Nodal agency for Kailash-Mansarovar yatra seeks increase in charges for pilgrimage

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 29 Nov 2017 08:53:04



It has suggested increasing the charges per person from Rs 35,000 to Rs 48,000

WITH more people preferring to go to Kailash-Mansarovar through the Lipulekh Pass following the Dokalam standoff, Kumaon Mandal Vikas Nigam, the nodal agency for the yatra, has sent a proposal to the Centre for a hike in the charges for the pilgrimage.
It has suggested increasing the charges per person from Rs 35,000 to Rs 48,000.

“We submitted our proposal to the Ministry of External Affairs yesterday seeking an increase of Rs 13,000 in the pilgrimage cost per pilgrim as travel by buses, meals and labour services have all become dearer,” General Manager (Tourism) KMVN T S Martolia said. The number of pilgrims undertaking the yatra through Lipulekh also rose suddenly last year following closure of the other route through Nathula in Sikkim in the wake of the Dokalam stand-off.

“Hence, the increase in the charges has been sought to deal with the increased pressure of pilgrims whose satisfaction is our goal,” Martolia said. “After China obstructed pilgrimage through Nathu La last year, we witnessed sudden increase in pilgrims willing to undertake the journey through Lipulekh. Some modifications need to be made in view of the growing pressure on this route,” he said. “There was an abrupt addition of nearly 400 pilgrims last year as the alternative route through Sikkim was disturbed.”