After two decades of beginning of paragliding sport, paragliding pilots were provided licences for the first time in Pokhara, on Wednesday.
Though the adventurous sport has already become popular among domestic and foreign tourists, no any authentic licence was distributed to pilots by the Nepal Government.
Two decades ago, a joint team of British pilot Adam Hil and Nepali tourist entrepreneur Biru Bamjam had started paragliding in Pokhara.
Civil Aviation Authority of Nepal (CIAA) under the Ministry of Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation had distributed four temporary licences to pilots at a programme organised here yesterday.
Pilots Rajesh Bamjam, Damodar Parajuli, Sanobabu Sunwar and Bimal Adhikari were the four Nepalis to get the first paragliding temporary licences, according to the CAAN Pokhara Head Deepak Baral.
Baral further said the licence was distributed to them after seeing their performance, adding, the distribution of licence would help controlling tax evasion and managing rules and insurance regarding the game.
After getting the licence, Rajesh Bamjam expressed his happiness, saying paragliding should be developed as a sport for its development. Bamjam has already spent his 19 years in this field.
Another license holder Sanobabu Sunwar said the license would help controlling illegal flights as well as further development of the adventurous game.
Nepal Air Sports Association, Executive Chairman, Sovita Baniya informed that the fulfillment of their long-awaited demand for licences would help them manage the sport in a systematic way.
There are altogether 120 tandem pilots in Pokhara; out of which, 80 have applied for the licence.
Earlier, the Nepali pilots were working on the basis of foreign licences or without any.
Sarangkot, a village near Pokhara, of Kaski is graded as one of the top paragliding destinations in the world. The game can be operated in any season if the weather is good.
According to tourism entrepreneurs, in a sunny day, more than 300 people can enjoy the paragliding here.