Panel to probe Bagmati deluge

Kathmandu, July 3 :

The government today formed a seven-member committee to investigate the flood that swept away nine houses in the Pashupati area yesterday. The committee has been asked to submit its report within seven days.

“A ministerial decision today formed a seven-member commitee under the joint secretary of the Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation Ministry to investigate the flooding, find out the extent of the damage, make a list of the victims and recommend action against the guilty,” a statement issued by the the Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation Ministry said.

The committee comprises joint-secretary of the ministry, Sharada Prasad Trital, the Assistant Chief District Officer of Kathmandu, Chief Division Engineer of the Ministry of Physical Planning and Works, Balaram Mishra and local representatives Shashi Pandey, Narottam Baidhya, Gopal Subedi and Umesh Kuinkel.

The ministry said the Pashupati Area Development Trust would provide 45 plots of land behind the Communication Village at Sinamangal to the displaced families. Kathmandu CDO Sthaneshwor Devkota said the District Administration Office would provide Rs 4,000 as compensation to each family tomorrow.

All the 57 families today shifted to the Banakali Dharmashala at Gaushala.