Kathmandu, April 27: The unauthorized shops and sheds at the open-air theatre (Khula Manch) in the heart of the central capital have been bulldozed today. These sheds and shops were constructed on public land grabbed by an individual who then rented them out to others for operating shops.
Forty-three such structures with shutters were demolished today in the presence of security personnel and the Chief District Officer of Kathmandu district, Kathmandu Metropolitan City mayor Bidya Sundar Shakya, and local people’s representatives.
Altogether there were 52 shops at the open-air theatre. Among them, 43 were new and nine old ones.
The construction company, Jaleshwar Swochhanda Bikai Builders Pvt Ltd, is found to have constructed the shops and structures on the north side of the existing bus park at open-air theatre by encroaching on public land.
The open-air theatre is a public property and it used to be a place in the past where mass meetings and political gatherings used to be held. (RSS)