Kerala govt to meet entire expenses for airlifting remains of tourists from Nepal
Thiruvananthapuram: The Kerala government will meet the entire expenses for airlifting the bodies of eight tourists from the state who died at a resort in Nepal, official sources said here on Wednesday.
The victims, including four children, died due to possible asphyxiation after they fell unconscious probably due to a gas leak from a heater in their room at a mountainous resort in Makwanpur district of Nepal.
"The government will bear the entire expenses to bring the bodies to the state from Nepal", a source in the Chief Minister's Office told PTI.
The Norka (Non Resident Keralites Affairs) department has been in touch with the family members and friends of the deceased since the incident took place and they came to know about some issues relating to the transportation of the bodies.
The matter was brought to the Chief Minister's notice following which the decision to bear the expenses was taken, official sources said.
The deceased - two couples and four children - were part of a group of 15 people travelling from Kerala to Pokhara, a popular mountainous tourist destination. They were on their way back home and stayed at Everest Panorama Resort in Daman in the district on Monday night.
Post mortem of the bodies have been completed at Teaching Hospital in Kathmandu by noon on Wednesday.
According to latest information, the bodies will be brought to New Delhi on Thursday. Bodies of the five Thiruvananthapuram natives will be brought to their native on Thursday itself. However, following requests from relatives, bodies of the three Kozhikode natives will be flown to the Karipur international airport on Friday.
The seven survivors from the 15-member team returned to Kerala on Wednesday.
No request to bear expenses of bringing back bodies: MEA
New Delhi: Union Minister of State for External Affairs & Parliamentary Affairs, V. Muraleedharan said that the Indian Embassy in Nepal has not told anyone that it would not bear the expenses of bringing the bodies to Kerala.
Meanwhile, the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) clarified that none of the relatives of the deceased had asked them to bear the expenses of bringing the bodies back to Kerala. MEA officials also clarified that they have not received any information regarding Kerala government bearing the expenses.
(With inputs from PTI)