Wednesday, August 12, 2015

Govt’s attention drawn towards cable car project

Pokhara Cable car

The Public Accounts Committee under the Legislature-Parliament has drawn the attention of the authority concerned not to allow construction of a cable car project in Basundhara Park near Lakeside in Pokhara.
The proposed Rs 1.3 billion Cable Car Project was going to be undertaken by the Manakamana Cable Car Pvt Ltd across the 108 ropanis of public land in Basundhara Park in Pokhara.
In on Friday’s meeting of the PAC, lawmakers Rabindra Adhikari, Sita Giri Oli and Kumar Khadka from Kaski district drew the attention of the committee not to allow furthering the 1.3 kilometres long Cable Car Project in light of misuse of the public land for commercial purpose.
The Ministry for Physical Infrastructure and Transport had granted permission to the Pokhara Valley City Development Committee to allow the land for the Manakamana Cable Car Pvt Ltd for the same.
Earlier, the locals in the Lakeside area criticised the idea of running a cable car on public land of the park although it was proposed to be developed on build-own-operate-transfer model under which the ownership of the company would be handed over to the government after 20 years.
PAC Chairperson Janardan Sharma shared the committee would make decisions on the same as it had directed the MoPIT to look into the matter and inform the committee.
Source: The Himalayan Times.