Know your city: Largest ward faces encroachment


Ward No 16, the largest ward in the Kathmandu Metropolitan City (KMC), is spread over 437.4 hectares. Like most wards, it is rich in cultural heritage.

The ward is situated in the northern part of the metropolis. Located in the north-west of the metropolitan city, there are around 40 pilgrim shelters and sacred sites in the ward that include Siddhi Ganesh, Mhyapi temple and Baish Dhara, the celebrated 22 waterspouts of Balaju.

The population in the last census was 45,450 with largest number of Brahmins followed by Chhetri and Newars. There are Chhetrapati, Thamel and Paknajol area in the southern part and scattered rural settlements in the northern section. The Ring Road crosses through the ward from the centre whereas Raniban forest is situated in the north.

The ward’s boundaries are formed by Ward No 17 and 29 in the east, Ichangu VDC in the west, Mahadev Khola and Manamaiju VDC in the north, and Ward No 15 in the south. With respect to local festivals, a fair is held at the 22 waterspouts of Balaju each year on the full moon day of April. According to Ward Secretary Navaraj Thapa, thousands of people are expected to participate in the fair this year.

The country’s largest industrial estate is also located in the ward. There are 111 manufacturing and tourism industries, and service centres here. Manang Marsyangdi Hotel, Kathmandu Guest House and 659 big business shops are registered in the ward.

The ward includes a dozen health and educational institutions including People’s Dental College and Hospital, Manmohan Memorial Hospital, Saraswati Campus and People’s Campus. The ward’s historic sites, particularly rest houses, pilgrim shelters, water fountains and sacred shrines at Sorhakhutte and Paknajol are in a pitiful condition because of neglect, according to locals.

Besides, encroachment on these public properties is on a rise. A part of Khusibun Housing Project, an initiative to create planned settlements, lies within the ward. Management of around 300 squatters residing on the riverbanks has become a major problem in the ward.

Lack of new projects has miffed public: Secy Navaraj Thapa

What is the rate of revenue collection in the ward?

We were successful to collect Rs 10.2 million in the last fiscal year and have collected more than 10 million so far this year.

How is public participation in the ward’s development activities?

Although people have been participating eagerly in the development activities, lack of new projects has miffed them. Because of this, it has become difficult for us even to collect tax from the public. KMC has sent only Rs 300000 for development works that is dismal.

What are the immediate requirements?

Thamel area needs a clean-up campaign and management from the tourism point of view. An unmanaged drainage, lack of parking area and heavy traffic load has overcrowded the residential area as well.

Posted on: 2011-04-15 08:27


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