HETAUDA: Terrorised by wild beasts, including elephants and rhinoceros for years, the hapless folks of wards 5 and 6 of Manhari VDC in Makawanpur were shifted to Godamchaur as per the government plan three months ago, But, their hassles have not ended.
Anjita Rai, a local from Godamchaur complained that tuskers had damaged paddy, maize and millets and destroyed houses.
“The wild tuskers have destroyed the crops planted in three kattha land,” Rai said.
Bhagawati Rai, Another local, lamented that a wild tuskers entered human settlements at night. “Three days ago, a tusker destroyed a house,” Rai said. She said that locals’ efforts to control the animals had been in vain. “We are having a hard time even saving our lives,” Rai complained.
Prem Bahadur Rai said their pleas to chase away the wild animals and provide compensation had fallen on deaf ears.
Manhari Consumers’ Committee Chairman Muktinath Adhikary said, “We have informed the park authorities about the wild beasts, but the locals have not received any reparation.” He added that electrified wires would be installed to control wild animals after three months.
The Cabinet led by former Prime Minister Madhav Kumar Nepal, around five years ago, had decided to transfer the locals of two wards to Godamchaur. The Settlement Transfer High Level Committee shifted the locals to Godamchaur three months ago.
Committee Coordinator Rajdev Yadav said that the 377 households were relocated to Godamchaur and 250 bigaha land was distributed to the families.