Lengthy permission process for helicopter rescue puts tourists at risk

8th Apr, 2018 | Tourism Mail Crew

KATHMANDU, Apr 08: Helicopter flight operators have warned the government regarding the long provision to allow permission to fly helicopters in some prohibited areas of Nepal. Especially, if the tourists are traveling to rescue and travel in Himalaya’s district and Mustang district, they should be allowed from the Home Ministry.

But for this, the Home Ministry will provide the recommendation of the concerned district officer and the Chief District Officer has to ask for the recommendation of the village secretary to allow the permission to use helicopter.

According to senior tourism entrepreneur Nimanuru Sherpa, rescue process is often delayed due to the long process. He said that despite the permission of the Ministry of Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation to conduct operations throughout the country, the provision of additional recommendations should be taken from different bodies.

Sherpa also urged the government to make the process of gaining permission from home ministry easier. "There is no problem in providing immediate relief after gaining permission from the Home Ministry," he said. However, if the process goes through 10 different offices, it would be difficult to rescue people and complicated circumstances could be created.

Due to this, the tourists who have to be immediately rescued and tourists have suffered a major problem. Especially tourists visiting Mustang are found to be victims of this problem more often.