• Voice Of The People

Apr 14, 2017-

A recent piece in these pages put Nepal at a do-bato, with consternation about whether the country will be led in the right direction (‘Hopes for 2074’, April 11, Page 6). We have been wishing, for all eternity, for the state to move forward by taking the best interests of the country and its people into consideration. But as with disappointing occurrences in the past, our politicians could squander this opportunity to accelerate economic growth. They are only good at picking up the “bread crumbs”, and are not worried about the country’s larger developmental issues. My most earnest personal wish is to be proved wrong.

- Armugam Ananta, Via email



I am writing this letter in response to an article in these pages (‘An unforgettable journey’, April 9, Page 7). It has been three years since I took a flight with China Southern Airline from Melbourne to Guangzhao. The plane that I was on from Australia to China was sophisticated, with immaculate washrooms and seats. However, my flight after changing planes during the stopover for the journey from Guangzhao to Kathmandu was horrendously nerve-racking. The washroom’s door was broken and the lock was not working properly, so I had to hold the door close when I was in the rest room. On top of that, the basin was very dirty. 

I felt like there was discrimination based on which planes they send to certain countries. In developed countries like Australia, airlines need to meet certain safety standards and passengers do not put up with such bad conditions. But in Nepal, who will have time to comment on such “minor” issues when passengers feel lucky enough that they have been granted visas to fly at all. We are being exploited by international airline companies. Suffice it to say that a passenger deserves the right to travel without having to put up with such bad conditions. 

- Shiva Neupane, 

Melbourne, Australia



Without going into the politics of partnership and the real face and finance behind airlines, due credit should be accorded to Himalaya Airlines, which has taken off with not one, but three aircrafts (‘Camel’s nose under the tent’, April 9, Page 6). This is a marked departure from scores of previous Nepali private international airlines, all of which resulted in still births primarily owing to the unscrupulous nature and management deficiency of Nepali traders. The country needs foreign management, and technical and financial investment for the growth of travel and airlines industries. Starting an airline would cost millions of dollars. For the proper development of the airlines industry, we need billions of dollars in Foreign Direct Investment to smash the monopolistic pricing cartels in the domestic sector and increase flight frequency on international routes. 

Almost 200 hotels and homestays in Chitwan are reportedly undergoing a depressing business climate brought on by the infrastructural mess between Mugling and Narayanghat. It hardly makes sense to pay $109 to fly and stay in Chitwan ‘resorts’ that cost as low as $10 a night. Therefore, for the sake of its tourism and airline industries, Nepal has no option but to invite large scale FDI to slash domestic fares and fly in tourists directly from the overseas markets. We need a Ryan air or an Indigo in the domestic sector as well as in international skies. We need to find a solution to the problematic sector of Nepali tourism. Unless we invite FDI for airlines, our dream of bringing in 2.5 million tourists by 2025 will not materialise.

- Manohar Shrestha, via email

Published: 14-04-2017 08:38

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