Home Minister gives assurance to stop transport syndicate in Birgunj within a week
KATHMANDU, April 1
The government has expressed commitment to stop the syndicate of transport entrepreneurs in Birgunj-Kathmandu route within a week. Home Minister Madhav Ghimre gave the assurance to the team of businessmen who met him Monday demanding that the transportation syndicate be stopped.
“Home Minister has promised to stop the transportation syndicate in the Birgunj sector within a week. He has already directed Home Secretary Sushil Ghimire to stop the syndicate,” importer Ashok Verma, who was in the team that met minister Ghimire, said. Businessmen said minister Ghimire was found to be aware and sensitive about the issue. The team, that also included importers, had drawn his attention toward transportation syndicate in Birgunj, Bhairahawa, Biratnagar, Tatopani and other sectors. Stating that the syndicate had political patronage despite being illegal, he expressed commitment to stop it.
Market price of goods has also been affected after the truck fare of a trip of 10 tons rose by Rs 7,000 due to the syndicate of transporters in Birgunj. Managing Director of Shivashakti Agro Pvt Ltd Sandip Agrawal, who is also a member of the Confederation of Nepalese Industries (CNI), said that cost of per kilogram rose by 70 paisa due to the rise in truck fare within three weeks. Most of the goods imported from India and other countries enter Nepal through Birgunj. The Nepal Truck and Tanker Entrepreneur Federation had raised the fare implementing syndicate system allowing trucks to operate only once in six days. It had earlier introduced the odd-even system allowing only the trucks with even numbers on even days and vice versa. The businessmen are prohibited from using their own vehicles to transport goods in the sector.
The Supreme Court has declared all kinds of syndicate illegal while the government has already expressed commitment to stop syndicate in the past. But the transportation entrepreneurs are openly practicing syndicate with political and administrative patronage. Businessmen revealed that the current fare of transporting 10 tons from Bhairahawa to Kathmandu is Rs 24,000 and that from Tatopani to Kathmandu is Rs 125,000.