Pokhara—Pokhara Metropolitan City has issued an ultimatum of seven days for paragliding companies to pay to pay tax, on Tuesday evening. A joint meeting among Nepal Airsports Association (NAA), Nepal Paragliding and Hang Gliding Association and PMC Mayor Man Bahadur GC has reached an agreement to clear due tax within a week.
Earlier, showing the tax evasion, PMC office had announced the banning over the flight operation of paragliding companies, who have been evading tax for four years, from Wednesday. But taking a step back PMC office has extended its ultimatum.
Besides two- Monal Paragliding and Mountain View Paragliding, no other company has paid tax to the PMC office, informed ward 18 chairman Rana Bahadur Thapa. “We will ban the companies from flying if they clear due during the given time,” he added. There is a due of Rs 86,000 of four years in the name of every paragliding company. There are around five dozen paragliding companies in Nepal.
Similarly, NAA chairman Yogesh Bhattarai said that they are ready to pay tax and clear due amount but the tax rate is excessively high. ‘Even big hotels and hospitals pay less tax than our companies,’ he added, it need to be slashed the tax rates for us.
In the context of paragliding, the Civil Aviation Authority of Nepal has banned in solo flights as two persons were killed and two other injured in recent four days’ four accidents. CAAN also suspended two paragliding companies- Blue Sky and Frontier under which deceased and injured pilots had gone for flights, informed CAAN Pokhara chief Bhola Prasad Guragain.