‘Baghdurbar to be rebuilt in 3 yrs’

- Anup Ojha, Kathmandu
‘Baghdurbar to be rebuilt in 3 yrs’

Jul 23, 2015-

The government has passed a budget of Rs 50 million for the Kathmandu Metropolitan City (KMC) to reconstruct Baghdurbar, from where KMC had been operating for over a decade.

The building which is over one and a half century old has been completely damaged by the April 25 earthquake and its aftershocks. The metropolis had been working from this historical building since 2004 during the tenure of Mayor Keshav Sthapit. The KMC, responsible for rebuilding and reconstructing quake-ravaged houses and heritage inside the metropolis, is now operating from the City Hall in Exhibition Road.

Chief executive of KMC Rudra Singh Tamang said the metropolis has hired two engineers for assessing Baghdurbar with a view to rebuilding it without distorting its original shape and form. “It will take around three years to complete,” said Tamang. The historic Baghdurbar, built in 121 ropanis of land, was handed to Nepal Government in 1839 after the demise of Bhimsen Thapa. It is said that the palace was named Baghdurbar ever since a Bengal tiger was kept there. Ves Naratan Dahal, the director of Department of Archaeology (DoA) said it has been inspecting the building and the work of KMC. “We will monitor KMC’s work. We have strongly suggested the metropolis to reconstruct the building by keeping its physical structure intact as the building has great historical value,” said Dahal.

According to the metropolis, it has completed a study on Baghdurbar’s physical structure and demolition work will start by August end. “We had also planned to retrofit the building, but that did not seem feasible,” said Tamang.

Initial estimation suggests that it will cost around Rs 500 million for fully reconstructing Baghdurbar.

Published: 24-07-2015 08:01

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