Problems Invade in Swift Implementation of TIMS Card system
2nd Feb, 2017 | Tourism Mail Crew
KATHMANDU, Feb 2 : The Trekkers’ Information Management Systems (TIMS) Card has been made mandatory to ensure the safety and security of trekkers in the general trekking areas. The card which was brought in 2014 is now getting popularity and used by trekkers. In the introductory year of 2014 1, 17, 404 TIMS card were sold off.
In the following year there was swift fall as the earthquake struck Nepal followed by blockade and 2015 witnessed the sale of 71, 300 TIMS Card.
“Though trekker’s numbers was affected in 2015 by the earthquakes and blockade, in 2016 we revived and returned to normalcy”, TAAN's TIMS Department In-Charge Pradip Karki said. A total of 109,639 TIMS card were sold in 2016.
“Trekkers still don’t know what TIMS is and why the fee is being collected TIMS also is facing many problems regarding the implementation,” Karki added. Here are the problems which Department In- Charge of TIMS Mr. Pradip Karki has enlisted.
- Lack of TIMS check post:
In lack of TIMS check post, TIMS is facing the problem of evading of TIMS card. Only one TIMS Check Post is set in Everest trekking route and other 4 check post are under operation in Annapurna trekking route.
Before the earthquake of April 2015, counters of Langtang National Park and TIMS were in the same building. But after the earthquake, National Park Officials re not allowing to set the check post. Because of this, TAAN is facing problem in maintaining database of trekkers visiting the Langtang region.
- Lack of Data Base Management:
Although it is about safety of trekkers due to lack of proper software management, TIMS has no clear data base management.
- Lack of Financial Support:
After 2014 TIMS has not got any financial support from Nepal tourism board as per Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between Trekking Agencies' Association of Neal (TAAN) and Nepal Tourism Board (NTB).
- TIMS can’t totally ensure the security of trekkers, porters their medical problem, death compensation etc.
Some sort of politics also become as one of the hassle to solve those problems, he enlisted.