April 7: The Sundar Yatayat, a transportation company based in Kathmandu, is preparing to acquire four more electric buses. The company has been operating four electric buses in the valley at present.
Chairman of Sundar Yatayat, Bhesh Bahadur Thapa, said that four additional buses are coming in the first phase as per an agreement with the Chinese company BAK to procure 25 electric buses.
Chairman Thapa informed that preparations have been made to bring the four buses in the first phase to operate them within April. "The Chinese company has already started the process of sending the bus to Nepal," he said.
At present, the company is operating three electric buses along the Ring Road and one on the Bhaktapur-Ratnapark route.
The company, which recently operated a bus to Kavre's Banepa as a test, is preparing to expand the service along the route after the arrival of the new buses. The company has said it will build a charging station in the meantime. The company currently has three charging stations – one each at Sitapaila, Chabahil, and Sukedhara.
The government has been struggling to operate electric buses itself. The government, which had earlier given the responsibility to Sundar Yatayat for the purchase of 300 electric buses in July 2020, later withheld the money saying that the company could not buy the buses on time. After holding the money for one year, the government in January authorized Sajha Yatayat to procure the buses. “At present, we are preparing tenders for buying the buses,” said Kanak Mani Dixit, chairman of the public transport company.