The banks of river Bagmati in Kathmandu, Nepal have been filled with settlers who have built make-shift homes of tarpaulin, and sometimes brick. The Nepali government has bulldozed the squatter settlement time and again, and has tried to offer alternatives but many have refused re-location – citing transportation problems, higher costs, political patronage (where some parties and politicians promised the land to them).
The settlement is filled by the “urban poor”, who cannot afford high rent costs of Kathmandu. The blue-collar workers who have migrated to Kathmandu for opportunities usually settle here. Deepak Tolange’s photo essay is a snapshot of the lives of the illegal squatters next to river Bagmati in Thapathali.
Deepak Tolange is Nepal based Independent Filmmaker and a Freelance Photographer.
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