KATHMANDU, Jun 4: The government has formed a probe panel to look into the disputed Water Front Resort constructed on the bank of Fewa Lake by tourism entrepreneur Karna Shakya.
The panel has been formed under the coordination of Narayan Regmi, a survey Officer at the Ministry of Agriculture, Land Management and Cooperatives, in which Prasanta Ghimire, Revenue Law Officer Bishnu Gharti, Senior Divisional Officer at the Ministry of Education, Science and Technology Kalpana Shrestha and Humnath Pandey representing Ministry of Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation.
The Supreme Court had directed the government to report with details whether the resort lies within the periphery of 65 meters, the sewage exuded by the hotel has been recycled or not within two months.
The committee has been given a 15-day deadline to submit the report.
Ghimire said that the committee has already started its work. “The committee has already begun its work,” said Ghimire, adding, “We have already reached the field. We are now working on data collection.”
In response to the writ petition filed by advocate Khagendra Subedi, a joint bench of justices Om Prakash Malla and Sapana Malla Pradhan directed to implement the report prepared by Bishwo Prakash Lamichhane-led committee and declare the Fewa Lake as the wetland and conservation area.
The Fewa Lake is shrinking day by day due to human encroachment and natural disasters.
Various individuals have registered over 1,692 ropanis of land in their names.