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.
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.Follow @gorkhapost
NOC hikes fuel prices
KATHMANDU — Nepal Oil Corporation has jacked up the prices of petrol, diesel, kerosene and aviation turbine fuel with effect from Monday.
The state-owned monopoly has decided to increase Rs 1 per litre in petrol while it has increased diesel and kerosene prices by Rs 2 a litre, respectively. Likewise, price of ATF has been raised by Rs 4.5 a litre.
Petrol will now cost Rs 111 per litre while diesel and kerosene will cost Rs 95 a litr and ATF will cost Rs 104.5 a litre.
The NOC, however, has not increased the price of Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LPG).
Even with this adjustment, NOC will still incur fortnightly loss of Rs 70 million, as per Birendra Goit, spokesperson for NOC.Follow @gorkhapost