KATHMANDU, DEC 25 -
The Metropolitan Traffic Police Division (MTPD) in collaboration with the
Kathmandu Valley Town Development Implementation Committee (KVTDIC) bulldozed roadside structures constructed on encroached land in Lalitpur.
Spurred on by early success of the traffic police’s road expansion campaign in Kathmandu, authorities in the neighbouring district have also launched a similar drive.
Encroached roadside land at Sorakhutte and surrounding area and two houses were demolished on Saturday. All roadside structures from Kandevata Mandir of Kupandole to Sanepa and Jhamsikhel to Nameste Supermarket will be cleared in the first phase.
According to KVTDIC chief Bhai Kaji Tiwari, the committee will complete bulldozing work within six months.”Construction of the demolished structures will begin soon. We have aimed to finish it in two years,” said Tiwari. Stakeholders have planned to broaden the road in all five municipalities of the Kathmandu Valley and 37 VDCs aspiring to be municipalities in near future.
DIG Ganesh Raj Rai, chief of MTPD, said positive public response has made officials given a shot in the arm to execute the demolition drive. “Locals themselves are requesting to begin demolition work in their areas. We are highly elated with huge public support in favour of our endeavour.”
The DIG also informed that reconstruction of the demolished structures will start soon after inviting tenders. “Those whose houses fall on public land are themselves razing their homes. They don’t want our bulldozers. We have given them time,” said Rai. Officials say the demolition move is in line with the government decision in 1976 on road expansion. The decision was revised again in 1988.
According to the Department of Road, the breadth of main highways, ring roads, main roads and sub roads must be 50, 62, 22, and 14 meters respectively.
Posted on: 2011-12-25 09:20