Tourists inflow via Gaddachauki down
Bhimduttanagar, Aug 30: Score of influx of tourists through Gaddachauki, the western checkpoint of the country, is gradually declining owing to transport trouble along Nepal-India border.
Inflow of tourists to Nepal via western border checkpoint is ebbing every year due to unmanaged vehicular service from Indian market, Banaras, to Mahendranagar.
Though passenger-ferrying Nepali vehicles are in operation from Mahendranagar to Gaddachauki, tourists are compelled to walk along a section of seven-kilometre road to get another vehicle.
Tourists are facing further trouble when they are forced to pay high price for rickshaw service on the border, according to the Immigration Office, Gaddachauki.
Likewise, tourists’ arrival has decreased due to flood-triggered disruption of vehicles operating from Delhi to Kathmandu and Pokhara via Gaddachauki checkpoint. The flood-fed Mahakali River obstructed mobility on the road in the rainy season since Indian sides do not keep the spruce gate of the Banbasa bridge open all the time.Vehicular operation on the road has stopped for the past one month due to flood, said Assistant Officer Shekhar Nath Ojha.
According to immigration office, around 2,034 tourists had entered Nepal via Gaddachauki checkpoint in 2009 while it was 1,396 in 2010, 1,640 in 2011, 1,608 in 2012, 1,739 in 2013 and 1,179 up to July of the current year 2014.