High Court Orders Kathmandu Metropolis Not to Demolish Structures Over Tukucha River

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Patan High Court has issued an Interim Order in the name of Kathmandu Metropolis to discontinue the demolition of structures built encroaching the Tukucha river.

Judge Dipendra Bahadur Bam issued an interim order hearing a petition filed by some stakeholders of the businesses over the river.

Kathmandu Metropolis has actively been running a campaign on demolishing the structures, with several places already excavated. The likes of Jai Nepal Cinema Hall and Laxmi Bank office have already been bulldozed by the Metropolis authority and discovered a flowing Tukucha river under those structures.

The High court has called both defendant and petitioner for a discussion on Wednesday.

Patan High Court Registrar, Thagindra Kattel said that the structures seem to have completed the necessary procedures and have the permission which led to the order from the court.

The city authority issued its first notice to remove all the structures over the river on 2009, and in 2019 the metropolis wrote a letter to ward-1 regarding the search of the river that had gone missing.

The disappearance of Tukucha River had been a burning issue for city stakeholders since a very long time but was always subsided.

The river has disappeared from Jai Nepal Cinema Hall to the Kathmandu Mall. A number of residential and commercial buildings lie over the river on these two points.

The river immediately disappears from the boundary wall of the Narayanhiti Palace Museum and no one know who is responsible for it.

Kathmandu Metropolis Mayor Balen announced to revive the water systems and stop encroachments during his election campaign. According to the Mayor Shah’s staff, the Tukucha river would be brought to its original form no matter what comes on the way.

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