Nepal Earthquake Reconstruction: Kasthamandap Approved, Rani Pokhara Delayed!

Historical Rani Pokhara is undergoing severe delays linked to bidding process
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Nepal Earthquake Reconstruction: Kasthamandap Approved, Rani Pokhara Delayed!

A step ahead in the revival of age-old structures destroyed in 2015 earthquake, the Kathmandu Metropolitan City department gave its nod for the reconstruction of iconic Kasthamandap.

Towards this end, KMC Mayor Bidya Sundar Shakya handed over a cheque worth Rs 50 million to the Kasthamandap Reconstruction Committee (KRC) on October 13, 2018 and informed that the work would start in the current fiscal.

It’s been more than three years that the site has been awaiting reconstruction, which couldn’t begin due to disputes among the Department of Archaeology, KMC and the local community over the execution process and financing.

The work hasn’t started yet despite the Minister of Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation Rabindra Adhikari inaugurating the reconstruction work prior to the formation of KRC.

Speaking at a program, Mayor Shakya said the work would not stop anymore as the community is working collectively.

Meanwhile, the historical Rani Pokhara is also undergoing severe delays linked to bidding process that drew submissions failing to meet the project criteria.

“Documentation submitted by both the companies is not sufficient to meet the criteria for the project. So, another bidding is required which will take time,” informed Shakya.

There has been a heated discussion around the reconstruction of Rani Pokhara, where, the Department of Archaeology said the blue print for reconstruction was planned against the approved blueprint.

The locals had also protested against the use of concrete and modern materials in the reconstruction process.

It is really surprising to know that a total of 13 heritage sites and temples were destroyed and more than 37 such buildings were damaged in the April 2015 earthquake.

October 16, 2018 |

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