Valley authority pulls down illegal hutments

  • road expansion project
- POST REPORT, Kathmandu

Jan 3, 2015-

The Kathmandu Valley Town Development Implementation Committee (KVTDIC) has started demolishing illegal structures in major settlements around the city, as part of its road widening project.

On Saturday, after months of project slowdown, KVTDIC began bulldozing walls and makeshift huts in areas like Minbhawan and Sankhamul.

“We mostly bulldozed the walls and huts today,” said KVTDIC Chief Bhaikaji Tiwari, adding that these structures were supposed to be demolished two years earlier.

KVTDIC had to postpone its plan because of court’s injunction and public criticism.

“We still get criticisms, though everything we are doing here is legal,” said Tiwari. “ While the state demands us for demolition of the illegal structures, we still see some high level bureaucrats and lawmakers opposing our project.”

Demolition works were also carried out in parts of Tahachal and Tokha on Saturday.

KVTDIC plans to continue the project as there are still many areas where buildings and structures need to be pulled down.

Most of the houseowners in these areas have already received compensation, but they have yet to vacate the properties. KVTDIC has been making public announcements in these areas, urging occupants to move out.

The road expansion drive, which began three years back, was halted due to problems in compensation and slow-paced construction in already demolished areas. Till now, around 170 km road in major areas inside the Valley have been expanded, out of which 150 kilometres was carried out in Kathmandu alone. In the current fiscal year, only 12 km road have been widened.  

Published: 04-01-2015 09:18

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