Public transport fare hike postponed till October 18

The government has decided to jack up public transportation fare by almost seven percent only after the Dashain festival.

A meeting held among officials of the Department of Transport Management (DoTM) and transport entrepreneurs, on Tuesday came up with the decision to this effect. 

Kashi Raj Dahal, Director General at DoTM said that the decision was taken in line with the direction from the government and pressures from consumer activists.

“We will revise the fare rate effective from September 18,” said Dahal, adding “The rate will be revised through a meeting among stakeholders to be held on Wednesday.”

Earlier on Tuesday afternoon, the Office of the Prime Minister and Council of Ministers (OPMCM) had urged the department not to raise public transportation fare before Dashain. 

Secretary at OPMCM Shanta Raj Subedi amid a meeting held among stakeholders had urged not to revise transportation fare until Dashain. 

“OPMCM believes that it is not the right time to revise the transportation fare as country’s largest festival is on the way,” Subedi said, adding “Though Ministry of Physical Infrastructure and Transport (MoPIT) has already given go ahead in principles to revise the fare by almost seven percent, we urged DoTM to revise it only after Dashain.

Source: Republica