Locals protested for imposing dual tax charges in Nagarkot
16th Nov, 2018 | Tourism Mail Crew
KATHMANDU, Nov 16: The locals have protested for the dual tax charged by Mandandeupur Municipality of Kavre and Changunarayan Municipality to while visiting Nagarkot. The locals of Nagarkot have initiated “Save Nagarkot Campaign” to protest against the local government's decision in Maitighar to impose dual taxes on tourists visiting a single destination.
Changunarayan Municipality in Bhaktapur recently began collecting entrance fees from tourists. At the same time, Mandandeupur Municipality in Kavrepalanchok also started collecting entrance fees from visitors. Nagarkot, which lies in the border of Bhaktapur and Kavrepalanchok, has had to bear the burden of double taxation from the two municipalities. The locals gathered together to stage protest against the imposition of the taxes which could hamper tourism in the hill station.
Dhan Bahadur Lama, Secretary of Naldum Tourism Development Committee said that the number of tourist in Nagarkot has decreased upto 30% due to the double charge of the tax. Changunarayan Municipality had started collecting entrance fee in the fiscal year 2074-75. This is against the law as the local governments have no authority to impose such fees without formulation of laws by the provincial government. The provincial government has made no provisions of collecting fee for tourists so far.
Visitors are often charged multiple times by various local bodies while travelling to a single destination. Locals state that this has hampered Nagarkot's tourism industry as more and more travelers are discouraged to visit because of the hefty fines charged again and again.