‘KMC contractor’ accused of cheating shopkeepers

Himalayan News Service

Kathmandu, January 29:

Four persons running shops in the KMC-owned sheds at the Old Bus Park have been cheated out of their rent amounts.

They — Hari Lama, Shyam Shrestha, Shyamu Dorje and Raju Karki — thought they were paying the rent to the legal Kathmandu Metropolitan City contractor, but found out KMC had terminated its contract with the contractor, Durga Karki.

Chief of the Revenue Department of KMC, Sadhuram Bhattarai, said KMC dismissed its contract with Karki as she had failed to pay around Rs 160,000 as rent instalment to KMC.

Bhattarai added Karki had gone to the court to seek that the contract be continued, but KMC had already given its reply.

However, the four shopkeepers were unaware of all this and have suffered as a result. “We did not know KMC had terminated the contract with Karki and we simply paid our rent to her,” said one of the victims talking to The Himalayan Times.

They paid Karki Rs 8,665 each, which amounts to Rs 34,660.

They submitted a written application yesterday at the office of the Chief District Officer, Kathmandu, asking for a refund of the rent money paid to Karki. The office has directed the case to the police for further processing. They also plan to hold protest programmes to highlight the problems and injustice they had to face due to the confusion created. As a result, their shops are without electricity and has affected their business badly.

Karki refrained from giving any clarification, while her brother Ramesh Basnet said she would not comment on the issue.