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Sajha Yatayat begins operation of disabled-friendly bus in the Valley

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KATHMANDU — Sajha Yatayat has brought into operation its first disabled-friendly bus service in Kathmandu Valley from Wednesday.

Kathmandu Metropolis Mayor Bidyasundar Shakya and Lalitpur Metropolis Mayor Chiribabu Maharjan jointly inaugurated the bus service (semi-low-floor) amidst a progrmme here in Capital.

The bus has been introduced with the aim of serving disabled, infirm and elderly persons who have trouble travelling in regular buses.

The disabled-friendly bus service will come into operation from Lagankhel to Gangalal Hospital through Patan Hospital, Jawalakhel, Kupandole, Tripureswor Eye Hospital, Bir Hospital, Jamal, Lainchaur, Lazimpat, Kanti Bal Hospital and Teaching Hospital, according to Sajha Yatayat.

The route has been designed so that the bus would travel through major hospital areas of Kathmandu and Lalitpur. The bus service will be available from 6am till 11pm.

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Having the capacity of 41 seats, the bus has also arranged separate seats for children. The Sajha Yatayat is planning to operate 24 additional buses including an electric one.

On the occasion, Kathmandu Mayor Shakya said that the number of disabled-friendly bus will be increased in future considering the need of citizens. Mayor Shakya expressed hope that more people will be encouraged to travel and make their daily commutes on luxurious and disabled-friendly buses.

Likewise, Lalitpur Mayor Maharjan pledged to provide all possible support from his side to continue the operation of Sajha bus service.

Also speaking on the occasion, Sajha Yatayat Chairperson Kanak Mani Dixit said that the citizens have been facing several challenges for optimum use of large buses in the Valley and expressed his confidence that Sajha Transport will overcome the challenges in coming days.

In 2015, the KMC had invested Rs 100 million to Sajha’s plan of introducing city buses. Sajha has now 47 buses in operation in and outside the Valley.

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China supports to reconstruct Tatopati border point





KATHMANDU — The Chinese government has agreed to extend the assistance to Nepal for the projects on post-disaster recovery for Tatopani border point, the hospital recovery in Sindhupalchowk and reconstruction of Jiri Secondary School.

An agreement to this was signed and exchanged at the Ministry of Finance today, said a press statement issued by the Ministry.

Chinese government has pledged to provide Rs 48 billion grants for it.

Finance Secretary Shankar Prasad Adhikari and Chinese Ambassador to Nepal Yu Hong signed the agreements on behalf of the government of Nepal and the Chinese government respectively.

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For the resumption of the Tatopati border point, the budget would be used for renovation of building and establishment of protection measures, so that trade clearance capabilities would be improved.

Similarly, under hospital recovery project, a middle sized hospital equipped with necessary facilities having 39 beds would be constructed in Sindhupalchowk.

School reconstruction is aimed at recovering and improving school facilities and functions.

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