MAHOTTARI, Jan 17:The people's representatives in Bardibas Municipality have pledged to end the rampant extraction of river products and shut quarries operating illegally within the local unit.
Bardibas has become a hub for the extraction of river products illegally.
Their commitment to this effect follows complaints that the municipality leadership did nothing despite the rampant extraction of sand and pebbles at more than 20 locations in the municipality.
"We will shut quarries operational illegally. All quarries within the local unit have been asked to prove their legality. Now, they will be regulated," Mayor Bidur Kumar Karki said.
He also pledged to effectively implement the guidelines related to the extraction of river products.
But the local opposition parties have said the mayor's decision came too late when the term of the present local representatives is about to end. They accused the mayor of trying to earn political mileage by making this announcement before the local election.
The existing local governments can stay until the latest by May 20 this year as per the legal and constitutional provisions. Elections must be held 15 days before the existing representatives’ terms end so that new ones can replace them.