House committee hosts heated exchange on road expansion drive
KATHMANDU: Lawmakers and officials concerned had a heated debate over the road expansion drive in Kathmandu valley at a meeting of the Legislature-Parliament Committee on Development held in Singha Durbar today.
The discussions took a nasty turn soon after Dr Bhaikaji Tiwari, Planner at Kathmandu Valley Town Development Committee, said that the land encroachers were knocking on the doors of politicians to protect their houses at a time when the Committee was expediting the road expansion works.
At the meeting, Tiwari shared that they were facing hardship to demolish the structures that were erected by encroaching the government land as officials were given pressure by the land encroachers with the backing by the politicians.
But lawmaker Rama Duragain came down heavily on Tiwari, saying it was a shameful matter on the part of the civil servants to target the politicians even as they are paid from the taxes from the people.
She said, “We support your campaign if you demolish the illegally constructed structures. We are people’s representatives and it’s our responsibility to support the locals during the time of their suffering. Civil servants don’t need to teach us in such issues.”
On the occasion, Minister for Physical Planning and Works Hridayesh Tripathi said the present government has given continuity to the plan, budget and decision on road expansion campaign set by the previous and made it clear that the government was ready to provide compensation based on legal provision to the buildings’ owners that were demolished. “But compensation cannot be provided just after asking,” he added.
Tripathi said people in some parts of the city have helped make the town beautiful and wider roads while others were obstructing in some areas. He also informed the meeting that the campaign has been started in other cities as well.
Lawmakers Narahari Acharya, Krishna Prasad Sapkota, Jiban Prem Shrestha, Harilal Thapa Magar, Yam Lal Kandel, Lalita Tingring and others opined to provide compensation while demolishing people’s private properties. RSS