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Locals shut Sanfe-Martadi Highway demanding compensation

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BAJURA — Locals of Tipada in Badimalika Municipality-5 of Bajura have blocked the Sanfe-Martadi Highway since Monday morning demanding compensation for their land that was acquired in course of the highway construction.

The District Administration Office and people’s representatives turned deaf ears despite frequent visits to discuss the issue, complaint the locals.

They have accused the contractor company, PS Company, of failing to compensate them for their land property.

According to the residents, they found no option than closing the highway to exert pressure on authorities concerned to make the contractor respond to their issues.

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As per the papers, they were promised proper compensation for the arable land that is acquired for the road construction project. However, as many as 11 households are yet to get the compensation till now, said one Dhir Bahadur Singh.

“The road will not be opened till we are paid the compensation.”

When approached, Chief District Officer Luk Bahadur Chhetri said, “An all-party meeting was held in the District Administration Office (DAO) Sunday to seek a legal remedy of the issue. Efforts are underway to reopen the highway.”

Meanwhile, vehicles operating on short and long routes have been stranded before reaching the destination due to the highway closure.

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Vice President Pun leaves for China

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KATHMANDU — Vice President Nanda Bahadur Pun has left for China today on a six-day official visit.

Home Minister Ram Bahadur Thapa bade him farewell at the VVIP lounge of the Tribhuvan International Airport.

On the occasion, a contingent of Nepal Army offered a guard of honour to the Vice President. Chiefs of Nepal-based diplomatic missions, high-ranking government officials and senior security officials were at TIA to see off Vice President Pun who will lead a Nepali delegation to the ’17th Western China International Fair’ in Chengdu, the capital of Sichuan province.

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According to his private secretariat, the Vice President is scheduled to address the inaugural session of the fair on September 20 and a programme on ‘Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) ‘ to be organised by the business community on the same day.

During his stay in China, he will meet Chinese Vice Premier, Sichuan province secretary of the Communist Party of China, and other government representatives. He will also inspect Sichuan-based development programmes.

He will return home on September 24.

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