Sundar Yatayat Pvt ltd has successfully tested electric vehicles in the capital, setting to operate fully from Monday – it is expected to reduce the use of fossil fuels and help control rising pollution.
According to Bishnu Bahadur Thapa, chairman of the company, four electric buses with the facility of air- conditioning will be running along the Ring Road in its first stage from today.
The company has fulfilled all the procedures to operate the vehicles in the road, Thapa said.
The company in the first phase has only planned to operate the vehicles along the ring road, however in coming days it will operate in other routes, too after having the route permit, informed Thapa.
The company has already set a charging station in Kathmandu. While a fossil fuel-operated bus consumes the fuel equivalent to Rs 4000 a day, electric bus needs a power costing of Rs 700 only, said Thapa.
Though the Department of Transport Management has allocated the same fare for EVs, Sundar Yatayat has declared 20% discount on travelers compared to the fare taken by fuel-run vehicles.
Furthermore, the company is planning to operate its next route – New Buspark to Satdobato – from next week. The company also plans to spread this service in Biratnagar and Butwal in the future.