govt demolishes illegal houses affecting irrigation

- POST REPORT, Kathmandu

Jun 9, 2014-

The government from Monday has started razing down housing structures built upon encroached land belonging to Sunsari-Morang Irrigation Project.

    The move came after repeated notices to warn the house owners went unheeded. Over 200 houses built on the encroached lands near the canals at Keraun and Bahuni areas in Morang have been bulldozed, said project engineer Kedar Tiwari.

According to project chief Mahajan Yadav, they had been compelled to bring down the houses with the help of policemen as locals had been indifferent to repeated requests made by them to vacate the land.

We intend to vacate illegal residents upto Chatara, Sunsari in the coming days, Yadav said.

Deputy Superintendent of Police Prabhu Prasad Dhakal said that around 250 personnel from the Armed Police Force and Nepal Police have been mobilised for the

campaign.

“We had to resort to such measures since it started affecting the whole project,” added Yadav. The encroachment had specifically harmed the canal sanitation project, Tiwari said.

The project has so far managed to clear 40 km section of the canal, with around 13 kms remaining.

Meanwhile, locals have blamed the government for creating unnecessary hurdles by demolishing their houses.

The canal, constructed by the government of India and handed over to Nepal as per the Koshi agreement in 1975, had been providing irrigation facilities to about 81,270 hectares of land in both districts.

Published: 10-06-2014 10:43

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