Displaced villagers take out demonstration

Published On: February 13, 2017 01:15 PM NPT By: Republica  | @RepublicaNepal

BHIMDATTANAGAR, Feb 13: The locals displaced during the Shuklaphanta National Park expansion drive on Sunday took out a demonstration at Bhimdattanagar of Kanchanpur. 

The locals demonstrated in front of the office of a task force formed for land acquisition in the national park area and for providing land compensation to those affected. 

Shuklaphanta National Park Chief Conservation Officer, Ved Kumar Dhakal, said the displaced villagers have opposed the commission report that updates information on 1480 families. 

In line with the commission report, the taskforce was preparing to provide land compensation and economic relief after investigating the documents of the displaced families. According to the displaced families there are 2473 families affected by the land acquisition and that the government should address them all. 

"We have been demanding that each family be given 10 katha of land as compensation," said Madan Pant, a displaced person. "We do not agree on five katha land and Rs 500, 000 as relief," he added. 

During the expansion drive in 2002 (2058) BS, the government had provided 10 katha land per family displaced in the process. The taskforce has established a liaison office at Bhimdattanagar for filling the data form for an update. The taskforce has even set up a time window from February 12 to April 15 for the displaced locals to update their information. RSS 


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