‘Kasthamandap to be built in 3 years’

- Rastriya Samachar Samiti, Kathmandu

Jan 26, 2019-

The Kasthamandap Reconstruction Committee has claimed that the reconstruction of the iconic structure was moving ahead in at a satisfactory pace. The three-storied wooden shelter, which was built in the 7th century during the Lichhavi era, had collapsed in the 2015 earthquake. More than three years after the disaster, and a long delay in the initiation of reconstruction work, Kasthamandap is finally being rebuilt.

According to the committee, 12 percent of the reconstruction work has been completed till date. Rajesh Shakya, the committee president, said the first floor of the structure would be completed by the end of the current fiscal year.  

The entire structure will take at least another three years to be completed, he added.  

The committee has so far received 814.52 cubic feet of wood and Rs 50.5 million for the reconstruction project. 

Around 10-15 percent of the wood salvaged from the earthquake wreckage are reusable, said Aruna Nakarmi of Hanumandhoka Durbar Conservation Office.  The way Kasthamandap reconstruction process is progressing, cultural expert Sudarshan Raj Tiwari said, it is safe to say that the project will set an example for the reconstruction of other quake-ravaged historic monuments that are still in ruins. 

Published: 26-01-2019 07:21

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