Pokhara—Pokhara Metropolitan City has decided to ban paragliding companies from operating in Pokhara sky. According to PMC ward 18 chairman Rana Bahadur Thapa, such decision was only effective to those who have not paid tax to the PMC office.
Around five dozens of paragliding companies have been registered in Civil Aviation Authority of Nepal but except Mountain View Paragliding Company, no other company has paid tax to PMC office for three years. “We will not allow the paragliding companies to operate their service in Pokhara until they pay tax,” ward chair Thapa said. According to Thapa, those who pay and paid tax will be allowed operation permit.
At the same time, CAN Pokhara also decided to halt issuing permit to solo paragliding pilots till another decision. According to CAN Pokhara chief Bhola Prasad Guragain, the decision was taken as two foreigner solo pilots lost their lives and two other injured within three days during paragliding in Pokhara. CAN also sought clarification from those companies who provided permit to deceased and injured pilots.
Nepal Airsports Association General Secretary Basanta Raj Dawadi said that their companies have already been registered in CAAN and Office of the Company Register. So, according to him, no one has right to stop their flight operation of paragliding. “Most of the accidents have happened with solo pilots,”he added, CAAN should effectively monitor the activities of paragliding pilots.