Govt directed to stop leasing out public land in Kathmandu

A Parliamentary Committee has directed the government to halt the process of leasing out public land in the Kathmandu Valley for a certain timeframe.

Stating that a strategic master plan relating to the development of the Kathmandu Valley is being formulated, a meeting of the Development Committee under the Legislature-Parliament Thursday directed the government to stop the process of leasing public land to any individual or organisation for commercial purposes until the plan is introduced and enforced. The meeting focused on the planned-wised development of the Valley.

Agriculture and Water Resources Chair and lawmaker from the Kathmandu valley Gagan Thapa stressed the need of cooperation and coordination among the Urban Development Ministry, Kathmandu Valley Development Authority and stakeholders for developing systematic urban areas with enforcing secured building construction criteria.

Secretary at the Ministry of Urban Development Arjun Karki sought positive support from all sides to enforce the state policy, rules and regulations. He expressed concerns over haphazard plotting of land in the Valley.

The Development Committee Chairperson Rabindra Adhikari said Kathmandu, Lalitpur, Bhaktapur, Kirtipur and Madhyapur Thimi areas in the Valley are facing high population density and these areas should have the facilities of drinking water, drainage, electricity, roadway and smooth transport. He directed the respective Ministry and Authority to prepare and enforce the strategic master plan within the next six months. The Committee is always ready to cooperate with the Authority if it faces any problems while carrying out its activities, he said. RSS

Source: Republica