KVDA in talks with SD International to settle squatters

KATHMANDU: The Kathmandu Valley Development Authority has begun home work regarding managing the landless squatters who were removed from the UN Park here some months back.

According to the Authority officials, they are to be settled on the property of the Himal Cement Company at local Chovar. The Himal Cement Factory at Chovar has been closed and its land has been lying unused.

Slum Dwellers International has sought to construct some 500 houses free of cost and this task has not moved forward since we have not been able to allocate the land for this purpose, said Keshav Sthapit, Commissioner of the KVDA.

Slum Dwellers International is a UN-recognized organization working in the field of management of squatters and slum dwellers.

Sthapit said the squatters could be managed at Chovar through development of housing along with a master plan. “But before this they have to be rightly identified and treated humanely. They have to be temporarily settled before transferring them to the houses to be constructed at Chovar,” he added.

It is stated that for the time being the KVDA is planning to settle them at the Balaju Industrial Area on temporary basis. Currently, some of the squatters removed from the UN Park are living at their relative’s houses while some are living in the same area in makeshift huts. RSS

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