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Nijgadh airport project displaced families demand rehabilitation

Himalayan News Service

Bara, July 30

With construction of Nijgadh International Airport starting, locals affected by the project at Tangiyabasti in Jitpur-Simara Sub-metropolitan City have demanded proper rehabilitation.

The locals have asked the government to make arrangements for their rehabilitation as the project will be occupying 24 hectare of their land.

The new airport is being built on land that stretches across Kolhabi Municipality, Nijgadh Municipality and Jitpur-Simara Sub-metropolis in Bara district.

Around 1,476 families are living in the area.

Organising a press meet today, Tangiyabasti Stakeholders Committee said the construction of the airport had made their future uncertain.

The committee has asked the government to provide two bigaha, five kaththa land and food supplies for one-and-a-half-years to each of the displaced families. The committee has also asked the government to provide job to one member of each of the affected family. It has sought proper management of water, electricity and education in the place where the locals will be relocated.

Committee Chairman Ramesh Kumar Sapkota said they would not vacate the area unless their demands were addressed. Sapkota warned that they would not stay silent if the government tried to forcibly vacate the settlement that it had established 40 years ago.


A version of this article appears in print on July 31, 2017 of The Himalayan Times.

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