President of TAAN Khum Bahadur Subedi emphasizes need to promote local products to promote Bandipur

11th Oct, 2021 | Tourism Mail Crew

KATHMANDU, Oct 11: The Bandipur Cable Car project under construction in Bandipur has been postponed for two years. Although the foundation stone was laid in  Mid- week of July 2018 and there was plan to operate the cable car by the  mid week of February, 2021, the project has been postponed for two years due to the impact of COVID-19.

President of Trekking Agencies Association of Nepal (TAAN), Khum Bahadur Subedi said that Bandipur carries a great historical and cultural significance. “New investment has increased in Bandipur. We can see new hotels and increase in tourism activities in Bandipur. Foreigners are also interested in investing at Bandipur,” he said.

He also mentioned that the tourism entrepreneurs are in a great loss due to COVID and for that state government should support them to uplift their business. “It will take more 5 years for our tourism sector to rise and the government should support them. The entrepreneurs should also promote local products and increase the infrastructures of Bandipur so that the tourists can spend time. 

Ram Chandra Sharma, President of Bandipur Cable Car and Tourism Limited, said that the work of the project has been affected since April, 2020 due to COVID-19. Sharma informed that all the work of the bottom station and the work of the cable car will be completed on 13th Feb, 2023.

"The work could not be completed on time due to the Corona pandemic," he said. The company had formulated a strategy to bring the cable car project with tourism infrastructure in full operation along with the entire infrastructure package including hotels from April 14, 2022. Preparations have been made to complete the construction of the upper station including the multi-dimensional four-star hotel and bring the project into operation on September 18, 2023.

Prior to that, the company is going to bring the restaurant zone into operation on February 13, 2022. "Restaurant facilities inside the cable car have become a major attraction. We are preparing to provide this service every day from 5 pm to 9 pm," said Sharma. According to him, as there will be restaurants in the lower and upper stations, the service can be provided in the restaurant package.

The total cost of the project has reached Rs 2.10 billion. Landscaping and artificial waterfalls will also be built here. Director of the company Taranath Upadhyaya informed that strategic preparations have been made to transform the hotel from a four-star to a five-star hotel after a certain time and management.

The Siddha Cave at Bimalnagar, which is claimed to be the largest in Asia, can also be observed by the cable car connecting Thuldhungaswara to Baralthok. Starting from Thuldhungaswara, the cable car will reach the height of Bandipur by passing by Siddha Cave. The car will travel one kilometer 600 meters. The company is offering concessions on cable car tickets to locals.