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Nitin Gadkari to inaugurate Delhi-Kathmandu bus service

PTI 24 Nov 2014, 19:49:30 PM IST

New Delhi: Union Transport Minister Nitin Gadkari will inaugurate Delhi-Kathmandu bus service from Ambedkar Stadium Bus Terminal tomorrow.  “The Minister will inaugurate the Delhi-Kathmandu bus service from Ambedkar Stadium Bus Terminal tomorrow and the one-way fare from the national capital will be Rs 2,300.  

Delhi-Kathmandu bus will leave for Nepal at 10 AM from the terminal everyday,” DTC spokesperson R S Minhas said today.  Minhas also said that bus will reach its destination via Agra, Kanpur, Sunauli of Uttar Pradesh in 30 hours.  

“The journey time will be 30 hours. We have now acquired one bus for Delhi-Kathmandu service. Some more buses will be included within next few days,” he said.  The official said that Nepal government will also run Kathmandu-Delhi service on its own.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi is expected to launch Delhi-Kathmandu bus service when he will be on his two-day 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.  

At present, DTC has been running Delhi-Lahore bus, which was launched by the then Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee in March 1999.

As part of its inaugural run on February 19, 1999, Vajpayee went to attend a summit in Lahore in DTC's Delhi-Lahore bus service where he was received by Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif at Wagah.  On November 1, the corporation had increased the fare of Delhi-Lahore bus service from Rs 1500 to 2400.