Structures worth millions in dire straits

CHITWAN: Physical structures worth millions of rupees handed over to Ministry of Forest (MoF) by the College of Medical Sciences Teaching Hospital at Bageswori forest of Devghat in Chitwan are in dilapidated condition for want of repair and conservation.

The medical college had leased the forest land from MoF and built 21 buildings 22 years ago. The apex court had issued a fiat to vacate the land after a case was filed.

Following the SC diktat, the medical college had handed over the land and buildings, to MoF three years ago. The buildings have not been used since then.

After the buildings were vacated, MoF had ordered to keep offices under the ministry there. As per the directive, a secretary-level decision was taken to transfer seven offices to the buildings.

According to Chitwan District Forest Office, a contact office of the Central Regional Forest Directorate had come into operation from one of the buildings last year. However, offices including Soil Conservation Contact Office, Forest Research and Survey Department and the contact office of Chitwan National Park are yet to come into operation.

Chitwan District Forest Officer Suklal Prasad Jaisawal said the buildings were in ruins due to non-implementation of the decision. He informed that as many as five forest guards were deployed to guard the buildings which had started to leak and facilities such as electricity and water supply did not work.