Print Edition - 2014-10-30  |  Nation

Heritage sites get facelift

  • Saarc summit preparations
- Anup Ojha, Bhaktapur
Heritage sites get facelift

Oct 29, 2014-People visiting the Bhaktapur Durbar Square were taking an alternative route as the main entrance to the area was closed on Wednesday. Many bamboo poles were erected around the gate and workers were busy repairing the national art museum’s walls and replacing old bricks with the new ones at the nearby sattal.

According to Mangala Pradhan, chief of the Durbar Management Office in Bhaktapur (DMO), they have already completed 25 percent of the renovation work being carried as part of preparations for the Saarc Summit scheduled to held on November 22-27. She said the area is being decorated as the dignitaries from the Saarc member countries will be visiting the area for sightseeing.

Pradhan said Durbar Square, Dattatraya Temple and Taumadi Square, which are enlisted as Unesco world heritage sites, are getting a makeover with the budget of Rs 7.5 million. DMO officials said the Ganesh temple next to the golden gate of the Durbar Square will be plastered, and the golden gate and the statue of Bhupatindra Malla will be refurbished.

Likewise, the pavements of National Museum and Badri Narayan Temple will be made concrete. The golden spout and Naagpokhari will also be renovated. The changing room of the Malla Kings will be renovated and the missing head the naag (serpent god) in the Naagpokhari will be constructed.

Similarly, Changu Narayan Temple, the first area in the country to be enlisted as the world heritage site, is also undergoing a facelift with the budget of Rs 3 million.

Published: 30-10-2014 09:33

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