PADT seeks ministry help to block road

Kathmandu, May 23: The Pashupati Area Development Committee (PADT) has appealed to the Ministry for Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation for providing security to block the Tilganga-Tamraganga road of the Pashupati area.

The District Administration Office also issued a notice on Wednesday to the police asking it to provide the required security force to continue the road blocking task.

Dr. Pradip Dhakal, member secretary of the PADT, demanded management of the required security at the working sites of both the entrances of the road section and Dev Udhyan of the PADT office premise.

On Saturday, an unknown group had filled a ditch dug to build the wall in order to block the road permanently, leading to a halt to the work. Even the workers were issued threats prompting them to abandon the work. Now the PADT has hired new workers, Dhakal said

Following a Supreme Court order three years ago, and widespread criticism from environmentalists, cultural conservationists and a warning from the UNESCO on May 11, 2012, the PADT initiated its act to block the road from May 13.

The works were obstructed from last Wednesday after a protest from the elected representatives, a mayor, a provincial assembly member and a member of the House of Representatives.

On Wednesday, work to plant saplings began in the blocked road in the participation of heritage activists, locals, members of the PADT and heritage activists, according to Ganapati Lal Shrestha, cultural activist.

Around 50 samples of trees were planted on the first day in the leadership of Arjun Rana, a local.  

The members of monitoring committee of Kathmandu Metropolitan City also inspected the site today, he said.

Deputy Mayor Hari Prabha Khadhihad  inaugurated the sampling plantation programme.

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