Pokhara—The preparation of 9th Pokhara Festival that starts from January 11 has completed, informed organizer United Club Pokhara, holding a press meet on Tuesday at program venue in Amarsingh Play Ground. Some 2,50,000 visitors have been expected in the festival that would have around 250 different stalls.
According to UCP chairman and festival coordinator Lalkaji Gurung, the festival has been organizing to establish a Pokhara Zoological Park (PZP) in Lekhnath. He further informed that the development of education, health and sports sectors is also a part of the festival purpose. Conservation of Seti River is another important motive of the festival. According to UCP, the club has been providing the scholarship in a dozen of community school of Gandaki Province and numbers of free health camps also has alredy been completed.
In this way, cultural rallies and cultural programs, expo and sales of industrial goods, expo of handicrafts, stalls of IT, sales of grocery items, materials of tourism promotion, children parks, automobile stalls and agro items would be the attractions of the festival, informed publicity coordinator Shanta Bahadur Thapa. Normal ticket costs Rs 80 and Rs 60 for student ticket to enter the festival sponsored by Jagadamba Steel Pvt. Ltd and the festival aims Rs 3,860,000 saving.
Badri Pageni, Prajapati Parajuli, Purushottam Neupane, Pashupati Sharma, Komal Oli, Ramji Khand, Radhika Hamal, Priti Ale, Jyoti Magar, Raju Gurung, Prakash Saput, Rajan Gurung, Kulendra BK, Jeevan Dahal including other artistes would perform during the festival. Similarly, Deepak Bajracharya, Trishna Gurung, Sushanta KC, Sabin Rai, Melina Rai including other artistes and bands would also perform in the festival, informed Raju Shrestha, who is the coordinator of Artiste Management Sub-committee.
In this context, the free bus services and free entry to zoological park of Pachabhaiya of Lekhnath would be provided during the festival time, informed UCP founding chairman and PZP chairman Himalaya Bakhrel. He further informed that the construction works are undergoing in zoological park and Rs 4,585,000 would be invested in first phase there. The park covers the area of 134 hectors and Gandaki Province government has also allocated budget to develop the park.
According to publicity coordinator Thapa, Rs 1 has been allocated for Seti River conservation from every entry ticket of the festival. The club has already installed CCTV cameras at Seti River Bridge in Prithvi Chowk and Buddha Chowk. Some 150 solar lights have also been installed in different parts of the Pokhara.