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Shankharapur residents padlock municipal office

- Rastriya Samachar Samiti, Kathmandu
Shankharapur locals have objected to the LLRC report which suggests annexing the municipality into Kajeshwori Manohara

Feb 6, 2017-

Locals of Shankharapur municipality in Kathmandu district have padlocked the office of the municipality on Sunday in protest of the Local Level Restructuring Commission report. 

The report has proposed annexation of Shankharapur municipality into Kajeshwori Manohara municipality much to the chagrin of the locals here who fear the move would put historic, cultural and archaeological significance of Shankarapur at risk. 

A legend has it that King Shakhardev had set up human settlement across seven villages in a conch shape and that it had expanded to a thousand homes before human made settlements in Kantipur City in the Valley. 

Locals have formed a 25-member struggle committee to exert pressure on the government to repeal the report. They have not only padlocked the Shankharapur municipality but also all of its VDCs offices during the first office hours, according to Pawan Lal Shrestha, a local. 

Parliamentarian Deepak Prasad Kuinkel opposed the government move, calling it to acknowledge the importance of such a historical place like Shankharapur municipality and preserve it rather than threatening its extinction. 

Shankhara municipality borders with places like Patap and Naglebhir of Sindhupalchok district. 

Kuinkel argued that the population alone should not be considered criteria for demarcating a municipality in a geographically remote place like in Sindhupalchok. The padlock will not be unlocked until the report’s recommendation is revoked, said Rupesh Lal Shrestha, coordinator of the committee.

Published: 06-02-2017 08:05

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