Police post to exclusively cater to tourists in Bhaktapur area

- Anup Ojha, BHAKTAPUR

Aug 26, 2014-

Bhaktapur Sub-Metropolitan City is all set to open a Tourist Police Post (TPP) next week to cater to the problems and complaints of the tourists.

This TPP is the first of its kind in Bhaktapur and will provide its services exclusively for tourists. The Bhaktapur Municipality has already provided two rooms and other pre-requisites to set up the TPP at its premises, where seven cops will be working. Sub-inspector Dinesh Thapa will take the charge of the post according to Basundhara Khadka, police Inspector at TPP in Bhruktimandap.

 Although Bhaktapur is considered to be the one of the most popular tourist destinations in the country, due to its rich heritage and unspoilt centuries-old traditions, tourists do not have the opportunity to file their grievances.

The fiscal year 2013-14 saw the footfall of 290,891, according to data given by Tourism Department in Bhaktapur.

Till date, Bhaktapur Municipality has been handling the tourist related problems. Tourism entrepreneur say the tourists could not put in their complaints for the area does not have a TPP.

“Establishing TPP here will be making the environment more convenient for tourists and their solutions will be easily solved,” says Gautam Lasiwa, head of the Bhaktapur Tourism Development Committee. This is a combined initiative of Metropolitan Police Range Bhaktapur, Bhaktapur Municipality and Bhaktapur Tourism Development Committee. Currently, a total of 156 cops have been mobilised all over Nepal to help tourists, with seventy-five cops inside the valley.  The places inside the valley which have TPP are Basantapur, Thamel, Tribhuwan International Airport, Mangalbazar, Pashupatinath, Swyambhu and  Bhirkutimandap. Similarly, outside the valley, Pokhara, Lukla, Lumbini, Birgunj, Janakpur, Jhapa, Rasuwa, Solukhumbu, Chitwan, Manang, Mustang and Magdi have TPPs. TPP has its central office, named Tourist Service Center, at Bhruktimandap.

It was established in 1979 under the Ministry of Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation’s Tourism Industry Division.

Tourist Police is a special unit of Nepal Police, which was established in 1979 and working under Ministry of Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation.

Published: 27-08-2014 10:36

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