KATHMANDU, Sept 12: The locals of Khokana have been staging protests and demonstrations time and again against the construction of a fast track linking Kathmandu with Tarai, citing historical and religious reasons.
The locals of Khokana, Lalitpur staged a symbolic protest against the project on Saturday as well.
The locals in the area have been expressing dissatisfaction with this project as the government has neither provided them with sufficient compensation for their land nor sought participation of the locals in the road project.
The locals fear that their traditions and cultures could be uprooted due to unplanned development activities.
Earlier in July, the local farmers had planted rice and staged a demonstration at the project site. A police-locals clash had then erupted when the government tried to thwart the attempt of the farmers.
Here are some pictures, taken by Republica Photojournalist Monika Malla in the Khokana area on Saturday afternoon: