KAILALI, Aug 31: A border dispute between Gauriganga Municipality and Ghodaghodi Municipality has become further complicated.
The dispute turned worse after Ghodaghodi Municipality installed a board at the forest near Shankarpur while Gauriganga has been claiming its area up to Amkhoya canal along the East-West Highway.
Representatives from Gauriganga accused Ghodaghodi Municipality of installing the board by mobilizing a group of youths there.
Hari Prasad Tiwari, chairman of Gauriganga-9, said that they set up the board based on the border that is verified by the administration.
“Ghodaghodi Municipality encroached into our area of Masuriya village and they did it unilaterally without consulting us,” he said.
However, Mayor of Gauiriganga Municipality, Mamata Prasad Chaudhary, accused Gauriganga Municipality of installing the board in their territory. He claimed that Aamkhoya forest area falls in Ghodaghodi Municipality.
But Gauriganga Municipality Mayor Bhim Bahadur Deuta claimed that their municipality was using the area for years. “We installed the board there because that falls in our territory,” he said.
He said the dispute will be resolved soon by convening a meeting of officials from both the municipalities, community forest officials, civil society members, and elected representatives from the wards.