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.
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.
2 killed, 5 injured in tractor accident
HETAUDA — Two persons were killed and five others were seriously injured after a tractor fell off the road last evening at Panchpandav village in Bagmati Rural Municipality-4, Makawanpur.
Police said that 50-year-olds Hem Kumar Shrestha and Bakhat Rai of Hariharpur Rural Municipality in Sindhuli district lost their lives in the fatal accident.
Shrestha died on the spot while Rai breathed his last on the way to a hospital in Hetauda, police added. The tractor (Na 6 Ta 442) was heading to Sindhuli district from Phawarbari in Makawanpur by supplying construction materials.
Those seriously hurt in the incident are Shivamaya Magar, Shakti Rai, Mohan Rai, Krishna Rai and Tilak Rai. The incident site is near Makawanpur-Sindhuli border along Dharan-Chatara road section.