Motorboat service in Naryani resumes after closure for four months

Published On: October 27, 2023 08:06 AM NPT By: Republica  | @RepublicaNepal

BHARATPUR (Chitwan), Oct 26:The motorboat service in the Narayani River has come back into operation with the exit of monsoon. Motorboat operation on the river was temporarily suspended due to rising water levels caused by the monsoon rains.

Monsoon rains tentatively forced the service closure for a complete three months from Asar to Bhadra (mid-June to mid-September). However, this year the closure extended due to a delayed monsoon, according to Narayani Motorboat Entrepreneurs Association chair Ashesh Malla.

In recent times, the availability of motorboat services on the river has attracted a growing number of domestic tourists. Around 2,000 people visit the riverbanks daily to enjoy a motorboat ride and this number remains higher during the Dashain and Tihar festivals.

The motorboat service on the river was initiated in 2076 BS (2019-20) with just one motorboat. Currently, there are 32 registered large and small motorboat companies, with 19 already serving visitors.

The service offers various packages and is available from the Narayani Bridge to Majuwa Tapu Pokhara Bus Park, Majuwa Tapu Pokhara Bus Park to Radha Krishna Temple in Gaindakot, Majuwa Tapu to Parijat Park, and from the Narayani Bridge to Devghat. Large motor boats can accommodate 18 to 25 passengers at once, while small motor boats can carry up to 12 passengers for short distances. The service charges are Rs 250 per person for the short route and Rs 1,500 for the long route.

The Bharatpur Metropolitan City imposes a 15% tax on the revenue generated from this service.


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