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Entrepreneurs agree to slash transport fare by Re 1 only 

KATHMANDU: The transport entrepreneurs have decided to reduce the transport fare only by Re 1 instead of the government-decided rate of Rs 2 from Rs 15 per four kilometers.

The decision on fare reduction by transport entrepreneurs comes a month after the government´s decision on the same.
The Federation of Nepalese National Transport Entrepreneurs took this decision at its meeting held on Wednesday. The government had fixed Rs 13 as the minimum transport fare for every four kilometers´ travel. However, the transport entrepreneurs have fixed it at Rs 14.

The rate fixed by the entrepreneurs should have been actually the minimum rate before the latest reduction in the transport fare following the reduction in the price of petrol and diesel.

A decision has been taken to charge Rs 14 as the minimum transport fare as per the scientific system of fixing the transport fare, said the Federation´s general secretary Saroj Sitaula. He said they have decided to slash the fare by 2.03 per cent on public transport as decided by the government.

The Federation has stated that the fare of goods carrying vehicles has been reduced by 5.28 per cent in the Tarai region and by 4.37 per cent in hilly districts. The per-kilometer fare of taxi has been fixed at Rs 36.

This rate of transport fare will come into effect from March 7 and all the transport associations across the country have been directed to do accordingly, Sitaula said.

The government had taken a decision to reduce the transport fare on February 9 to make the fare compatible to the reduction of the price of petroleum products at different times. But the transport entrepreneurs did not pay heed to this decision and the government again issued a notice in the Nepal Gazettee on March 2, announcing the enforcement of the latest transport fare it had fixed.

Still then the entrepreneurs continued to neglect the government decree and finally arrived at a decision fixing their own rate of transport fare.

Meanwhile, the Secretary at the Ministry of Physical Infrastructure and Transport, Tulasi Sitaula, has warned that the government will take stern action against anyone still refusing to abide by the government decision. RSS

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