Encroachments on Bharatpur metropolis area causing waterlogging
– Narayan Adhikari, Chitwan : Encroachment on main city area of Bharatpur Metropolitan City and the canal of Narayani lift irrigation project has caused the city area to get flooded. Construction of the road in the area and building of structures and buildings by burying the canal has led to the city being deluged, said the local people.
“Lack of drainage to let the rainwater accumulated during monsoon flow has caused the city to be flooded,” they said. Ward-7, 10, 11 and 12 of the metropolis have been flooded as a result. The CL canal has been completely buried while constructing roads and buildings, said engineer Khem Bahadur Patak, chief of the Narayani lift Khageri irrigation management office, Bharatpur.
Their repeated calls to the concerned authorities to stop encroaching on the canal have gone largely unheard, he said, adding that government offices, private houses, roads and lands have caved in as a result. Purna Bahadur Ranabhat, chairperson of the Narayani lift irrigation consumer committee, blamed government bodies for protecting the encroachers.
“There have been irrigation problems with the canal buried,” he said. The metropolis mayor Renu Dahal admitted that the city had been flooded as a result of the canal being buried. Stating that she would support the initiatives to stop encroachments on the canal, she said the Kerunga marshland is being managed to prevent inundation in this area. She also said the irrigation project would be upgraded. Established in 2040 B.S., the project has been directly irrigating 3,500 hectares of land of ward-4, 5, 6, 8, 9, 11, 12, 14 and 15 of the metropolis.