HIMALAYAN NEWS SERVICE
KATHMANDU: As part of the ongoing road expansion initiative, government authorities, with riot police in tow, bulldozed illegal structures built on public land along the 600-metre Hanumansthan-Thapagaun-New Baneshwor stretch today.
Officials said they expanded up to 5.5 metres from the centre of the road on either side of the stretch in line with a notice published in the Nepal Gazette on July 4, 1977.
With this, the government has expanded 26 road stretches in the valley since the launch of the initiative some four months ago. Officials said they have completed widening of valley roads having a total length of 22 kilometres. The Kathmandu Valley Town Development Enforcement Committee plans to widen 400 km of the 1,594.67-km road within the valley.
Meanwhile, officials have directed all concerned to pull down structures built illegally along the roads at Purano Baneshwor and Puja Pratisthan Marg or face bulldozers. Marking has already completed in the areas.
Officials said they razed only those structures that were built in violation of the gazette notice. The government has pledged compensation for structures pre-dating the notice. On Thursday, Prime Minister Baburam Bhattarai had instructed authorities not to halt the road-widening drive at any excuses and pledged funds required for the initiative.