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Tribhuwan International Airport (TIA) to get new taxis by July 1
On July 1, one hundred brand new luxury cars as pre-paid taxis will finally replace the two-decade-old taxis at Tribhuwan International Airport (TIA).
"We are all set to officially inaugurate more than one hundred brand new pre-paid taxis at Tribhuwan International Airport on July 1," said chairman of Airport
Air Passenger Transportation Service Management Purosottam Simkhada.
The company has already placed an order for 50 Maruti and 58 Ford cars.
"We will later place an order for 40 cars from Ford," said Simkhada, adding that at present the company is working with the Department of Transport to receive permission to use green number plates for the new pre-paid taxis, which will be used for air passengers at the Tribhuwan International Airport.
"We are purchasing Ford Figo at Rs 2.07 million, Ford Classic at Rs 2.45 million, Maruti Wagon R at Rs 1.95 million, and Maruti Eeco at Rs 1.77 million each," Simkhada informed.
According to the company, it is making an investment of around Rs 400 million and is preparing to take a loan of around Rs 320 million for 60 vehicles from Nepal Investment Bank, for 50 vehicles from Machhapuchchhre Bank and for 85 vehicles from Global IME Bank.
The company will make a down payment of Rs 80 million. "We have plans to operate 200 vehicles within mid-July in the first phase this year. However, after a proper study and observation of the first operation we will later think about introducing another 100 brand new pre-paid taxis, making it a total of 300 taxis at the airport," Simkhada said.
According to Tribhuwan International Airport office, there are around 170 old taxis in the airport among which 17 that have been operated for less than 20 years have already been transferred to private ownership.
"There are still 20 taxis which have been operated for less than 20 years at the only international airport of the country. Meanwhile, 145 taxis have already completed 20 years of operation at the airport and will be discarded as scrap once we introduce new taxis," said Simkhada.
"Though we have not received any tax relief from the government, we will not compromise on the quality of the vehicles," he said.
According to the company, it has signed an agreement with the Civil Aviation Authority of Nepal that also mentions the use of five-year-old vehicles as pre-paid taxis but the company has decided to operate brand new vehicles to maintain its standard.
All vehicles will be of Euro 4 standard, states the company. The company informed that the taxis will charge fare as per government rules, which will be on a display board at Tribhuwan International Airport .
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