लण्डन । बेलायतबाट १ सय ४६ जना नेपाली लिएर नेपाल उडेको पहिलो चार्टर उडान बिहिबार बिहान काठमाडौंमा सकुशल अवतरण गरेको छ। लण्डनको ग्याटविक अन्तर्राष्ट्रिय विमानस्थलबाट बुधबार दिउसो उडेको जजिरा एयरलाइन्सको सो बिमान निर्धारित समय भन्दा करिब १ घण्टा अघि नै अवतरण गरेको जनाइएको छ।
बेलायतमा कोरोना ( कोभिड-१९) महामारी र लकडाउनका कारण बिगत ३ महिना भन्दा बढी समयदेखि अलपत्रमा परेका नेपालीहरु लिएर उक्त पहिलो चार्टर बिमान उडेको थियो। अब २६ जुन शुक्रबार दोस्रो चार्टर बिमान फेरी उड्ने तयारीमा छ। चार्टर उडानका लागि नेपालस्थित सोसाइटी इन्टरनेसनल ट्राभल्स सर्भिसेजबाट टिकट काट्नु पर्छ। बेलायतस्थित नेपाली राजदुताबासले आफै र विभिन्न संघ संस्थाको सहयोगमा अलपत्र र अत्याबश्यक कारणले नेपाल जाने नेपालीहरुको नामावली संकलन गरेको छ।
राजदुताबासका उप नियोग प्रमुख तथा प्रबक्ता शरदराज आरनले पहिलोमा जस्तै दोस्रो उडानको लागि नेपालीहरुलाई टिकट काट्न अनुरोध गरेका छन् ।
पहिलो चरणमा १ सय ५८ जनालाई नेपाल पठाउने भनिए पनि १ सय ४६ जना मात्र उडेका थिए । सिट क्षमताभन्दा कम व्यक्तिहरुले टिकट लिएका कारण १२ वटा सिट खाली भएको थियो । नेपाल सरकारले बेलायतबाट दुई चरणमा यहाँ अड्किएका नेपालीहरुको उद्धार गर्ने योजना अनुसार दोस्रो चरणमा शुक्रबार अर्को उडान उडान हुदैछ ।
नेपाली दुताबास र अन्य संघ संस्थामार्फत करिब ४ सय ५० भन्दा बढी नेपालीहरुले नेपाल जाने इच्छा व्यक्त गरेका थिए । तर पछिल्लो समयमा भने एक सय भन्दा बढीले नेपाल आफ्नो नाम फिर्ता लिएका छन्। एकतर्फी टिकटको मूल्य ९ सय २० पाउण्ड अत्यधिक भएका कारण कतिपय व्यक्तिहरुले अन्तिम समयमा आएर टिकट नकाटेको बताइएको छ। उक्त टिकटको भाडा नेपाल सरकार पर्यटन मन्त्रालयले तोकेको दुताबासको कथन छ। साथै नेपाल पुगेपछि नेपाल सरकारले तोकेको क्वारेन्टीनमा बस्नु पर्ने नियम छ ।
खासगरी कोरोना टेस्ट , सामाजिक दुरी लगायतका बिषयमा अस्पस्ट भएको भन्ने गुनासो व्यापक रुपमा सुनिएको छ। महँगो भनिएको टिकटको मूल्य ९ सय २० पाउण्ड भनिएकोमा बढाएर ९ सय ४० पाउण्ड लिएको पाइएको छ। हेर्नुहोस , सामाजिक संजालमा पाइएको एउटा भनाइ जस्ताको तस्तै :
VERY IMPORTANT INFORMATION FOR NEPALESE TRAVELLING FROM THE UK TO NEPAL!! PLS SHARE TO PREPARE.
Due to severe health condition of my father-in-law, my husband had to rush to Nepal yesterday. Thankfully,
Embassy of Nepal, London
(EoN) and NRNA UK had arranged a chartered airbus from Gatwick to Kathmandu for Nepalese stuck in the UK. That was really nice of them at least my husband could travel to Nepal in such situation to see his dad but I am stunned for the negligence on circulating proper information and not taking safety measures by them. My husband went EoN in person. The following written conditions were disclosed online:
1. Passport needed
2. PCR or RDT negative (no mention of how recent the Covid19 result should be of)
ANS: 1 week prior to the travel date
3. Quarantine as per say by Government of Nepal (no mention of only Hotels enlisted in Hotel Association Nepal)
ANS: Book hotel listed on Hotel Association Nepal
4. Pay one way ticket £920. He was charged £940 (approx. Rs 1,40,000)
5. Change in flight due to less number of travellers or unfavourable conditions
6. Ways to pay fare
7. Fill up the form (which was rejected at Nepal Airport, New form was handed to fill)
ANS: well, take a pen with you to fill up new form at Nepal Airport
Why didn’t the staff member of EoN mentioned and checked all the details properly before enlisting my husband to the chartered airbus?
His ticket disclosed departure from “South Terminal” by Able Nepal Travels & Tours Pvt. Ltd. (I assume this is the agent). We reached the airport 2 hours prior the flight. When we reached Gatwick after 1 and half hour drive, all flights at Gatwick Airport was operating from “North Terminal”. So, we lost half an hour there to reach North Terminal. My husband had to wait around 2 hours queuing up to check-in. There was no social distancing while queuing up. Eventually , the flight was delayed by an hour. Finally, he boarded the airbus which was full of people with no sign of social distancing. There should have been limitation on number of people to board the flight with empty middle seats to create some distance between passengers. He had to stay in the plane during transit in Kuwait for 2 hours.
My husband had Covid19 test 3 weeks back which was negative. We were not sure if we needed recent test result (logically yes recent test result is needed. For your information, 1 week is the valid period for Covid19 result in Nepal) . He did not had any symptoms so in case he will be stopped at Nepal airport, he had confirmation letter from hotel to stay in quarantine and go for the Covid19 test in Nepal, the day after his arrival. He reached Nepal, he had to wait in the airbus for 2 hours because it was announced all terminals are busy. He didn’t get his luggage, 60 peoples’ luggage are stuck in London and is due to reach Nepal tomorrow. He was denied to stay in quarantine at the hotel he booked because the hotel was not listed in Hotel Association Nepal. He and all the passengers even with recent PCR or RDT negative result were then taken by army on the same bus to a party palace to undergo procedures that could have been done in the airport itself. There he was said that test will be done today and if the result is negative, he is free to go. Later, he was told, the test will be done tomorrow. My brother-in-law in Nepal arranged for the hotel listed in HAN and finally my husband was able to go the hotel where one night cost is Rs 6000 per night. Tomorrow, he will undergo Covid19 test which costs Rs 15000.
My questions are why is there no proper circulation of information? Why is the flight fare so expensive in this critical situation? So much of misinformation that caused so much stress. I am sharing this so Nepalese going to Nepal can be prepared for the travel before departure and after arrival. I feel really sorry for people who can’t simply afford to go through all these hassles physically, mentally and financially.
Photo: In the chartered Airbus yesterday from Gatwick to Kathmandu