Dashain Festival: With just a few days to go to Dashain Festival, the pressure to return home from the Kathmandu Valley has increased.
However, the ticket booking is less this time than the previous year, said a transport businessman. 17,000 passengers have booked bus tickets in advance to go home for the tenth time from the new bus park.
Last year, 60,000 to 70,000 passengers used to buy advance bus tickets before Ghatsthapana, but this year the number of passengers has come down. Passengers have booked advance tickets from Ghatsthapana to Ashtami.
Sunil Kunwar, general manager of Lotse Multipurpose Pvt. “Passengers taking advance tickets are not as expected due to the Corona epidemic and poor road conditions,” he said.
Gongabu National Bus Park, which covers an area of 161 ropanis, is currently used by public transport in more than 65 districts. Currently, more than a thousand public vehicles are plying in the new bus park daily.
Apart from the new bus park in Kathmandu, advance ticket booking has also been opened in Chawhil, Gaushala, Machhapokhari, Koteshwor, and Kalanki.
Saroj Sitaula, general secretary of the National Federation of Nepali Transport Entrepreneurs, said that the number of passengers booking bus tickets in advance was low not only at the new bus park but also at other ticket counters in the Kathmandu Valley. “Traffic has been disrupted due to continuous rains,” he said.
The government has opened route permits across the country from Ghatsthapana to take passengers to their destinations easily. With the opening of the route permit, it is believed that the passengers will be able to travel easily during the tenth day.