A sub-committee of the Parliament has directed the Ministry of Physical Infrastructure and Transport not to increase transport fare, citing reduction in fuel prices.
The Supply and Consumer Welfare Sub-committee under the Industry, Commerce and Consumers’ Welfare Interests Committee of the Parliament on Wednesday summoned the ministry officials and instructed them to conduct adequate research and homework before increasing transport fare.
An agreement between the ministry and the transport entrepreneurs two weeks ago had decided to increase the transport fare by 5.63 percent from November 1.
“The fuel price is decreasing around the world and the price is yet to go down. Hence, transportation fare hike under such condition is inappropriate this time,” said Subash Chandra Shah Thakuri, coordinator at the sub-committee.
The ministry has also been asked to review the existing public transport fare and to check if the passengers were getting the facilities equivalent to the money they were paying for travelling.
The authorities had recently decided to revise the transport fare after more than 20 months. “The fare hike was decided six months ago and was delayed considering the inconvenience the public would face due to fare hike during the festivals,” said Tulasi Prasad Sitaula, secretary at the ministry.
The ministry has also been directed to form a committee of technical experts and concerned authorities to hold discussions before deciding the fare hike. “Only after receiving the suggestions from the committee, an appropriate decision regarding the fare should be made considering the convenience of the public,” said Thakuri.
“We have already made preparations for the fare hike and the transportation fare is likely to increase as there has been pressure from the entrepreneurs,” said Kashi Raj Dahal, director general at the Department of Transport Management.
“The government must consider increasing the fare which has not been revised for a long time,” said Dinesh Bhandari, president at the Federation of Nepalese Transport Entrepreneurs.