Kavre cancels public land registered in locals’ names

MANOJ BASNET
Kavre: The Kavre District Land Revenue Office (DLRO) has cancelled the registration of public land in the name of individuals.

Around 30 hectares of public land along the Indrawati River at Mahadevsthan VDC-4 were illegally registered in the name of locals.

Following report about the land registration, a two-member probe committee comprising District Survey Officer Magnu Datta and a Branch Officer of the DLRO was formed on March 4 to investigate. The committee submitted a report stating that the land actually belongs to the government.

“We found during investigation that the land belongs to the government, and on the basis of findings we cancelled its registration,” said DLRO chief Janardan Guragain.

The land was registered in the name of the locals at the behest of then chief district officer Damodar Upadhyay, DLRO Chief Mukunda Prasad Upadhyay, District Forest Officer Mohan Krishna Manandhar, District Forest Office Chief Bijaya Paudel, District judge Dhakaldhoj Thapa and Pradhan Pancha Tanka Prasad Lamsal on April 19, 1982, who later shifted the registration to their relatives’ names.

Chief District Officer Sudhir Kumar Shah said the decision has saved land worth millions of rupees from being squandered.

source: The Kathmandu Post, 20 April 2011,

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