KATHMANDU: The Supreme Federation of Nepal National Transport Entrepreneur (SFNNTE) on Friday announced its protest programme, demanding adequate compensation before the proposed phase-out of tempos that are operated by cooking gas (LPG). The move is likely to be implemented across the nation.
Ram Kumar Blon, president, ad-hoc struggle committee, which has been set up by the aggrieved stakeholders against the government decision, said compensation could translate to the phase-out.
Earlier, a meeting convened by the Ministry of Transport, which was held on September 9, had decided to ban cooking gas-run three wheelers, and issue permit for micro buses on these routes.
“The government needs to come up with an alternative plan of action since the move will affect the livelihoods of many. We cannot simply sale these tempos as scrap. These vehicles in question cost at least Rs 4 lakh each,” reasoned Blon.
Though the SFNNTE had submitted a memorandum to the Ministry of Transport on September 22, the latter has been maintaining a studied silence.
Rebuffed, the national transport entrepreneur’s body plans to resort to stir, albeit in a peaceful manner.
Tempo drivers started sporting black badges as a mark of protest from September 23. This will be on till Sunday. On Monday, the agitation will culminate in a rally from Balkumari at Koteshwor that will wind its way through the capital and conclude at the tempo terminus on New Road. A meeting has also been organised on that day to highlight their cause.
Plans are afoot to gherao the Transport Management office at Koteshwor on October 7.
Blon urged the government to rollback its decision at the earliest. He warned of stern protests if the demands were not fulfiled on time.
“The government has singled out three-wheelers for traffic snarls. However, the assumption is erroneous,” he added.
Altogether, 840 tempos will be phased out if the authorities, indeed, implement the decision.