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First Bus Service Between Capitals of Tibet and Nepal to Open in May

[WTN-L World Tibet Network News. Published by The Canada Tibet Committee. Issue ID: 05/03/28; March 28, 2005.]

KATHMANDU, March 26 (AFP) - The first bus service between the capitals of Tibet and Nepal will open in May after an agreement reached between Tibetan and Nepalese transport officials Saturday, state-run radio reported.

The 1,000-kilometre (625-mile) journey between Lhasa and Kathmandu will take three days and cost about 70 dollars, it said, quoting the Sajha Yatayat Sewa state-run bus service.

"Along the 1,000-kilometre-long highway, rest houses for the passengers, petrol pumps for refuelling and repair stations will be constructed to facilitate the bus service," the radio said.

The officials held talks on Friday and Saturday on the bus link, which had been agreed to in 1994.

"Tourism in this region will thrive as many people are waiting for the ticket bookings to open," Sajha Yatayat director Mukunda Raj Satyal said.

Bookings will open in April and the first service will run on May 1.

Four buses, two from each side, will initially operate the route.


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