Resumption of public transport on cards
Kathmandu, June 8
With the federal government getting ready to ease the lockdown, the Department of Transport Management has began drafting pointers to permit public automobiles to start out operation.
The division has began session with stakeholders on permitting public transportation, which has been utterly halted because the authorities imposed the nationwide lockdown on March 24, to forestall the unfold of COVID-19.
“As the federal government is getting ready to ease the lockdown to provide momentum to financial actions, resumption of public transportation is inevitable. We are engaged on an efficient modality to permit public transportation companies to renew,” mentioned Gogan Bahadur Hamal, director basic at DoTM.
According to him, the rules will concentrate on methods to forestall the unfold of coronavirus whereas commuting on public automobiles, together with needed distance to be maintained between passengers and mode of fare fee.
“While social distancing, sporting of masks and disinfecting automobiles can be made obligatory, digital fee of fare can be promoted,” added Hamal.
Sources within the division mentioned effectiveness of working public automobiles on odd-even foundation was additionally being dwelt on.
The authorities can also be more likely to solely permit massive public automobiles to ply initially as needed social distancing can’t be maintained in small automobiles.
“As the federal government is getting ready to renew places of work, companies and industries, we’re below stress to renew public transportation service,” mentioned Hamal.
He added that the plan was to permit public transportation to function solely inside districts within the preliminary section.
He added that the High-Level Coordination Committee for the Prevention and Control of COV- ID-19 led by Deputy Prime Minister Ishwar Pokhrel was additionally mulling over resumption of public transportation companies. He mentioned the federal government ought to guarantee protecting gear for drivers and conductors of automobiles as they’re at excessive danger of contracting illness whereas transporting passengers.
A model of this text seems in e-paper on June 9, 2020, of The Himalayan Time