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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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Narayangadh-Muglin road obstructed

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CHITWAN — The Narayangadh-Muglin road section has been obstructed following a landslide in Ichchhakamana Rural Municipality-6 of Chitwan district, on early Thursday morning.

The road section has been obstructed following a landslide at Tope Khola on the Narayangadh-Mugling section of the highway, the District Police Office Chitwan said.

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According to police it will take five to eight hours to remove the landslide debris. Landslides are frequent on this section of the highway whenever it rains as the hill slopes on the road side have been scraped in course of the road widening works.

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