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Delhi-Kathmandu-Delhi Bus Service Flagged Off
Nov 26, 2014

The first ever bus service between India and Nepal was flagged off from Ambedkar Stadium bus terminal in New Delhi on November 25.  The luxury Volvo bus from the Indian side will be run by Delhi Transport Corporation (DTC). Minister of Road Transport, Highways & Shipping Nitin Gadkari flagged off Delhi-Kathmandu-Delhi bus service. The Delhi Transport Corporation (DTC) will run this bus on the Delhi-Kathmandu bus route and the tentative one-way fare is Rs 2,300. The bus will complete its journey via Agra, Lucknow and Gorakhpur in 30 hours. The bus service is being seen as a move to strengthen bilateral ties between the two neighbours.

Earlier, the Cabinet approved the signing of Bilateral Agreement for the regulation of passenger traffic between India and Nepal on the sidelines of the forthcoming SAARC Summit in Kathmandu. The Cabinet has also authorized the Ministry of Road Transport & Highways to sign similar Bilateral Agreements and Protocols with other SAARC Member States. The Cabinet also approved the signing and ratifying the SAARC Motor Vehicles Agreement at the Summit. 

The SAARC Transport Ministers, at their second meeting in Colombo on 25 July 2009, approved the recommendations of Inter Governmental Group on Transport (IGGT) to set up an Expert Group to negotiate and finalize the text of the draft Regional Agreement on Motor Vehicles for SAARC Member States. The Expert Group on the SAARC Motor Vehicles Agreement, in its third meeting held at Neemrana (Rajasthan) on 7-8 September this year, considered and finalized the draft text of the agreement which was endorsed in the Fifth meeting of the SAARC IGGT held in September 30 in New Delhi attended by delegations from all Member States except Maldives. 

This Agreement provides for the Member States allowing the vehicles of other Member States to ply in their territory for transportation of cargo and passengers subject to various terms and conditions in the Agreement and obtaining permits for such transport from the Member States as per procedure and protocols prescribed in the Agreement. The Agreement once signed will result in closer regional economic cooperation and integration through enhanced regional connectivity by allowing movement of goods and passengers in the region through road transport. 

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