October 13, 2020 | Investopaper
The government has reduced the fare of public transport by keeping the provision of having only half of the passenger capacity. The decision of the Council of Ministers on Monday has reduced the fare by 50 percent which was increased after the lockdown. The fare of long and medium distance public transport, which was opened from Ashwin 1, was increased by 50 percent to accommodate only half of the passengers.
Transport businessmen have been demanding full-seat capacity after the fare was reduced, but the government has decided to operate the bus at the old fare with only half-seat capacity.
According to the Federation of Nepalese National Transport Entrepreneurs Association (FNNTEA), 35 percent of the currently operation public transport will be shut down if the fares are reduced but passengers are not allowed to have full seat capacity. The federation has stated that even though the transport area most affected by the Corona epidemic has been running smoothly since Ashwin, there is no occupancy of the passengers. Not all buses are operational. Only 35 percent of the buses are operational.