Transport Entrepreneurs have decided not to use public transport. A meeting of the central committee of the National Federation of Nepali Transport Entrepreneurs on Friday said that the government was indifferent to create an environment to run the public transport and decided not to open public transport immediately.
The government had decided to open public transport within the district and in the Kathmandu Valley only on Thursday. However, the Entrepreneurs have decided not to drive until the government meets various conditions.
Federation Secretary-General Saroj Sitaula said that the decision was taken not to run any public transport immediately as the demands of the bank such as rescheduling of loan installments, concession in interest rates, provision of refinancing have not been addressed.
He argues that if the government does not provide concessional loans, many entrepreneurs will not have the cost of getting their vehicles out on the road.
“It costs between Rs 1.5 lakh and Rs 2 lakh to get one vehicle out of a stagnant area. The government has not come up with a package to facilitate and help us who have been stuck in debt for so long,” says Sitaula. Most of the Entrepreneurs are in pain, we don’t drive if the government doesn’t address our problems. ‘
The federation has also demanded to guarantee insurance for the health protection of drivers and co-drivers. The federation has demanded that a plan should be made to assess the risk of the disease even before the public transport is started.
The federation has demanded that the government should bring policy on the renewal of all the documents of the vehicles saying that they have expired.