KATHMANDU: Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli who is in Britain on an official visit, has said that Nepal will take loan for the economic development of the country as per its necessities and priorities.
In an interview with Matthew Amroliwala for BBC World, Prime Minister Oli said so and added that Nepal is capable of managing such loan.
“We invite for investment. We take loan as per the country’s necessity not at random,” Oli said in response to the question asked by Amroliwala.
Responding to the question on the environment protection, Oli said that Nepali is planting 10 million trees in 2019.
“If we cut 2.5 million trees, we will plant the double of it,” said Oli during the interview.
We do have forest in 45 percent land. Snow has covered 17 percent land of the country. It helps reserve and preserve water resources and also maintains humidity in air and land”. The Prime Minster further stated, “We do have 62 percent land to address environmental issues.
Nepal is always cautious of environmental degradation and carelessness while carrying out development projects”. At the onset of the program, environmental journalist Nabin Singh Khadka had showed a situation where Mount Everest summiteers have to wait for hours in queue in course of scaling the highest peak. A news report showcasing the death of 11 mountaineers this year.
In the presentation, a climber namely Alan Arnet said limited proper timing, over permission and low cost proposal of the company due to competition are three major causes behind the fatal incidents in the world’s highest peak. PM Oli responded to this situation as unnecessary hype and clarified that the government did not grant over permissions for the climbers to scale the Everest. “The mountaineers waited for long for good weather. Sometimes they need to wait for days. This needs to be reviewed.
The situation is not complicated as rumored”, he added. Noting that adequate attention would be paid on granting permission to summiteers as well as monitoring the conducts of the concerned officer in coming days, he said it was not truth that the climbers had died because of disrupted traffic. “We have made some amendments to rules. Our amendments include numbers of guides, oxygen cylinder, summit preparatory obligations and proper number of mountaineers”, he added.