Degu Taleju temple reconstruction stalled

- RASTRIYA SAMACHAR SAMITI, Lalitpur

Sep 6, 2018-

The reconstruction of the Degu Taleju temple at Patan Durbar Square—a world heritage site—has remained stalled even after more than three years since it was damaged by the Gorkha Earthquake.

Restoration of this historic temple has not started yet due to confusion over which body was responsible for the task. The Monument Preservation and Palace Supervision Office (MPPSO) has said it is yet unclear which body–Kathmandu Valley Development Trust (KVDT) or the government itself–would carry out the reconstruction.  Japan has provided Rs130 million in assistance for the reconstruction of the temple.

The KVDT had carried out the restoration works on the heritage site for 2-3 years until the Gorkha Earthquake struck on April 25, 2015.

Although the government itself has started rebuilding some of the ancient temples and monuments of late,

there has been little progress on reconstruction works due to contractor’s dilly dallying.

Kajiman Pyakurel, chief of the MPPSO, said the reconstruction works would move ahead if the KVDT itself undertook the rebuilding works instead of doing it through contractors. “We have not been able to assign the KVDT with the rebuilding task due to some legal provisions,” he said.

As per the law, the government cannot allocate more than Rs 6 million to a non-governmental organisation for carrying out reconstruction works.

Built in the medieval period during the Malla era, the Degu Taleju temple is considered an important monument of the Valley.

Published: 06-09-2018 07:28

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