Saturday, October 30, 2010
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Monday, October 25, 2010
This is the second time since August that Nepal Airlines Corporation has grounded its aircraft.
On January 14, the ambitious NTY 2011 — aiming to attract one million tourists — will kick off. But just when NAC needs to add to its fleet, it has had to ground one of its two aircraft. Something that certainly doesn’t bode well for tourist arrivals.
NAC has been forced to reduce its international flights by half due to a crack in two of the 70 Outlet Guide Vanes in the engine of the 9N-ACB aircraft. The crack was discovered during regular check-up that is conducted after a 500 hours of flight of an aircraft.
“The aircraft has been grounded since Saturday,” said a highly placed NAC source. This has forced NAC to cut down on lucrative destinations.
Normally, NAC makes one flight everyday on the New Delhi route. It also flies thrice a week on the Bangkok and Hong Kong routes, and four times on the Dubai-Doha route, with both aircraft. “Though we will decide how many international flights to reduce tomorrow, we have not flown on the New Delhi route for two days,” the source said, adding, the flights on the Bangkok, Hong Kong and Dubai-Doha routes had already been reduced to half.
“We are in touch with the Boeing company and the engine-maker Rolls Royce to fix the problem,” he added.
“Unlike last time, we will not suspend flights to New Delhi, though we are planning to reduce them to a half,” the source said. Although NAC desperately needs new aircraft, all aircraft purchase deals have been controversial. NAC had decided to buy a wide-bodied and a narrow-bodied aircraft from European manufacturer Airbus. It had planned to purchase a A330-200 — a wide-bodied aircraft with a seat capacity of 279 — and a narrow-bodied A320-200 with seating capacity of 150.
But the government’s anti-corruption watchdog has put the NAC’s long-cherished dream of adding a new aircraft to its fleet of two age-old Boeings on the back burner.
Sunday, October 24, 2010
Saturday, October 23, 2010
Nepal has started planned development approach since 1955 BS, but after over a century Nepal has reached nowhere.
Dr Jibgar Joshi in his book, ‘Planning Approaches in Nepal’ blames the foreign-educated professional without the ground reality of the country’s need, frequent changes in government, face-saving approach of professionals and donor-driven development agendas for the failure in the development.
The book – that has 10 chapters – goes through the concepts and definition of the planning, to national, regional and district planning, method of making plans and formulation of projects, land use and environment, tools and method of urban planning, provisions of infrastructure to the role of institutions in planning. The book is an eye-opener for the development planners, where they went wrong in the process over last five decades and helps take stocks of where they failed.
A new debate on Nepal’s development approaches has recently started and Joshi’s book will help both planners and government to revisit their past approaches.
As planning is a tool for change it must bring changes in the lives of the people. Joshi writes that the people at large for whom the plans are prepared are neglected in the planning and the gap between the planners and the people is the cause of the failure of plans. The result: after 10 five-year plans, the country – despite its huge potential – is still undeveloped and lagging behind the nations, that were at the same status at some point of time in the past.
Not only the professionals, the donor agencies have also spending a huge amount of resources experimented a lot, though they have now realised that the imported plans won’t give desired results. But the realisation came too late.
Apart from confusion over the role of development partners, the role of private sector and public sector is still not clearly defined. “In Nepal there is no clear demarcation of the roles between the role of private sector and public sector, which has weakened the planning process,” he rightly thinks. Such confusions persist on every front of development pulling the country backward.
At a time when questions have been raised on the whole process of planning and their implementation, Joshi’s book gives a pragmatic overview of the planning process. Being a planner himself, Joshi has not tried to cover the weakness on part of planners. He has also pointed out the need to integrate lower strata of the society in the planning process. “It is a futile exercise to try to make a radical change from the top,” he summerises.
The book has tried to give a deeper understanding on planning approaches in Nepal and will be worthy to go through at a time when the country is moving towards the federalism. The current development approaches that have not worked for the present state of the nation would definitely not work for the federal structure that country is looking forward. It’s high time, the planners start brain storming on the future course of development strategy that the book has missed.
Book: Planning Approaches in Nepal
Publisher: Mrs Lajmina Joshi
Author: Dr Jibgar Joshi
Price: Rs 320