Darchen, (Tibet-China), Aug 12: The Tibet Administration is set to put oxygen bars on the circumambulation route of Mount Kailash for travellers going to Kailash Mansarovar and provide medical facilities in Darchain and Taklakot or Purang near the border of India and Nepal.
Organised by the Ministry of External Affairs, around one and a half thousand pilgrims from India visit Lord Shankar's shrine every year while thousands of pilgrims arrive via Lhasa or Hilsa Simikot with the help of private tour operators in Nepal. Most of the travellers are from the plains and many of them fall ill due to lack of oxygen at an altitude of about 15,000 feet above the sea level.
During an interaction with a delegation of Indian journalists visiting the Kailas Mansarovar Yatra to review the expansion of passenger facilities, the Director General of the Foreign Department of Ali Prefecture, Awang, in the Tibet Autonomous Region said that it has been decided to install oxygen bars at some places along the route.
The Director General said it is being studied in a scientific manner that at which point they should be put so that any passenger can avail immediate oxygen facility. He also said that oxygen bars have been provided in some hotels.
Asked about the demand of Indian travellers for medical facility in Darchen and Purang, he said that the Central government of China and the Tibet Administration are constructing four guest houses and providing other facilities, including medical treatment, in the Kailas Mansarovar region at a cost of about Rs 380 crore.
He said that oxygen bar and medical facility will be available from next year.
Mr Awang also informed that four guest houses have been built near Darchen, Derapuk, Zuturpuk and Mansarovar which have modern toilets and kitchen. He showed the newly built guesthouse in Zooturpuk and Derappuk to the journalists, who stayed there for night rest.
He mentioned that the ban imposed on bathing in Mansarovar lake was partially lifted last year. According to him, travellers are not allowed to enter the lake, but they can take water from the lake in buckets for bathing.
The visiting journalists met the 13th batch of Indian travellers who came through the Lipulekh Pass and the ninth batch through Nathu La Pass. Nearly every passenger appeared satisfied with travel arrangements and development work being carried out by the Chinese administration in the region.
On Saturday, the Chinese officials took the journalists from Purang or Taklakot to Lipulekh Pass where the road construction work was progressing rapidly.
On the way, they met 42 passengers of the 12th batch of Indian passengers returned from the Chinese border to the Indian border, while 58 passengers in the 14th batch entered the Chinese border. Officials of the Indo-Tibetan Border Police were also present on the border on this occasion.
Sun Xiaobo, an official of China's Foreign Service in Lhasa and deputy director general of the Foreign Department of the Tibet Autonomous Administration, told reporters that relations with India were a priority in Chinese diplomacy and Tibet's religious and cultural links have a very long history.
'The Kailas Mansarovar Yatra is a very important part of the exchange between the two countries. We understand the importance of providing better facilities to Indians. We will keep this policy and will do everything we can to make Indians coming to Tibet feel at home,' Mr Sun said.
He also said that the governments of both the countries especially Prime Minister Narendra Modi and President Xi Jinping are paying attention in this direction and implementation of many steps are awaited. He believed the efforts of both governments will lead to a better future. (UNI)