KATHMANDU-LHASA BUS SERVICE
A meeting of Nepali and Chinese officials
on Saturday finalized issues related to the much-awaited direct bus service
between Kathmandu and Lhasa. The teams will, however, meet once again on Sunday
to give a final touch and “sort out” issues that remain. The service is
scheduled to start from May 1. Prushottam Ojha, Secretary at the Ministry of
Labour and Transport Management, said issues are being sorted out since there
has been a consensus on starting the bus service. Efforts are also on to ensure
round-the-year service although Sajha Yatayat will have only two buses while the
booking will open by April end. The journey is expected to take three days.
STAGE SET FOR BUS SERVICE TO LHASA
A meeting of Nepali and Chinese officials today
finalized issues related to the much awaited direct bus service between
Kathmandu and Lhasa. The team will however, meet once again tomorrow evening to
give a final touch and “sort out” the remaining issues.
The meeting worked out details of the service which will connect the scenic
Tibetan capital of Lhasa with Kathmandu. The bus service is scheduled to start
from May 1.
The teams today picked up issues which were not sorted out in the earlier
meetings, with nagging issues of ht status of roads on the Nepali side topping
Both the teams sorted out guidelines concerning repair and maintenance of buses
on the way, lodging for passengers and stations where the buses will be
refuelled. There are at least three stations on each side of the 100km road.
Purushottam Ojha, Secretary at the Ministry of Labour and Transport Management,
said issues are being sorted out since there has been a consensus starting the
While efforts are also on to ensure round-the-year service although Sajha
Yatayat will have only two buses while the booking will open by April end. The
journey is expected to take three days.
It may be recalled that the meeting which was held on October had decided that
the number of daily direct luxury buses would be 21.
The issues, which are expected to be sorted out by tommorow’s meeting, are
whether the buses can pick up passengers on the way and whether the Sajha
Yatayat should have the authority to issue visa permits as well. “They were
convinced with the condition of the roads,” said Mukunda Satyal, general manager
of the Sajha Yatayat.
The Nepali team insisted that the buses should be allowed to pick up passenger
at Khasa on way to Kathmandu and suggested that the Sajha Yatayat should be
allowed to issue visas.
Meanwhile, the fare has been fixed at $70 in case of luxury coaches while the
same is $50 for ordinary buses.
The service can be discontinued for three months in winter if there is no
agreement over year-round service.
The Himalayan Times, March 28 2005
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