DDCs oppose ban on silt extraction


Jul 24, 2014-

The Association of District Development Committees of Nepal (ADDCN) has expressed concerns over the government’s decision to ban extraction, collection and export of sand, boulders, gravel and aggregates from Chure region since July 17.

Issuing a statement on Thursday, the umbrella organisation of all District Development Committees (DDCs) across the country said the government’s decision has violated the Local Self Governance Act 1999 which has given rights to the local bodies to utilise local resources within the district and generate revenues to sustain themselves. “The decision has once again forced the DDCs to depend on grants from development partners and donor agencies as the financial status would be largely affected due to the ban,” ADDCN Spokesperson Krishna Prasad Jaishi said.

The association has stated that the DDCs have played a responsible role in balancing the local environment and minimise environmental disaster risks related to Chure so far. “We also demand scientific and proper management plan to protect Chure,” Jaishi said. The association has also drawn attention of the government towards the rising level of rivers in the Chure region owing to the deposition of sediments, putting the downstream areas in high risks of floods.

Published: 25-07-2014 08:58

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