Kathmandu: The government has opened advance ticket booking targeting passengers travelling home by bus in this Dashain festival. The advance booking has started from today to facilitate students and people involved in various professions in the capital to travel to their home districts outside the Kathmandu Valley.
With this, the number of people buying bus tickets has significantly increased at the New Buspark. People could be seen eagerly waiting in queue in front of the ticket counters selling tickets to places like Dhangadhi, Tikapur, Bajhang, Bajura, Salyan, Rukum, Pyuthan and Rolpa in the west and Siraha, Saptari, Udayapur, Jhapa, Ilam and Taplejung in the east.
Last year, the advance ticket booking was not opened due to the high risk of COVID-19. However, this year the ticket booking has been opened well in time in the run up to the festivals.
Lhotse Multipurpose Pvt Ltd, which is operating the New Buspark, has set up additional 11 ticket booking counters, in collaboration with the transport entrepreneurs.
Pvt Ltd’s General Manager Sunil Kunwar said ticket counters have been added for providing tickets to the passengers going home for the Dashain festival in easy and systematic way. Passengers were issued hand-written tickets last year but this year both hand-written and e-tickets have been issued.
Health safety protocols as social distancing and the like have been followed while issuing the tickets to passengers.
Lhotse Pvt Ltd has mobilized 34 security guards and the Nepal Police 40 of its personnel for preventing the possible robbery, theft, looting and petty crimes in the Buspark area.
Kunwar, the General Manager, added that arrangements have been made for keeping the buses in good condition and for compulsorily keeping masks and sanitizers for creating a safe environment for the passengers.
At present, bus tickets are being issued from 32 ticket counters through the computerized system.
The bus terminal is spread over 161 ropanis area in Gongabu on the side of the Bishnumati river in Kathmandu Metropolis-26.
Buses operate from this bus terminus to more than 65 districts throughout the country.