Land, houses for landless squatters

- PAWAN YADAV, Bharatpur
Land, houses for landless squatters

Nov 23, 2014-

The construction of houses for the landless squatters at Amiliya-12, Ratna Nagar has reached its final stages with 420 foreigners and more than 500 locals working round the clock. While the handover ceremony is scheduled for Friday, foreign volunteers that come to Nepal at the request of Habitat for Humanity (HFH), Nepal were busy giving finishing touches to the houses.

“The volunteers, locals and foreigners, have intensified the construction work by dividing themselves into various groups,” said Anita Silwal of HFH. The houses are built over 18 katthas of land provided by the Nepal Higher Secondary School, Taandi.

Meanwhile, Deputy Superintendent of Police Tika Bahadur Karki said they had adopted special measures to safeguard the volunteers and avoid any untoward incident. Along with 420 volunteers from Canada, New Zealand, Australia, UK, Hong Kong, Ireland, and the US,  personnel from Nepal Scout, Lalitpur have been working relentlessly to complete the construction work.

“We will head back home after handing over the building to the landless,” said Senior Programme Manager Baladevi Pokhrel of HFH.

The move to build a separate house for the landless squatters was taken in order to remove them from areas like Madhavpur, Sauraha Chowk and major thoroughfares encroached by them.

“We had come up with the idea after the landless started encroaching school property, affecting our income,” said chairperson Krishna Prasad Adhikari of the school management committee.

Adhikari said that they were compelled to take matters into their own hands due to the apathy of the government. The modern houses were built after granting six dhuurs of land to each of the landless.

Meanwhile, the landless have been elated to receive a land ownership certificate.

Meanwhile, Silwal said that they had already constructed 57,000 houses in Pokhara and Kavre to address the problems of the landless squatters.

Published: 24-11-2014 09:15

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