — resumed service today.

The entrepreneurs supporting the protest had demanded cancellation of the recently issued Transport Management Directive that looks to breaking the syndicate and other monopoly of transport entrepreneurs. The Federation of Nepali National Transport Entrepreneurs Association (FNNTEA) argued that the Directive was brought in place without consulting them.

Public transportation had come to a halt across the nation on Friday, with only a few buses available for the public. The decision of the transport committees to carry out the protest against the government decision had left the general public in a fix.

Coming out strong against the protesters, the government instead decided to cancel the route permit of all the bus and micro-bus associations that did not provide their services on Friday.

The government also arrested transportation entrepreneurs in line with the essential services act.