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Local leaders want Pashupati Area Development Trust scrapped

Locals of the Pashupati area stage a demonstration against the Pashupati Area Development Trust outside the Pashupati Temple, in Kathmandu, on Friday, July 31, 2020.

Kathmandu, July 31

Local political leaders of the Pashupati area in Kathmandu have demanded that the government scrap the Pashupati Area Development Trust, arguing the authority could not conserve and manage the holy site.

Of late, the locals are furious with the trust after it introduced a new master plan that proposes demolishing some residential houses in the area so as to build other structures for the use of pilgrims and other visitors there.

The locals supported by their elected representatives staged a demonstration at the southern gate of the Pashupati Temple on Friday and demanded that the body be scrapped. Kathmandu Metropolitan City ward 8 chairman Dinesh Kumar Dangol said residents of wards 7, 8, and 9 would fight together against the trust. Likewise, ward 7 chairman Shuddha Dangol complained the trust had always been a trouble for the locals.

Bagmati Provincial Assembly member Narottam Baidya said the master plan should not be implemented at any cost.

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