PM issues directive to make Sajha bus service effective

Kathmandu, Aug 18: Prime Minister Pushpa Kamal Dahal has issued directives for making the services of the Sajha Yatayat effective and convenient to the commuters.

PM Dahal had called the Sajha Yatayat office-holders to his official residence at Baluwatar and during the meeting with them urged them to expand the Sajha bus service taking into consideration the inconvenience faced by the commuters in the Kathmandu Valley.

Appreciating the service the Sajha Yatayat has been providing lately to the passengers despite the various difficulties befalling the country, Prime Minister Dahal urged the public utility transport to diversify its services and make them up to the mark in consonance with its importance and as per the beneficiaries’ aspiration.

The Prime Minister had called the Sajha Yatayat’s office-bearers including its Acting Executive Director Mahendra Raj Pandey to his official residence for discussions regarding its preparations to add 30 buses.

“The people are facing trouble traveling in the Kathmandu Valley. It is necessary to give a sense of relief to the people; take concrete decision regarding adding the bus to the Sajha’s existing fleet considering the traffic jam and the inconvenience the commuters are facing in Kathmandu,” the Prime Minister’s personal deputy secretary Manahari Timilsina quoted hgis as saying.

PM Dahal drew the Acting Director’s attention to the need of adding at least 30 buses in the Sajha Yatayat’s fleet after holding discussion with the concerned bodies and doing home work on it.

Acting Director Pandey stated that the PM’s concern was very significant and they would reach to a conclusion on the matter after carrying out the necessary home work.

The Sajha Yatayat has made preparations for operating 30 more buses on different routes in the Kathmandu Valley taking into account the needs of the service-recipients.

According to Acting Director Pandey, the new buses would be operating on the Kathmandu valley roads latest by the first week of Asoj (fourth week of September).

During the meeting with the Prime Minister, discussions were also held on further expanding the Sajha Yatayat and the ways of diversifying its services even in places outside the Kathmandu Valley.

Pandey said that the Prime Minister was positive on diversifying the services of the Sajha Yatayat and also pledged all types of cooperation to that end.

Sajha Yatayat is currently operating 16 buses on different three routes in Kathmandu. Of the 30 new buses it plans to add to its fleet, the Sajha is contemplating pressing into service some of the new buses on the already existing routes while the remaining would be operated on the Ratnapark- Bhaktapur route. RSS