Annapurna Conservation Area Project (A-CAP) scrapped its decision to impose entrance fee to Nepali visitors after public staged a lockdown in ACAP office to protest against the decision.
The lockdown at ACAP office in Birethati was opened following the decision to scrap the entrance fee. The office was opened after a meeting between ACAP officers and locals agreed not to impose any entrance fees to Nepali tourists. Locals from Annapurna Rural Municipality, Ward 6 to 11 had locked the ACAP office since December 9.
Yuvraj Kunwar, Chief of Annapurna Rural Municipality, informed that Nepali visitors in ACAP region will not have to face any problems after the agreement with the protestors. He also said that the locals were agitated as government took the decision against the local consent. Chief Kunwar also demanded that at least 60 percent of the revenue raised locally should spent for local infrastructural development.
Tek Bahadur Gurung, local from the region said that the local community was forced to organize the protest as the government’s decision directly affected internal touriam in the area. Gurung is also the coordinator of protest committee.