Evading the TIMS card in ACAP
24th Dec, 2016 | Tourism Mail Crew
POKHARA: Due to Mismanagement of counter of Annapurna Conservation Area Project (ACAP) region TIMS Trekkers’ Information Management System (TIMS) cost evading can’t be controlled.
Although the provision of Trekkers' Information Management System (TIMS) came into effect on January 1st , 2008. Since then, the Trekking Agencies Association of Nepal (TAAN) and Nepal Tourism Board (NTB) started recording trekkers’ details and began issuing TIMS Card to trekkers. In Annapurna circuit the rate of evading TIMS card is increasing.
‘Tourists visiting ACAP region are required to pay both ACAP’s entry fee and TIMS card fee as they take ACAP’s entry card but they don’t take TIMS card’ senior officer of Pokhara chapter of Nepal Tourism Board Surya Thapalia said.
‘With increasing the rate of evading TIMS card Pokhara chapter of Nepal Tourism Board start investigating in TIMS counter of Tatopani Myagdi and Besishar Lamjung, main entrance to Annapurna circuit he informed while investigating tourist are although evading too’ he said.
‘If we can manage existing TIMS counter it can be control’ Thapalia assured.
TAAN responsibility is to management of TIMS counter and Nepal tourism to investigate. If TIMS card evading tourist found they make card access necessarily but there is no exact punishment till. ‘Some trekking agency are responsible for this problem’ ex president of western TAAN Ramchandra Sharma said.
Group trekkers will have to pay Blue TIMS cards by paying a fee of Rs 1,000 per person, while FITs have to get Green TIMS cards by paying a fee of Rs 2,000. Similarly, group trekkers from SAARC countries have to pay Rs 300 for TIMS cards, while FITs from the SAARC region have to pay Rs 600 each.
Fund collected from TIMS card, Board and TAAN should spend mutually. 30% to Board, 30% to TAAN and left 40% of 30% mutually for tourism development and 10% in worker provident fund.
TINS counters are situated in Besishar, Dhampus, Birethati, and Tatopani in Annapurna route.