Government’s reply to Balen: There is no section on the map, it can’t even be shown

Government's reply to Balen: There is no section on the map, it can't even be shown

6 October, Kathmandu. The Kathmandu Metropolitan City’s campaign to trace the Tukucha River from Jaynepal Hall to Kamaladi Mode has suffered a setback.

The city operated dozers from August 30 on the structure from Jai Nepal Hall to Kamaladi Mod on the grounds that the river had been constructed unauthorizedly. In that process, the structures of some private buildings were also destroyed. After the concerned landlords went to court against this, Kathmandu Metropolitan City wrote to the Surveyor Department to map the Tukucha River from Jaynepal Hall to Kamaladi Mode.

After the department wrote a letter to the Ministry of Land Management, Cooperation and Poverty Alleviation, a working group was constituted under the leadership of Joint Secretary Janakraj Joshi. The report submitted by the task force to the ministry on 21st has mentioned that there is no Tukucha river from Jaynepal Hall to Kamaladi Mode in the map prepared in 2032.

Joint secretary Joshi told news online, “You said where is the Tukucha river in the field from Jaynepal Hall to Kamaladi Mod, what we read is not on the map. If it is not on the map then how do we show it on the ground? That’s why we can’t show on the ground what is not on the map.’

According to him, drawing is the act of showing where the objects on the map (rivers, houses, land, etc.) are located on the ground. But the ministry concluded that the Tukucha river from Jaynepal Hall to Kamaladi Mod could not be drawn on the map.

According to Joshi, the periphery of Jaynepal Hall has fallen 18/20 feet from the wall of Narayanhiti Palace and 20/25 feet from Kamaladi Mode when he went to the field during the study.

Joshi further said, “In the field it is not visible on the surface of the ground, it happens on the map.”

After the ministry stated that it could not be shown as it was not on the map, the Kathmandu metropolis requested it to be shown on the map first. But according to the Land Survey Act, only what is on the surface of the land can be converted into a map. Joint secretary Joshi says, ‘The first map at that place was made in 2032. Before that there was no measurement. Instead of re-measuring and drawing on the map, there is a person’s lot on the map, a map of that lot, a field book, parts ready, a house built in the person’s name. We cannot show the door there.

Because kittanapi is a measure of the surface of the land. That’s why we have said that we cannot even make a map as per the existing law and the conditions in the area”, he added.

The Working Group of the Ministry of Land Management has also suggested what should be done to trace the Tukucha River.

According to the task force, Ground Penetrating Radar (PTR) is a technology that detects the location of underground sources and structures on the surface of the ground. Using this technique it is possible to find out where the Tukucha River falls on the surface of the ground.

But for this the city of Kathmandu should first decide to show the Tukucha River on the map from Jaynepal Hall to Kamaladi Mode. After that the central government agency should also decide that the land of this place belongs to the government.

Joint secretary Joshi says, “If we decide that this land belongs to the government, we have to dig a river and show it on the surface, and if they ask us to measure and cut the land, we can make a map.” , But we cannot show the river by ignoring the above structures without knowing the condition of the ground, how deep, how wide it is.’

Joint Secretary Joshi made some arguments saying that underground structures cannot be shown above ground. ‘There is David Falls in Pokhara, it goes underground at Patale Chongo David Falls, it goes up to Gupteshwar and comes out. Above it is a house and a road. It is not possible to show a river that it is all a river. Now a tunnel is being built at Nagdhunga. It is not possible to build a highway by removing the above ground and the houses there because tomorrow there will be a highway. Because the principle of land survey is to measure and show what is on the land, which is owned.

The Working Group of the Ministry of Land Management suggests that a working group be set up to study the Roads Department, Mining and Geological Department if the Tukucha River from Jaynepal Hall to Kamaladi Mod is to be demarcated officially and legally. needed. It is advisable to proceed only on the basis of metropolitan, underground water resources agency, survey department etc.

Following the task force’s report, the ministry called Mayor Balen Shah and other officials of the metropolis. But Mayor Balen did not come, Chief Administrative Officer Basant Adhikari and some mayor’s advisors reached Mantralaya.

Joint secretary Joshi, who is also the spokesperson of the Ministry of Land Management, says, “The ministry has informed us about the report of the working group and sent it along with a section of suggestions.”

Source: OnlineKhabar

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