Case filed over ‘violation’ of rebuilding standards

- Rastriya Samachar Samiti, Kathmandu

Mar 6, 2018-

A case has been filed against government employees, citing violation of norms in the reconstruction of historic Rani Pokhari. 

A group of people working for the conservation of heritage sites moved the Metropolitan Police Office, Teku, demanding a probe into the matter and action against those found violating the standard. 

Senior Engineer at the Department of Archaeology, Sampat Ghimire; Director at Urban Infrastructure Development Department at the Kathamandu Metropolitan City Office Uttar Kumar Regmi and contractor Arjun Kandel have been named as defendants in the case filed as per Clause 3 (1) of the Government Cases Act, Nepal-1992, exercising the right ensured by Article 32 of the constitution, said Monalisa Maharjan, a member of the group. 

The pond was built by then king Pratap Malla around 400 years ago, to console his queen aggrieved by the death of her son. The historic monument was severely damaged in the Gorkha Earthquake in 2015. The reconstruction works have been halted due to internal disputes. Authorities concerned have been accused of ignoring the originality and sensitivity of the historic site by using concrete materials in the rebuilding process.

Published: 06-03-2018 07:25

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