A total of 17 new buses were launched on the New Bus Park –Gongabu–Dillibazaar–Sinamangal–Airport route in Kathmandu on Monday, replacing the microbuses and tempos.
Minister for Physical Infrastructure and Transport Management Raghubir Mahaseth inaugurated the operation of the new buses on the route amidst a function organised today.
All 17 new buses launched today are owned by Digo Sahari Yatayat Company. The New Bus Park–Gongabu–Dillibazar–Sinamangal–Airport route is a pilot route identified by the Sustainable Urban Transport Project (KSUTP).
Speaking on the occasion, Minister Mahaseth said that the government was also planning to introduce electric vehicles in Kathmandu.
“The government is planning to introduce electric taxis and electric buses in the near future,” he said.
He said that the ministry was also working to increase the insurance amount of the vehicles in order to cover the risk relating to accidents.
With the induction of the 17 buses, 25 microbuses and 35 tempos have been replaced from the route. The microbuses and tempos have been shifted to other tertiary routes.
The New Bus Park–Gongabu–Dillibazar–Sinamangal route was taken as a pilot route to improve the public transportation system.
The DoTM is currently promoting mass-passenger vehicles in the valley instead of small ones to improve the public transportation system.
For this, eight primary routes, 16 secondary rotes and 40 tertiary routes have been identified by the KSUTP in the Kathmandu Valley for public vehicles. The piloting route is one out of the 16 secondary routes identified by the KSUTP.
New buses have 27 seats with space for two wheelchairs and wide space in the isle. Officials of the DoTM said that these buses can carry around 50 passengers at a time.
These buses have three GPS boards to display the locations and instant billing machine for billing the fare. These buses are disabled-friendly and contain a ramp at the door to enable persons with wheelchairs to get on and get off.
The Asian Development Bank (ADB) has provided 15 per cent grant for the purchase of the 17 buses to the private company through the Town Development Fund.
-The Rising Nepal