From The Nepali Press
Running on empty
Annapurna Post, 13 October
FROM ISSUE #218 (15 OCT 2004 - 21 OCT 2004) | TABLE OF CONTENTS
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Night bus entrepreneurs are concerned as the number of bookings and passengers travelling out of Kathmandu for Dasain has plummeted. The night buses used to be packed with passengers and until last year, the bus station at Gongabu had to request police help to control the long queues and the mad rush at the ticket counters, but this time around the bus park is relatively quiet and uncrowded. The few people willing to travel are afraid to use night buses, and opt for the safer and more convenient microbuses, travelling by day even for long journeys. Many are also travelling by air to avoid the hassle of going through heavy security checks on the highway. More than 100 buses used to be crowded with people everyday, but this Dasain less than 30 are travelling all over the country. With Dasain only a few days away, there is no sign of more passengers booking seats. Last year, after running out of tickets, most of the counters had been closed by this time.