KATHMANDU, Nepal–Aiming to assure safety and timely rescue of a trekker caught in an accident or stranded along the foot trails, the Annapurna Conservation Area Project has launched ‘E-tags (Entity Tags).
As per the prior plan, E-tags have been disseminated to the trekkers in the Ghandruk-Ghodepani area of the Annapurna foot trail.
Designed by Mahabir Pun, the Magsaysay award winner, the system involves device that turns up the trekker lost in the woods or in need of rescue.
The system comes up as a huge sigh of relief for the country’s already weaken tourism industry as it had been lacking a proper mechanism to ensure the safety of trekkers.
The control room of the system is at the ACAP headquarters in Pokhara and a separate operator of the office will monitor the technology.
According its developers, the E-tag is prepared in such a way that does not breach the right to privacy, security of the bearer and only bears the name, address, and their current location of the holders.
Trekkers can obtain the device after depositing Rs 1,000 to the ACAP centre and they will be paid back once the trekkers return safely. The system is funded by the Asia-Pacific Tele Community in Bangkok, Thailand.