LALITPUR— The Sajha Yatayat is adding 20 more buses in the Kathmandu Valley.
The Kathmandu Metropolis is investing Rs 50 million while the Rs 10 million shall be contributed by the Lalitpur Metropolitan City to launch new buses manufactured by the Indian Company Ashok Leyland which will have features like of Sajha vehicles presently in operation.
The company targets to bring new passenger buses into the valley in the next two months and they will be seen on the Valley roads after getting registered at the concerned department.
The Sajha that is operated on a cooperative model was established on 16th March, 1962 (Chaita 3, 2018 BS) as per the then Cooperative Act-2016 BS to provide accessible and reliable transport services to the public at reasonable prices. But, all services had been closed in 2064 BS due to various reasons.
The Sajha bus service was launched again on 13th April, 2013 (Chaita 31, 2069 BS) and at an initial phase, two buses were seen on the Kathmandu Valley in the morning of the following day( Nepal New Year 2070 BS) carrying the name of Sajha.
The government and local level owns over 90 percent share in Sajha
Currently, 47 Sajha buses are operated in the Valley.
Its long route services include the Kathmandu-Baglung and Kathmandu-Kushma, Parbat routes. Besides, it has special bus services meant for physically challenged people. It may be noted that Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli last Tuesday inaugurated electronic-buses introduced under the management of Sajha.
Rolpa begins hair oil production
ROLPA— A factory established in Sulichaur, the eastern belt in Rolpa district, has started the production of hair oil through processing of medicinal herbs available in the locality.
Established with the investment of Rs 15 million, a total of 35 people have been employed, proprietor of the industry Tek Bahadur Ghartimagar said.
According to Ghartimagar, the productions of the company are exported to the bigger cities such as Kathmandu, Pokhara, Chitwan and other market areas, as they are not sold in the local market due to higher prices.
He said that cinnamon, bay leaf (Cinnamomum tamala), Calamus (Acorus Calamus), muskroot and many other locally available herbs are processed to produce the hair oil.
He also said that the local farmers are also encouraged to produce grass and herbs to avert the crisis of the raw materials as the materials produced in community forests and private forests could not meet the demand for raw materials.
Ghartimagar is of the view that the income of the community forests could be increased by doing farming of the medicinal herbs. “It would increase the income of community forests and also ensures sustainability of the industries,” he adds.
Rolpa is considered as a good source of many medicinal herbs where the local residents are making good income from the sale of the products. However, some herbs are yet to be identified despite their high values.Follow @gorkhapost