Over 1,400 families of Jitpursimara Sub-metropolis living as landless squatters

March 26, 2019

My Republica, March 25, 2019

BIRGUNJ: More than 1,400 households of Tangiya settlement at Jitpursimara Sub-Metropolitan City in Bara district do not have land ownership certificate and are living as landless squatters. 

Though such number of families from different communities including Brahman, Chhetri, Tamang and Bishwokarma has been living there since the last 44 years, they have not yet been provided with land ownership certificate. 

A local woman leader, Pabitra Sundar, said that they are now worried whether they would be shifted from there after the construction of the second international airport. Around four billion rupees has been estimated to shift the settlement. 

Mayor of Jitpursimara Sub-Metropolitan City, Dr Krishna Poudel, said, "We are considering three nearby places—Pasaha, Haraiya and Tamagadhi for shifting these families and a study was underway in this connection." 

The households have been residing there for the past 44 years on 731 bighas and 14 katthas of unregistered land towards four-kilometer south from a place - Sohra Kilometer - of Pathalaiya-Nijgadh road section. 

Eleven bighas of land has been allocated for the construction of second international airport. Shifting the settlement has become the main issue as the runway of the under-construction airport falls in the middle of the settlement. 

The landless squatters of Tangiya settlement at constituency no-3 of Bara district, said, "We have been living as landless squatters for the past 44 years. But the government should be serious to address our problems so that our children and grand children need not live in this status."