THT WATCH: What’s broken?

Lalitpur, August 7:

A number of private offices and restaurants have constructed compound-walls along the Talchikhel road in Lalitpur by encroaching footpaths.

Locals complained that they are having a tough time to walk on the road and are facing traffic chaos due to the lack of space. “Such illegal acts not only make life difficult for pedestrians but also increase the chances of accidents,” said local Ramba Prajapati.

According to locals, one wooden factory is running its business on the encroached land and the Doko Restaurant has established a hut on it. The Gorkha Saving and Credit Cooperatives (GSCC) also encroached the footpath by erecting a compound-wall on it.

A local, who preferred anonymity, said that they had complained to the Lalitpur Sub-Metropolitan City, but the authority turned a deaf ear to them. “The encroachers have bribed some inspectors at the sub-metropolis; that is why police are not taking action against

the culprits despite our repeated complaints,” he added.

Who’s onus is it?

Raj Bhakta Shrestha, General Manager of the GSCC, said that not only his office, several other private offices have encroached the land. “If you visit here, you will know that the GSCC has not encroached much space of the footpath compared to other nearby buildings,” he said, adding: “I can provide more space if the government wants to widen the road.”