The Valley Resident Management and Support Struggle Committee held a campaign today at Basantapur, Kathmandu, in order to encourage Kathmandu Metropolitan City (KMC) to continue ‘protecting Bagmati civilization’.

The campaign was to show support and appreciation for KMC’s work to bulldoze the squatter settlement near Bagmati river in Thapathali area.

The committee collected signatures on a 126-meter-long cloth from people of Kathmandu, Lalitpur and Bhaktapur having the same opinion and displayed it at Basantapur.

The committee then held a peaceful march to the KMC office Baghdurbar where they handed over a letter to KMC Police Chief Raju Pandey in which the committee stated their support to remove squatter settlements in the Bagmati corridor.

“The attack KMC officials while trying to remove the squatter settlement on Bagmati river has threatened the peace and security of the capital city. Due to Home Ministry’s inaction, the residents of the Valley should be awake now,” the letter reads.

Mahesh Raj Bajracharya, a member of the committee, claimed that more than 70,000 signatures have been inked on the smaller pieces of the cloth that were placed in different places of these districts and later joined together to make its length a total of 126 meters.