Hoteliers leave CNP with belongings as deadline nears
CHITWAN, Nov. 14: Owners of hotels operated inside the Chitwan National Park (CNP) have started to take out their belongings as the deadline given to them to take out their belongings is ending Thursday.
Five hotels have been closed from mid-July after their contract terminated from mid-July.The Park had directed the hoteliers to vacate the hotels by mid-November.
According to Chief Conservation Officer at the Park, Jhamak Bahadur Karki, the hoteliers have taken almost all belongings and they could take the belongings till Thursday.According to Manager of the Hotel ´Tiger Tops´, Ram Singh Gurung, some belongings are to be taken out as the Supreme Court had issued a stay order on the hotels.
The government, focusing the tourism year, had extended the contract of hotels for three years even if there were demands from all sides to remove the hotels from the park in 2066 BS.
Out of the seven hotels in the park, one was closed earlier, one is in operation as it is in Narayani Safari buffer zone and the remaining are closed from mid-July.
The hotels were in operation after making agreement with government for 16 years in 2050 BS but now hotel operators out of the park and conservationists are in protest, saying hotels and poachers have affected the natural heritages.
Tiger Tops, Machan Wild Life Resort, Narayani Safari, Rhino Wild Life Camp, Chitwan Jungle Lodge, Iceland Jungle Resort and Temple Tiger Resort were in operation inside the park.