HIMALAYAN NEWS SERVICE
KATHMANDU: Kathmandu Valley Development authority, backed by traffic police, today demolished illegal structures along the road leading to the official residence of the CA Chairman and the Chief Justice in Baluwatar.
DIG Ganesh Raj Rai, in-charge, Metropolitan Traffic Police Division, confirmed that demolition of unauthorised structures built by encroaching upon public land had resumed.
The 500 metre-long road section was widened by eight metres from the centre on both sides. Parts of the CA Chairman’s official residence was also razed.
“The initiative has not only helped in ensuring smooth flow of traffic, but also will help boost security in the VIP area,” informed Rai.
Authorities had mobilised riot police to thwart potential protests from local residents.
Officials claimed that they had no option but to pull down the illegal structures after the concerned house owners did not heed public notices to clear the encroached land on their own.
The locals have accused the government of demolishing structures without providing due compensation and adequate time to vacate their property. Authorities said they razed illegal structures as per a notice published in the Nepal Gazette on July 4, 1977.
Officials said only those structures built in violation of the notice are being razed. They have pledged to compensate for structures pre-dating the notice.
The government plans to widen 400 km stretch of the 1,594.67 km-long road within Kathmandu Valley and has already expanded more than 31 km road in 29 sections since the initiative began five months ago.