DoTM to change public vehicle routes in Valley from mid-December

The Department of Transport Management (DoTM) is gearing up to change the routes for the public vehicles to reduce the traffic congestion in the Kathmandu Valley.

The DoTM is planning to bring the new route into operation from mid-December citing that the unmanaged routes have caused congestion in the Valley.

The Kathmandu Sustainable Urban Transport Project (KSUTP) aided by Asian Development Bank (ADB) that was started in 2011 recommended the new routes. The DoTM is preparing to operate the public vehicles on those new routes recommended by the project, informed Spokesperson Gokarna Prasad Upadhyaya.

The project recommended to have only 66 new routes by merging more than 200 existing routes. However, the DoTM has not yet unveiled the new routes.

Meanwhile, the pilot route from Gongabu to Sinamangal has come into operation.

The project has recommended three different types of routes on which larger, medium-sized and smaller vehicles will ply.

According to the project, there will be eight primary routes, 16 secondary routes and 42 tertiary routes. The larger vehicles will ply on primary routes and minibus will ply on secondary routes. Tempos and microbus will ply on tertiary routes.