July 6, 2017
A plan is in place to construct an earthquake memorial park at Barpak, the epicentre of the April 2015 Gorkha earthquake. The Department of Urban Development and Building Construction (DUDBC) divisional office in the district said that construction of the park would be costing around Rs 180 million.
Roshan Shrestha, chief of the DUDBC divisional office, said that the construction of the structures will cost around Rs 160 million and fencing will cost an extra Rs 20 million.
Within a year after the earthquake, President Bidya Devi Bhandari had laid the foundation for the construction of the memorial park. Now the construction of the park has begun and will be constructed in nearly 200 ropanis of land. It will have quake-ravaged homes, a mandala, roads linking various areas of the park, guard house, ticket counter, children’s playground, parking, jungle area, open ground and other structures.
People whose houses are situated inside the park will be requested to leave and will be provided with nearby government land as a compensation.
DUDBC’s technicians say that it might take time to construct the park due to the geographical difficulties, among other factors.