Panel formed to probe Lalitpur wall collapse

Kathmandu, July 5

The Ministry of Home Affairs has formed a five-member probe panel led by joint-secretary Krishna Bahadur Raut to investigate into the July 1 incident that occurred in Pushpanjali Secondary School at Taukhel, Lalitpur.

Two girls were killed and 25 other schoolchildren injured when a seven-feet tall retaining wall adjoining the school collapsed and fell on two classrooms.

The panel has been entrusted with carrying out fact-finding investigation and submitting its report to the ministry with a recommendation of legal action against the guilty.

Meanwhile, a meeting of District Disaster Relief Committee, Kathmandu has decided to hold discussions with Kathmandu Metropolitan City, municipalities in Kathmandu, security agencies, political parties and other stakeholders to find ways to explore ways to mitigate disaster risks during monsoon and implement the same through a plan of action.

The security agencies have also been directed to stay alert with necessary logistics to cope with disasters, while prohibiting extraction of sand from rivers to prevent flood and landslide. The concerned municipalities will monitor illegal activities on the riverbanks to check extraction of sand.

Chiefs of all government offices in Kathmandu have been told not to keep their mobile phones switched off to ensure immediate communication in an event of disaster and other problem facing Kathmandu, according to the District Administration Office, Kathmandu.

Action sought against realtor

Kathmandu: Pushpanjali Secondary School has demanded action against the realtor involved in constructing the wall that collapsed killing two school chlidren.

Speaking at a press meet on Tuesday, school principal Puhami Kanti Bajracharya demanded action against the realtor. “We had repeatedly requested them not to build the wall adjacent to prefab classrooms but they did not listen to us,” she said, adding that they were able to save many lives due to immediate support from guardians, teachers and security personnel.

Stating that the school was bearing the treatment cost of injured students, she informed that 15 students had already been discharged from hospital.

The injured students were admitted to B&B Hospital and Patan Hospital. She also expressed her commitment to establish an education fund in the name of two girls killed in the incident.

Bimala Thapa, a member of school management committee and executive director of Asha Nepal, said the realtor who built the retention wall should bear the cost of treatment of the injured and provide compensation to family of the deceased.