Union Road Transport and Highways Minister Nitin Gadkari will flag off Delhi-Kathmandu bus service today from the DTC Bus Terminal at Ambedkar Stadium.
Delhi Transport Corporation had received a proposal from the Prime Minister Office for beginning the trans-national service corresponding with Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit to Nepal for the SAARC summit.
The bus service is touted to be a major boost in terms of trade and tourism and will also strengthen the bilateral ties between the two neighbouring countries. The DTC will run a luxury Volvo bus on the Delhi-Kathmandu route and the tentative one-way fare is likely to be around 2,300 rupees.
Earlier, the Cabinet approved the signing of Bilateral Agreement for the regulation of passenger traffic between India and Nepal on the sidelines of the forthcoming SAARC Summit in Kathmandu. The Cabinet has also authorized the Ministry of Road Transport & Highways to sign similar Bilateral Agreements and Protocols with other SAARC Member States. The Cabinet, also approved the signing and ratifying the SAARC Motor Vehicles Agreement at the Summit.
The final draft of SAARC Motor Vehicles Agreement provides for the Member States allowing the vehicles of other Member States to ply in their territory for transportation of cargo and passengers subject to various terms and conditions. The Agreement once signed will result in closer regional economic cooperation and integration through enhanced regional connectivity by allowing movement of goods and passengers in the region.