Transportation in Nepal

Transportation in Nepal

Readily Available — In Kathmandu, we will build a network of podways that will provide transportation to 85% of the households in the Kathmandu Valley within 500 meters of their front doors. Our goal is to make transportation readily available to everyone.

Affordable service — We will price our fares that compete with the total-cost-of-ownership of a 150 cc motorbike per passenger/kilometer. Not only does this make the podway affordable, it does not require passengers to spend time servicing their motorbikes.

24 hour-a-day service – We will provide service to all stations at all times of the day or night. We will increase the number of cars available during peak hours and reduce the number of cars at during low periods. We will provide service to every platform at least every 30 minutes.

Fast service – Our pods will travel at 65 kilometers/hour in the city. Our pods will travel on an elevated guide path that will not stop at intersections or be hampered by traffic jams. Our pods will not stop at platforms unless there is a need to drop or pickup passengers. This speeds passenger flow considerably.

Safety is paramount – According to current statistics, Kathmandu registers more than 247 traffic deaths a year. Further, the police report hundreds of thousands of traffic injuries a year. The Podway, on the other hand, is designed to eliminate all deaths and injuries.

No pollution – The podways operate on electrical power provided by hydroelectric sources generated in country. The elevated guideways and the pods are designed to operate for decades. Every component of the system is designed to be pollution free to the greatest extent possible with the technologies that are currently available.

High-speed, inter-city, frequent service – We will build pods that will travel up to 500 km per hour between cities; this speed competes quite favorably with air travel when the cost of check-in is factored in. Further, we had easily schedule trips every hour or so. These frequent trips are far more convenient than flights that are scheduled only once or twice a day. Further, we could easily schedule quick stops at en-route destinations that may be convenient otherwise.

A Himalayan tour – We envision creating a Himalayan tour that will skirt the mountains and provide a stunning view that will provide a tourist attraction that will appeal to the “arm chair trekker.” This tour will stop at dozens of sites of extraordinary beauty that would simply not be available to the hundreds of thousands of tourists who could not manage the time, rigor, or cost of traditional trekking