KATHMANDU, Oct 1: Kathmandu Metropolitan City (KMC) has demolished a public house in Bangemudha, Kathmandu, whose case was pending before the Supreme Court.
A house (Twa:Che) located at Kathmandu Metropolitan City-25 Bangemudha was demolished by KMC using a dozer on Friday. The Ward Office of KMC-25 had earlier issued a 24-hour notice to vacate the house. The house was demolished after the deadline expired on Friday afternoon.
After the notification of the Ward Office, a group of locals had staged a protest on Friday morning. However, KMC destroyed the house by using police force.
There has been a dispute between the Ward Office of KMC- 25 and the locals regarding Twa:Che built on public land. Locals have been claiming that the house should remain public, while the Ward Office is preparing to build its office on the land where the house is located.
Amid dispute, a case filed by the locals against KMC’s plan in the Supreme Court is still under consideration. According to Professor Ramesh Shrestha, Chairman of Twa: Chhe Committee, the KMC has demolished the house even as a writ petition related to this is sub judice at the apex court.
Asmit Malla, a local, said that the house where the former office of Nepal Bhasa Mankah Khala is located is a historical house. It is in the same building the Nepal Federation of Indigenous Nationalities was established.
Malla said that the KMC ignored the order of the court and demolished the house. The locals will soon file a defamation case against the KMC and the Ward Office.
Meanwhile, KMC Ward 25 Chairman Rajesh Dangol said that the Twa:Che was demolished according to the policy of KMC. Stating that the court order has not reached the ward office yet, he made it clear that it is the policy of the metropolis to demolish houses built without design approval.