Monday, 22 August 2016

Market manipulation by syndicates

Posted by Anup Baral August 22, 2016 :

The government, transport entrepreneurs and their employees are responsible for the mess seen in the country’s transportation sector. Although the transport entrepreneurs have been providing services to the needy commuters by operating buses, trucks and other vehicles across the country, they have, however, prevented healthy growth of the transportation sector by not allowing new comers to operate similar services. They also resort to illegal practices and often tend not to abide by the rules. A news report the other day had it that the local bus entrepreneurs in Rasuwa district were not allowing the tourist buses to move ahead from Ghattrekhola-Timbure section of the road and forcing the tourists to ride their buses which are not comfortable. Mostly, Chinese tourists who enter Nepal through Rasuwa Gadhi travel via this route, but the local bus entrepreneurs do not allow the tourist buses to carry them. Due to this illegal syndicate system being practised by the transport entrepreneurs in Rasuwa, the tourists must undergo an ordeal, sending a negative message about Nepal’s transportation facilities to the tourists wishing to visit Nepal. The Nepal Association of Tour and Travel Agents (NATTA), the umbrella organisation of tour operators, has expressed serious concern over the syndicate practice of the transportation entrepreneurs in the district and demanded an immediate end to the illegal practice.

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