German development bank pulls out of heritage rebuilding project

- Rastriya Samachar Samiti, BHAKTAPUR

Apr 27, 2018-

German Development Bank (KfW) has pulled out from heritage reconstruction task in Bhaktapur following a dispute whether to rebuild the earthquake-damaged temples and monuments through local users’ committee or by calling international tender.

The Bhaktapur Municipality insists that the reconstruction of heritage sites should be carried out through local users’ committee by utilising local skills and knowledge. KfW, meanwhile, is of the view that an international tender should be invited for the project.

 German Ambassador to Nepal Roland Schaefer said though the financial support from the KfW has been stopped for the time being, the German government shall continue to support Nepal in heritage development and conservation works in Bhaktapur. 

Ambassador Schaefer said Germany respected the sentiment of Bhaktapur residents.

Mayor Prajapati said the Bhaktapur Municipality has been carrying out heritage conservation and development works through local participation to ensure community ownership over the heritage sites that dot the ancient town.

It also ensures better work quality and cuts labour expenditure, he added. 

The municipality has been teaching the local builders and artisans to build earthquake-resistant structures using local skills and knowledge. 

 

Published: 27-04-2018 07:28

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