Govt body says no permit given for Shakya’s Fewa resort

Published On: August 11, 2017 07:30 AM NPT By: Prashant Lamichhane

KATHMANDU, Aug 10: It has come to light that the Waterfront Resort being run on the banks  of Fewa Lake in Pokhara by tourism entrepreneur Karna Shakya was built and operated without permission from the  government bodies concerned.

The Tourism Industry Division, in its reply to the Supreme Court in connection with a writ petition filed against Shakya, said that the division didn’t give him any permission to operate a resort there.

“There is no record of this division recommending  registration of Park Village Water Front Resort as a tourist resort in accordance with  chapter 10 of the Tourism Act-2035 BS,” reads the answer given by the division to the Supreme Court.

Advocate Khagendra Subedi  filed a writ petition at the apex court in June 2011 against encroachment of Fewa Lake and demanding that the operation of the resort be immediately stopped. The case named  Karna Shakya,  the Prime Minister’s Office,  Tourism Ministry,   Department of Industry, Tourism Industry Division, Office of the Company Registrar, Office of Cottage and Small Industry and the Tourism Office among others as defendants.

The Tourism Act has a provision that makes it mandatory to allow the operation of a hotel, resort or  restaurant only after studying the land ownership certificate, the map, the  kitchen, toilet and parking, a field report and an environment impact report.

Earlier, a government committee formed to probe  Fewa Lake encroachment stated in its report  that Shakya’s resort was built in the Few Lake conservation area.

In issuing permission to register a hotel, resort or restaurant in a tourist area, the Tourism Industry Division must adhere to its internal working procedures.
“Regarding the plaintiff’s claim that Park Village Water Front Resort Pvt Ltd had received  permission from this division to operate as a tourist resort, we inform that this division hasn’t recommended  registering the said resort as a tourist resort,” reads  point (d) of the division’s reply to the court.

Responding on the same writ petition, defendant National Lake Conservation Development Committee in its reply to the Supreme Court stated that it had written  to the Ministry of Physical Planning, Pokhara Sub-Metropolis, District Administration Kaski and Pokhara Valley Municipality Development Committee requesting on September 12, 2010 to stop the construction of the building at Pokhara Sediphant by  director of Kathmandu Guest House Karna Shakya.
The committee has also stated that Shakya had later publicly expressed his commitment to stop the construction of the building.

Shakya has built huge infrastructure and has been operating the resort in  then Sarangkot VDC-5, which lies inside the wetland area. He owns several plots of land -- 4 ana; 3 ropani, 3 ana, 3 paisa, 1 dam; 2 ana 2 paisa; 5 ana 2 dam; 6 ana 2 paisa; 3 ana; 2 ana; 1 ana 1 paisa; and 5 ana 1 paisa -- all of which fall inside the Few Lake Conservation Area, according to Bishwa Prakash Lamichhane, coordinator of the Fewa Lake Encroachment Probe Committee formed by the government.

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