Kathmandu, Nov 25,2014: The bus service between Nepal and India has now started formally with an aim for providing accessible transport service.
This is the first time the bus service has started in the government level in Kathmandu-Delhi route.
Joint Secretary at the Ministry for Physical Infrastructure and Transport Management Bishnu Om Bade and his Indian counterpart Niraj Barma signed an agreement for operation of the bus service.
Prime Minister Sushil Koirala and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi were present at the signing ceremony held on Tuesday.
The service began with a 35-seater air conditioned passenger bus (Ba 3 Kha 4169) leaving for Delhi today. PM Koirala and visiting Indian PM Modi jointly inaugurated the formal service at a programme held in Singha Durbar.
On the occasion, PM Koirala termed the new service as historic initiation.
Indian PM Modi said the bus service would play a pivotal role in enhancing relations in the people’s level between Nepal and India.
The service which will run on Kathmandu-Bhairahawa-Delhi route will take at least 18 hours for a single trip from either Kathmandu to Delhi or vice versa.
Two buses will leave from Kathmandu and New Delhi with a service of tourism standard on a daily basis. Indian Minister for Transport Nitish Gadkari is scheduled to inaugurate the service in New Delhi, India.
The fare of a single one-way trip from one destination to other is fixed at Rs. 3,600.
Earlier, the private sector had been running the bus service between the two capital cities of Nepal and India.
Federation of National Nepali Transport Entrepreneurs from Nepal and Delhi Transport Corporation from India will oversee the management of the newly launched formal bus service, according to the Ministry. RSS