Illegal shops to be removed from Hanumandhoka

Kathmandu, February 25:

Local clubs and the Hanumandhoka Durbar Square Conservation Programme (HDSCP) is all set to clear shops erected on the pavements and ban mobile food stalls in the World Heritage Site area at Hanumandhoka from tomorrow.

The clubs, the Kathmandu Metropolitan City (KMC) and other stakeholders reached this decision to protect the monument zone that falls in parts of ward numbers 19, 20, 23 and 25 of the KMC.

Manoj Newa Khadgi, president of the Federation of Kathmandu Durbar Square Management and Conservation (FKDSMC), a coalition of 16 local clubs, said locals and the police would prevent running of shops from tomorrow. “We would request or even use force, but won’t let them operate in the site any more,” he added.

Local clubs, businessmen and the police would be deployed in different places of the Durbar Square area from tomorrow for around four hours to prevent any illegal operations, said Raju Shrestha, chief of the HDSCP.