Indian ambassador extends support to improve airport's infrastructure in Humla
September 16, 2018 02:25 PM NPT
HUMLA, Sept 16: On Saturday, Humla had an unexpected guest: Manjeev Singh Puri, the Indian Ambassador to Nepal.
Puri had reached Simikot, the district's headquarter to meet Indian pilgrims who came to head to Kailash Mansarovar. At Simikot, Puri met with local representatives to understand challenges Indian tourists were facing on their journey to Kailash Mansarovar, Padam Bahadur Lama, chairperson of Simikot Rural Municipality said.
In reply, Lama said that the challenges were far lesser than what the media had been reporting. He also said that the district had the capacity to keep 1000 tourists safe when they were stalled by bad weather. On July, 1000 Indian pilgrims were stranded in Simikot due to heavy rainfall while returning from Kailash Mansarovar.
During the interaction, Puri expressed willingness to help improve the airport's primary health center, waiting room and restrooms, Karna Bahadur Rawal, chairperson of Khapurnath rural municipality said. The ambassador had also interacted with Indian nationals who had returned from the pilgrim's procession and heading to Nepalgunj. "During my interaction, they said there wasn't any challenges during their visit," Puri said.
Puri also visited hotels in Simikot and the District Hospital and confirmed there were no logistical hurdles for tourists.