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10, 000 people avail Bihar-Nepal bus service in 2 months Nov 15th, 2018 from Times of India

Patna to Nepal Bus Services

PATNA : Around 10,000 people have availed the Bihar-Nepal bus service since its launch by the state government on September 11. The cross-border transport service is operated by Bihar State Road Transport Corporation under the state transport department as part of the government’s bid to promote Buddhist tourism in the state.

Chief minister Nitish Kumar had launched the luxury bus service with an aim to promote tourism and strengthen cultural ties between Bihar and the neighbouring country. The bus service was launched following an agreement signed between India and Nepal.

The bus service is available on two routes — BodhGaya to Kathmandu via and Patna to Janakpur. The fare for Bodh Gaya to Kathmandu is Rs1,250 per person and it is Rs275 from Patna to Janakpur. The fare from Patna to Kathmandu is Rs 1,015 per person.

State transport department secretary Sanjay Kumar Agarwal said, “Around 10,000 people used the bus service in just 60 days since its launch. It runs on public-private partnership mode. A few more buses may be introduced on this route in future.”

He said the bus service to Nepal was launched to promote tourism as people from both sides were found willing to travel to a foreign country. “The number of passengers will further increase in the coming days,” he added.

The 40-seat airconditioned luxury buses are equipped with state-of-the-art facilities such as Wi-Fi connectivity, GPS and LED television screens.

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