BUTWAL, July 6: The District Court, Rupandehi, has issued an interim order against Tiger Palace, a five-star hotel in the district, over public land encroachment.
Following hearings on a writ petition filed against the hotel on the charge of encroaching upon public canal, Judge Narishwar Bhandari ordered to freeze the transaction of land, ban construction and collateral on the disputed land.
Thaneshwor Ghimire, chairperson of a local water consumer rights group had moved the court against Tiger Palace to recover "the encroached land belonging to Bhailubhuja canal".
The hotel has been accused of encroaching upon 10 Kattha 18 Dhur land of the canal including plots 120, 148, 152, 190 and 73 which was originally owned by Bhairawa-Lumbini underground water project. Some structures of the hotel have occupied the canal which used to remain a source of irrigation for locals.
The court has ordered the hotel management to attend the court within 21 days with an answer. Locals have accused Tiger Palace of encroaching upon 15 Katthas of land belonging to various public canals.
Jog Bahadur Paija, a local farmer, said that the hotel had turned down their repeated requests for not carrying out any construction on public land. According to consumer rights activist Ghimire, the farmers in the western part of the hotel have been struggling for irrigation after their major canal was blocked by the hotel's structures.