Bhaktapur authorities fail to pull down illegal buildings

- POST REPORT, Bhaktapur

Nov 22, 2014-

The local administration has failed to implement its own decision to demolish 196 houses that have occupied 8.31 hectares of land belonging to the District Forest Office in Bhaktapur.

The authorities concerned had formed a taskforce to demolish the buildings in 2012 and the District Forest Office had issued 35-day ultimatum to the owners to evacuate those illegal buildings which are being used as tea houses.

“The district administration office could not implement this decision,” said Niuchhe Krishna Shrestha, a forest officer. The DFO had received Rs 300, 000 from the Ministry of Forests and Soil Conservation to carry out the work. “We spent around Rs 80,000 for the evaluation work in the area, and other money remained unused,” Shrestha said.

The government had allocated Rs 300,000 for the purpose two years ago but the amount was never utilised. Last year too, Rs 320,000 was allocated for the project, but the local administration failed to utilise it.

Chief District Officer Anil Kumar Thakur said the area was not evacuated due to the lack of co-ordination from locals and pressure from political groups.

“We will consult local people and authorities in Kavre as some hotels and huts belong to the district,” he said. Local stakeholders said the government plan was never implemented as most of the hotels and tea houses belong to politicians.

Published: 23-11-2014 09:30

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