Picnicking in Dolalghat banned

Local administration has banned picnicking on the banks of Indrawati and Sunkoshi rivers in Dolalghat.

Dolalghat, the confluence of Indrawati and Sunkoshi, had remained a popular picnic spot near the Capital for last few decades.

District Administration Office (DAO), Kavre said the ban was imposed after a number of picnickers went missing in rivers every year while swimming.

The Ministry of Home Affairs (MoHA) had directed the Hetaunda-based Central Regional Administrative Office to ban the site for picnic. Following the directive, the Regional Administration had written to Kavre DAO on November 16 to implement the decision.

Kavre Chief District Officer (CDO) Kedar Neupane said local police are strictly monitoring the site after the directive. “But, we can not return those who did not know the decision,” he added, “We let them picnic and ask not to come again.”

In average, five to 10 persons died while swimming every year in Dolalghat.

Local Kalpana Shrestha said most visitors were from Kathmandu.

Meanwhile, Kavre DAO also restricted picnickers from Kusheshwor Temple area that lies at a meeting point of Kavre, Sindhuli and Ramechhap districts, citing the same reason.

The temple is on bank of the Sunkoshi River.

Source: THT