The government has finally managed to break transporters’ syndicate on the 75-kilometer Beni-Jomsom road.
Now onwards, one can drive his/her private vehicle all the way to Jomsom without any obstacles. Earlier, local transporters used to stop private vehicles, leaving passengers with no option but to board their jeeps. Similarly, passengers needn’t change vehicles between Beni and Jomsom. Earlier, they had to change vehicles at Ghasa.
The Western Regional Administration Office took the decision after holding discussion with concerned stakeholders. It has also fixed one way fare on jeep at Rs 800 per person for the time being and asked stakeholders to fix fare by mid-August.
Earlier, local transport entrepreneurs were fleecing passengers by charging arbitrary fares. They also used to charge fare from passengers traveling in tourist vehicles.
The office has said it would take strong action against any individual or groups that obstruct vehicular movement on Beni-Jomsom road. The office has also directed local administration to take necessary measures for ensuring smooth movement of vehicles on the road.
The Beni-Jomsom road is the gateway to the holy shrine of Muktinath. Thousands of tourists from India visit the temple every year. However, they were facing difficulties in the past due to high-handedness of local transport entrepreneurs. The road also happens to the entry point for various trekking routes in the Annapurna Region, including the popular Lo Manthang Trek.