ITAHARI: Bhanse Pokhari is stretched over five bighas of the landmass in Sunsari district. It is one of the prime travelling points in Itahari Sub-metropolitan City-8. The Sub-Metropolis has announced public bidding to run commercial fisheries at the pond.
Still, this pond in Itahari is yet to get a tourist overhaul. ”This pond is used mainly for generating revenues for the local government”, complained Chandra Bahadur Rai, an elected ward committee member, ”We, being the local representatives, are making our demand loud and clear. But, it is still unheard.”
Rai said the pond could have generated hundreds of thousands of rupees annually had there been proper tourist activities like boating and other environment-friendly activities.
”In Itahari, people mainly remember Taltalaiya in Itahari-2 and 3 as the top preferred tourist destination in the city,” said local Anil Pokhrel who had also worked as the ward secretary of Itahari-3 and 4. Pokhrel said more infrastructures and more investment are strongly needed to enhance the potential of the Bhanse Pokhari as a tourist destination. ”This pond deserves bigger invest and bigger return”, said Pokhrel, ”But, not much attention is paid at this angle.”
In the consecutive fiscal policy and plans of Itahari Sub-metropolitan City, Bhanse Pokhari is mentioned almost all years. It was said to intensify more infrastructures to develop the pond as a preferred picnic place of the city. This, however, is not materialised, said local residents.