Wednesday, August 12, 2015

PAC draws Ministry’s attention on cable car project in Pokhara

Pokhara Cable Car

Kathmandu, Aug 7: The Public Accounts Committee (PAC) 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 public land in Basundhara Park in Pokhara.
In today’s meeting of the PAC, various lawmakers as Rabindra Adhikari, Sita Giri Oli and Kumar Khadka among others from Kaski district have drawn 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 (MoPIT) 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 were reported to have criticized the idea of running a cable car in the public land of the Park although it was proposed to be developed as per the build-own-operate-transfer (BOOT) model and the ownership of the company to be handed to the government after 20 years.
PAC Chairperson Janardan Sharma shared that the Committee will make decisions on the same after examining the issue as it had directed the MoPIT to look into the matter and inform the Committee. “The action will be taken accordingly,” he added.
The Rising Nepal