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Kathmandu city tells department to remove ‘illegal’ shops at Basantapur

Hanumandhoka Durbar. Photo: William Gary Rutley Wornell

Kathmandu, March 2

The Kathmandu metropolitan city (KMC) has sent a letter to the Department of Archaeology (DoA) to get rid of the illegally run shops in the Basantapur area of Kathmandu.

There are many such shops being run on the northern side of the Fire Brigade Office and in the buildings nearby Taleju Bhawani Temple.

The removal is asked to be carried out within a week, according to the letter. “It is the responsibility of the DoA to preserve the cultural, historical and archaeological heritage in the Kathmandu valley including Basantapur area,” reminds the letter.

The city government wrote to the department after receiving widespread complaints from the public about such shops that were occupying public spaces illegally and were running commercial activities.

The KMC Spokesperson Ishwar Man Dangol shares if the department does not remove such shops within a week, the city government will resort to action to remove them.

Basantapur Durbar Square is on the UNESCO World Heritage list.

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