Pokhara—Western Regional Hotel Association Pokhara has submitted 25-point attention letter to Pokhara Lekhnath Metropolitan City (PLMC) Office Mayor Man Bahadur GC on Wednesday.
A team of hoteliers led by WRHA Pokhara Chairman Bikal Tulachan has reached PLMC Office to submit their demands. The memorandum they submitted to Mayor urges to apply the previous rate of unified property tax. According to Chairman Tulachan, PLMC office had agreed with entrepreneurs not to increase the rate of unified property tax for five years but that agreement has been breached by the former. WRHA Pokhara immediate past president Bharat Raj Parajuli said that hotel buildings and premises covers ample space and the rate of property tax happens to be a huge burden and unpractical for entrepreneurs.
The memorandum also includes the demands of construction of Pokhara Regional International Airport as soon as possible. Similarly, the construction of public toilets, consruction of foot and cycle tracks along the roadsides, systematic parking, installation of informative digital boards in public areas and the controlling of stray dogs and cattle are also the subject of attention letter.
The WRHA also urges the PLMC office to construct cricket stadium in Pokhara, renovation of Pokhara City Hall and construction of Pokhara Ring road. Hoteliers also demanded to develop Begnas Lake as a recreational and water sports center. Establishment of cultural museum, international standard route marking, garbage management and conservation of cultural and heritage sites are also the points included in the memorandum.
Announcement for ward number 6 and 17 as special tourism zone, sound proof bars and discotheques, reduction of sound pollution, underground wire networks and punishment to those who pile the construction materials along the road sides are also the demands, informed WRHA Pokhara General Secretary Ganesh Raj Pahari.