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Land acquisition resumes in ancient site of Gotihawa

- MANOJ PAUDEL, KAPILVASTU

Jan 16, 2018-

The land acquisition process in Gotihawa, an archaeological site in Kapilvastu district believed to be the birthplace of Krakuchhanda Buddha, has resumed after five month-long hiatus over land compensation dispute.

Authorities have agreed to clear 34 households living on the historic site by offering them appropriate compensation before initiating the task of excavation and preservation of the area. 

Direp Chaudhary, the ward chairman of Kapilvastu Municipality-5, said 32 of the 34 households agreed on the compensation deal and that the committee formed for land acquisition was positive about convincing the remaining two households as well.

The land acquisition process is expected to be completed by mid-May. The Lumbini Development Trust has issued Rs 40 million to acquire the land property that could hold a trove of ancient relics and artefacts dating back to the period of Krakuchhanda Buddha, the 25th of the 29 named Buddhas. 

Gotihawa is situated about 4km southwest of Taulihawa. Its significance has been marked by a pillar commissioned by Indian emperor Ashoka during his pilgrimage to the place during the 3rd century BCE.  

Kapilvastu Chief District Officer Madan Bhujel said excavation and preservation works in Gotihawa would move on smoothly after the completion of land acquisition.  

Published: 16-01-2018 08:34

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