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Bhattarai government drops idea to relocate squatters in Sundarighat

KATHMANDU: The government has moved back from its decision to resettle landless squatters, removed from the UN Park at Thapathali, to Sundarighat in Lalipur, following strong protest from the Lalitpur folks.

An all-party meeting held at Singha Durbar on Tuesday decided not to implement the decision, according to Commissioner of Kathmandu Valley Development Authority Keshab Sthapit.
Sthapit said the government agreed to seek an alternative location to Sundarighat to resettle the landless squatters.

The government had evicted the squatters from Thapathali a few weeks ago saying the latter had been residing there by encroaching the river side.

Likewise, the government already constructed makeshift tents at Sundharighat as residential arrangement for the displaced squatters.

Rolling back from the decision to relocate landless squatters in the area following strong protest from the locals, the government is looking for proper place to rehabilitate them, said Sthapit.

The struggle committee had enforced Lalitpur bandh on last Sunday and Monday protesting against the government’s move to relocate squatters in the land occupied for construction of Manpokhari in 2032 BS.

The government had constructed 32 temporary huts for the rehabilitation of the squatters. RSS

Published Date: Tuesday, July 24th, 2012 | 10:59 AM

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