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Kathmandu-Lhasa Bus Service From May

[WTN-L World Tibet Network News. Published by The Canada Tibet Committee. Issue ID: 05/02/04; February 4, 2005.]

IANS[Friday, February 04, 2005 15:30] Kathmandu, February 4 - A bus service linking Kathmandu with Lhasa in China's Tibet Autonomous Region will start from May, reports Xinhua.

"We are all set to begin a weekly direct bus services between Kathmandu and Lhasa from May 1," Radio Nepal quoted Mukunda Raj Satyal, executive chief of the government-owned transport company Sajha Yatayat, as saying.

The increasing two-way flow of traffic across the border in recent years has prompted the Nepalese and Chinese governments to begin a shuttle service, Satyal said.

The bus service will enable many Nepalese to make affordable trips to Lhasa as the transport fare will come down significantly, he noted.

Passengers now pay 28,000 Nepalese rupees (about $400) to go to Lhasa from Kathmandu by air, but once the road transport begins, they will pay only about $71.4 for one-way travel.

"We will soon sign a contract with private transport entrepreneurs to operate luxury coaches to the historical city of Lhasa," Satyal said.

It takes about 20 hours to reach Lhasa by land from here, as the narrow Arniko Highway makes road travel time-consuming.

A team of Chinese experts will travel along the highway to assess the road condition in the coming weeks, said Satyal.

The two governments signed the agreement of direct bus link between the two cities in November 2004.


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