The transportation has been completely halted in Dolpa district since the government imposed the nationwide lockdown on March 24, to prevent the spread of COVID-19. As a result, people are facing hardship to travel from one place to another. Most of the places are beyond the access of public transport. However, some are in limited access. Meanwhile, transport entrepreneurs are found arbitrarily charging fare from passengers. Mainly, jeep operators are charging high fares to passengers taking the benefit of lockdown these days. The jeep passengers travelling to and from the district headquarters, Dunai, from various places in the district are compelled to pay high fare. It is said that the locals in the district are paying high fares for short distance as they have no alternative to travelling by paying high fare.
The jeep operators along the road section from Dunai-Supani, Supani-Dunai, Dunai-Jufal and Jufal-Dunai are charging high fares. Locals complained that they were paying Rs 1,600 per head to and from Dunai though it’s short distance. Bharun Sarki of Tripurasundari-1 complained that they were paying the amount for a jeep ride on only 14 kilometers distance whereas the fare is Rs 150 per person for the same distance in Terai. The district administration office has permitted to travel three passengers in a single vehicle maintaining social distancing. But the transport entrepreneurs are found carrying six passengers violating the DAO directives, said another local Ramesh Pariyar. He added that they were travelling by paying Rs 350 for the same distance before the lockdown but now transport operators are charging fare arbitrarily. Traffic police annoyed
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