BAGMATI, Feb 25: People of the Chepang community of Raksirang Rural Municipality have been facing problems due to the limestone quarry of Ridhhisiddhi Cement Industry located at Hetauda of Makwanpur.
It is said that the Chepang community residing at Raksirang Rural Municipality-4 is in trouble after the cement factory started mining limestone in the Gingu area. The locals have been demanding immediate rehabilitation after their houses started to be buried in the course of limestone mining.
Though 60 families of the Chepang community demanded their immediate rehabilitation, to stop forced displacement and to make arrangements of appropriate compensation, the bodies concerned turned a deaf ear to their demand, they complained.
As per the study report of the National Human Rights Commission, around 35 families have already been displaced. Officer of the Commission, Kiran Baral said that a local Gothe Chepang along with his 18 family members has been displaced and taking shelter at a house of Bishwaraj Moktan of Raksirang-4.
Some of the displaced families of the Chepang community have been residing at Manahari Rural Municipality.
The Commission's Under-Secretary Hari Prasad Gyawali shared that a local school remained shut after the displacement of most of the families of the Chepang community of the Gingu area.
District chairperson of Chepang Association, Makawanpur, Purna Bahadur Praja said that they have been compelled to live at their relatives’ houses after being displaced from the Gingu area.
Problems surfaced after the cement factory did not implement the 11-point agreement signed between the rural municipality and the factory management to resolve the problems, said chairperson of the rural municipality, Raj Kumar Malla.