Khumbu residents demand Salleri-Beni road extension

- KUMBHARAJ RAI, SOLUKHUMBU

Jun 1, 2014-

Locals of Khumbu region have demanded an extension of the Salleri-Beni track to Surke in Chaurikharka.

Apart from controlling inflation in the country, locals were of the view that tourism would be boosted if the area is linked by road.

The locals complained of irregular flights from the Tenjing Hilari Airport in Lukla due to the bad weather have made matters worse, affecting movement and tourism in general.

“Domestic tourism could possibly increase if Surke is linked by road,” said Dawaphuti Sherpa, owner of a hotel in Lukla.

Some aircraft companies have recently reduced flights due to frequent bad

weather. The airport is considered the second busiest

airport after Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu.

“It takes three days to reach the district headquarters from here.

Locals are finding it hard to travel to cities like Kathmandu due to limited flights,” said another local resident Phurwa Lama.

Hotel entrepreneur Dil Thapamagar said road access would benefit the economical tourists. “Those who cannot afford flights can travel by road,” he said.

According to the District Development Committee, it has prioritised developing the Salleri-Surke track. Local Development Officer Laxman Dhakal said the District Council has forwarded a plan to construct the road. Planning Officer Roshan Shankar Ghimire said the Department of Roads has completed an initial survey of the road.

 

Published: 02-06-2014 11:47

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