Cable car halt spells biz boom for Aanbukhaireni

Tanahun, December 3:

Pilgrims’ progress has been hit hard after the Manakamna cable car service was suspended about three weeks ago.

The transportation woes have compelled the pilgrims to trek from Aanbukhaireni, the entry point to the shrine.

The temple is a three-hour journey by foot from Aanbukhaireni bazaar. However, the suspension has been a windfall for local businessmen. A section of pilgrims are

also availing of bus service from Abuwa to Dhadabari in Gorkha district.

According to Tanahun Chamber of Commerce and Industry (TCCI), Aanbukhaireni bazaar unit, hotels are doing brisk business due to the spurt in pilgrim footfalls.

Businesses in adjoining areas, which fall under Manakamna VDC like Banauti, Samidanda, Dhadbari, Hatiya, had taken a hit after Manakamana Darshan Pvt Ltd had started the cable car service. Desperate locals had also sought employment from the company to make ends meet.

Meanwhile, the talks held between Manakamana Darshan Pvt Ltd and aggrieved security forces of the company may resolve the dispute.

“Separate talks are being held with locals and agitating security guards. The stir may be called off shortly,” said DN Kayastha, station manager, Manakamana Darshan Pvt Ltd.

The security personnel have been on strike from November 8. They are demanding permanent jobs with the company. According to Kayastha, the company has been

incurring a daily loss of Rs 7.5 lakh due to the suspension of cable car service.