HIMALAYAN NEWS SERVICE
KATHMANDU: The government today bulldozed structures built on encroached public land along the Balku-TU Gate and Teku-Municipality Office-Kuleshwor Ganesh Mandir road sections deploying riot police to quell possible protests.
The demolition of unauthorised private structures is part of the Kathmandu road expansion initiative of the Department of Roads, Kathmandu Valley Town Development Authority, Metropolitan Traffic Police Division and Kathmandu Metropolitan City that began six months ago.
DIG Ganesh Raj Rai, MTPD in-charge, informed that authorities have widened the Balkhu-TU Gate and Teku-Municipality Office- Kuleshwor Ganesh Mandir sections by 11 metres and seven metres on either side from the centre.
The authorities had to raze the structures after the locals ‘did not cooperate’ despite frequent notices to remove the structures built on encroached public land,’ he said, noting that officials, after marking the encroached sections, had appealed through loudhailers to remove ‘unauthorised’ structures to minimise the damage to properties.
Meanwhile, some people have complained that they are yet to get compensation for the damage incurred in the broad-road drive.
According to the government, it has demolished only those structures built in violation of a notice published on the Nepal Gazette on July 4, 1977 for which there will be no compensation.
It has asked people to apply
for compensation with due
The government has so far widened roads having total length of 57km and plans to expand the stretches having total length of 400km.