HIMALAYAN NEWS SERVICE
KATHMANDU: Following the demolition of illegally built temporary structures like boundary walls along the 4.9 km stretch of Lazimpat-Golfutar road on Saturday, house-owners are now busy breaking the permanent structures voluntarily.
At the beginning, the road-widening campaign by nine metres on either side from the centre of the road, had drawn much protest. However, following the forceful drive amid tight security, an estimated 60 per cent house-owners have started demolishing parts of their houses voluntarily as asked by the authority, according to Sitaram Hacchethu, inspector at Durbar Marg Traffic Police Office.
The set standard for the road was 11 metres on either side from the centre point, but that was made nine metres by a recent Cabinet decision, that has saved some houses from complete demolition.
Hotels, groceries and other shops on the road have already started to shrink back to their original boundary. They are shifting their walls. A total of 307 houses need to be partially removed, but 37 other houses will undergo major demolition.
Locals have been given two weeks from last Saturday, to shrink back the boundary or their permanent structures will be bulldozed, according to DIG Ganesh Rai. “It’s a great opportunity to voluntarily minimise loss to their structures and buildings by shrinking back to the marking before the deadline,” added Rai.
An official believed locals were happy with the road expansion as they would have wider roads for vehicular movement and there were better prospects for rental income.