HIMALAYAN NEWS SERVICE
KATHMANDU: The government today demolished structures built on encroached public land along the Subidhanagar-Paris Danda section as part of its ongoing road expansion drive.
Officials said they demolished parts of 65-odd houses along the 1.5km branch road, including garages, compound walls and huts as part of the joint initiative of the Kathmandu Valley Town Development Authority, Metropolitan Traffic Police Division, Department of Roads and the Kathmandu Metropolitan City. According to MTPD, the authorities expanded the road by four metres on either side from the centre of the road in keeping with a notice published on Nepal Gazette on July 4, 1977. It said the authorities had informed the locals about the initiative after marking parts of the houses built on encroached land.
There were no untoward incidents during the initiative carried out in the presence of a sizeable number of riot police personnel in view of possibility of protests from the locals.
The government has pledged compensation for the losses to the structures built before the gazette notice. Officials said they have expanded roads with a total length of 45 km in more than two dozen stretches in the Kathmandu Valley since the initiative began six months ago. They informed that they will broaden an additional 31-km stretch within a few months.
Authorities plan to raze unauthorised structures along the Shankhamul-Naya Baneshwor-Purano Baneshwor-Battisputali stretch next week.