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Sajha, lauda and other many names but the bus is same.

Sajha, lauda and other many names but the bus is same.

With an unanimous effort of inhabitants of Kirtipur, Kirtipur Yatayat Sewa got started in 2053 B.S. It was inaugurated by then transportation minister Bharat Mohan Adhikari. The main purpose of bringing big buses in Kirtipur was to provide a safe and comfortable ride to its people at minimum charge and get the inhabitants' rid of problematic mini buses. The reckless driving of mini buses, their uncultured dispositions towards women, their abusive language and disgustingly long waits at stops were getting intolerable for our people. They seemed rather primarily focused on maximizing profit than on consumer's satisfaction. So, with shares distributed among the inhabitants itself, the transportation service was established with group effort.

The combined capital from different share holders could afford to run only three buses initially. But with unprecedented profit up to Rs.40,000-50,000 per day, it bought three more buses in its successive year and the number reached up to eighteen including four small ones. The people of Kirtipur were much relieved now to have comfortable buses and travel without any problem. "It charged only Rs.3 per person till Ratnapark in the beginning", says Siddhi Kumar Manandhar, member of Kirtipur Transportation Service, remembering old days. Manandhar adds, "It was in profit till 2062 B.S." Its downturn started when the microbuses, so called "Hiaces" entered the market. It was utterly the biggest challenge for the big buses. Where the big buses took at least 30 mins. to reach Ratnapark. Hiace would reach there in 20 mins. by squeezing more people in its small confined area. As the number of vehicles rose distinctly in roads, the big buses like that of Kirtipur seemed a mere scotch in traffic jams. People now preferred hiace to bus.

Last Updated ( Monday, 13 September 2010 17:27 )

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I am the vegetarian and I worried

I am the vegetarian and I worriedOh my god! What?? This is the common saying for the almost all consumers in the valley who visited near by shop in fulfilling their daily needs of vegetables. The price of vegetables in the recent days in Kathmandu Valley escalated by over 100 per cent or even more which is illustrated by 60 rupees per kg of tomato, 70 rupees per kg of cauliflower, 35 rupees per kg of potato etc on the date July 16 2009. So far, we can consider this is the highest price hike in the vegetables items in the capital city. The high rise in vegetables prices is attributed to the long spell of drought across the country, vegetables damaged by cold wave, doubled transportation charge by truckers ferrying goods, higher cost of agriculture labor and fertilizer, and higher demand of fresh vegetables as compared to their production. Most of the vegetable producing areas across Nepal had witnessed the absence of the youth manpower in the agricultural sector and contributed for the result to some extent. The imbalance in the demand and production is likely to push the price of the vegetables and the fruits up in the capital in the coming days. However, the price of onion has witnessed a slight increment this year as compared to the last year as 90 per cent of onions are being imported from India. The strike in high way for normal causes has badly affected the supply of vegetables in Kathmandu. The price of major fresh produce has soared in the capital due to the disruption of transport services. We are getting vegetables especially from dhanusha, chitwan, sarlahi, mohottari, dhading, kavrepalanchok and Makwanpur districts along with Bhutan and India.

Last Updated ( Monday, 13 September 2010 17:33 )

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