Thursday, September 20, 2018

Transport operators refuse to open festival ticket booking

Transport operators have backed off from the deal – four days after agreeing – to open bus ticket booking for Dashain,.
Representatives from Federation of Nepalese National Transport Entrepreneurs’ Association (FNNTEA) and Department of Transport Management (DoTM) – on September 16 – had agreed to open bus ticket booking for Dashain from Friday.
The department and transporters had reached the deal to unfreeze the bank accounts of the blacklisted transport committees and review the fare after the festival season.
They have asked the government to adjust the transport fare according to hiked petroleum prices but the government instead hiked in the prices of petroleum products again.
"The government did not give any ear to us forcing us to back off from the commitment to open booking from tomorrow," FNNTEA president Yogendra Karmacharya said, adding that they cannot honour the deal since the government has increased the fuel prices instead of adjusting the earlier hike.
He said the government’s decision to raise the prices of petroleum products contradicted their demand for transport fare revision. "The transport entrepreneurs have long been demanding for a review of transport fare," Karmacharya said, adding that the government has hiked the fuel prices again instead of addressing our concern.
The state oil monopoly had raised the prices of petrol and diesel by Rs 2 and Rs 3 per litre respectively on the same day the FNNTEA and the department had agreed to open Dashain ticket booking.
However, secretary at the Ministry of Physical Infrastructure and Transport Madhu Sudan Adhikari assured that festival ticket booking service will open.
"We had agreed to facilitate the process of unfreezing the bank accounts of the concerned transport committees," DoTM Spokesperson Gokarna Prasad Upadhyay, said, adding that it is, however, not under the department’s jurisdiction to unfreeze the blacklisted bank accounts, nor revising the fuel prices.

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