City Hall renovation begins

  • 18th saarc summit
- SAMIK KHAREL, Kathmandu
City Hall renovation begins

Aug 18, 2014-

The government has started work to revamp City Hall, the venue for the 18th Saarc Summit to be held in November. After announcing all the procurements necessary for refurbishing and constructing additional components at the hall, the structure will get a new look by the first week of November.

Workers are busy laying the foundation for the “holding rooms” on either side of the façade. The rooms will be resting area for heads of state or government from the eight Saarc nations upon their arrival at the venue.

“The idea is to serve light refreshments before their entrance to the main hall,” said Kashi Prasad Gupta, senior divisional engineer at the Department of Urban Development and Building Construction.

Additional plans include furnishing the main hall, stage and rest rooms. “Most of the tenders have been acquired. Work is going on in full swing, and stands to be completed on time,” said Gupta. “Other minute tenders are to close by September 5.” All the chairs in the hall will be replaced by new ones from China. An order for them has been placed. The government has adopted a fast-track tender process for summit preparations.

The structure needs enhancement in order to host the regional summit. Realising the single lane crossing following the main entrance, officials plan to widen the road for the convoys of delegates. Authorities also plan to renovate the wall that separates the venue from Old Buspark. Existing sound system, electrical wiring, firefighting equipment and heating systems will see a major overhaul. “Bids for these jobs are to be finalised this week,” added Gupta.

Besides the main venue, the building department has begun renovations at Gallery Baithak in Singha Durbar that will host minister-level meetings during the summit. The sitting arrangement and interior decoration are to be changed in the Baithak as this structure has not been used for years. Of the Rs 200 million that the government has allocated for these projects, Rs 150 million will go to the City Hall.

Published: 19-08-2014 09:05

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