Print Edition - 2014-07-12 | Main News
12-storey building plan to house facilities
- Foreign Ministry services
Jul 11, 2014-
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs is planning to construct a 12-storey building on its property at Tripureshwor where it will set up the offices for its three divisions that are directly linked with providing day-to-day government services to the public.
The building will have the offices for passport, consular affairs, and guest hospitality divisions of the ministry. The government could release around Rs 200 million at the beginning to start the construction, the ministry said on Friday.
A team of architects from the Ministry of Urban Development has already prepared the detailed design for the building. It is awaiting approval from the Cabinet. According to the proposed design, the building will have multiple facilities like under ground parking, separate services like consular, protocol and hospitality management for state organised functions, food courts, and shopping centre, among others.
A Foreign Ministry official said the passport division, which is currently located on the premises of Narayanhiti Museum, has already been asked to shift the office by the museum authority. Hundreds of people throng to the office every day, and the location is not suitable to handle a large crowd. The official said shifting the office to Tripureshwor will be convenient for everyone; both consular and passport services could be offerred from under one roof.
The Foreign Ministry is also planning to build two buildings in Colombo, Sri Lanka, and in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, to set up the country’s embassies.
Published: 12-07-2014 09:11