Kathmandu, October 24, 2018: With the collaborative initiation of Lumbini Development Trust and Sajha Yatayat, electric buses have been operated for the first time in Kathmandu Valley from Tuesday, 23 October.
Sajha Yatayat will be managing the electric buses that are disabled-friendly. The electric bus service was inaugurated by Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli who travelled on the bus from Pulchowk-based Sajha Yatayat premises to Singha Durbar. The Prime Minister Oli mentioned about the necessity of electric buses against the shortage of petroleum products and emphasized the need of active participation of private sector for the expansion of these electric bus service. He further added that Nepal Electricity Authority (NEA) would set up charging stations at 20 different places.
Likewise, the Executive Director of Sajha Yatayat, Bhusan Tuladhar, informed that the South Asia Tourism Infrastructure Development Project supported by Asian Development Bank (ADB) has begun the electric bus service where ADB has allocated five buses to Lumbini Development Trust. Out of these five vehicles, two of them have been brought to Kathmandu to regulate their operation.