Hidden reasons behind Khokana protests should be uncovered: CoAS Thapa

Published On: August 1, 2020 08:01 AM NPT By: Republica  | @RepublicaNepal

KATHMANDU, August 1: Chief of Army Staff (CoAS) Purna Chandra Thapa has said that “hidden reasons” behind the problems seen in the construction of the Kathmandu-Tarai Expressway (Fast Track) should be uncovered.

Addressing a program organized at the Ministry of Defence earlier on Friday afternoon, CoAS Thapa emphasized finding the causes behind the disputes arising in the course of road construction in the Khokana area at the earliest, as it has hampered the timely construction of the national pride project. 

According to Thapa, the road construction reported only 42 percent work progress owing to the Khokana land dispute. “The issue of Khokana has made both the government and the Nepal Army serious,” said Thapa, wondering whether there are other reasons other than the problems of the public. “We have felt it is high time that the root cause behind this problem was discovered at the earliest.”

On a different note, Thapa urged the government to make necessary arrangements for the appropriate shelter of the Chandi Dal Battalion currently stationed at Singha Durbar.  He added that the lack of a permanent shelter for the security unit at the administrative headquarters of the country has raised a number of questions on the condition of other government bodies. 

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