Minister of Urban Development Ram Kumari Jhakri has said that those encroaching public land should be socially excluded.

Saying public land on river banks was being captured under the protection of leaders and lawmakers, Minister Jhakri said those doing wrong work should be socially excluded.

Addressing the 28th anniversary of the High Powered Committee for Development of Bagmati Civilisation here today, she mentioned, "Anyone encroaching public land should be socially excluded.

Leaders and lawmakers have been protecting them. All should join hands to discourage such activities." "Although the government could address the haphazard settlement on river banks through joint housing programme, additional problems have surfaced due to their repeated demands for land on the river banks," the minister argued.

Saying Bagmati could be made clean and beautiful with the existing laws and means and resources, she urged all and sundry to make commitment for the same.

Similarly, chief campaigner of Bagmati cleanliness mega campaign Leela Mani Poudyal said the government should make the haphazard settlement along the Bagmati River banks systematic soon.

A version of this article appears in the print on April 12, 2022, of The Himalayan Times.