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Uttarakhand wants two bus services from Delhi and Dehradun to Nepal

The Uttarakhand government has sent a proposal to the Centre for starting two direct bus services from Delhi and Dehradun to Nepal, an official said on Friday

dehradun Updated: Dec 17, 2017 20:11 IST
Nihi Sharma
Nihi Sharma
Hindustan Times
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A view of ISBT in Dehradun. The Uttarakhand government has proposed to run two buses to Nepal from here. (HT Photo)

The Uttarakhand government has sent a proposal to the Centre for starting two direct bus services from Delhi and Dehradun to Nepal, an official said on Friday.

“There is a demand to increase more direct bus service to the Himalayan country, following which we have sent a proposal to the Union ministry of road transport and highways,” said state transport minister Yashpal Arya.

“Since the matter deals with India and Nepal governments, the Union external affairs ministry will be taking up the issue,” he told Hindustan Times.

There are three buses plying from Delhi to Kathmandu, of these two are of the Uttar Pradesh State Roadways Transport Corporation and one of the Uttarakhand Transport Corporation (UTC) that plies from Delhi’s Anand Vihar to Mahendranagar in Nepal via Dehradun, said a senior UTC official.

With no direct bus service connecting the hill state to Nepal, the people in Uttarakhand, until now are dependent on the bus service from Delhi to the Himalayan country, said Deepak Jain, general manager (operations) at the UTC.

“We want the tourists from Delhi and Dehradun to reach Nepal safely as the international border is porous, it is advisable for people to travel by public transport,” he said.

“There are a lot of people from Nepal who reside in Uttarakhand and the government wants to give them this facility.”

There is daily bus service with a capacity of 25 passengers that plies between the state and Mahendranagar, the nearest bus terminus in Nepal, about 5km from the international border, sources in the state transport department said.

But, that does not solve the purpose as more than 200 passengers travel across the border every day, some of them said.

The India-Nepal border in Uttarakhand is porous and travelling to and fro for people residing along the border in Tanakpur, Banbasa and Gharighot in Champawat district or Melaghat in US Nagar, is not an issue, they said.

“It is the flow of tourists that the state government wishes to streamline by providing more transport options.”

Member of Parliament from Nainital, Bhagat Singh Koshyari, who has been advocating starting the direct bus service between the state and Nepal, said: “The Bhartiya Janata Party government in state had been working on this issue since June and are hopeful of receiving a nod from the Centre soon.”

First Published: Dec 17, 2017 20:11 IST