Rs 120m allocated to rebuild six settlements

- RASTRIYA SAMACHAR SAMITI, Kathmandu

Mar 12, 2019-

The National Reconstruction Authority has allocated budget to accelerate the reconstruction of six earthquake-damaged heritage settlements in and outside of Kathmandu Valley.

According to the Central Project Implementation Unit of the NRA, Rs 120 million has been allocated to

conduct studies on the six settlements, including three inside the Valley, and another Rs 300 million for the reconstruction.

The 7.8 magnitude Gorkha Earthquake on April 25, 2015, had caused damage to several monuments and

settlements of historic and archeological significance in and outside the Valley.

Their reconstruction has been delayed due to the lack of budget, skilled workers and coordination among the concerned agencies.

To carry out the studies of these heritage settlements, Rs 2 million has been earmarked for each site, said Project Director Nawaraj Pyakurel. In the first phase, Rs 50 million will be released to reconstruct or renovate each quake-damaged heritage within the current fiscal year.

The reconstruction of heritage settlements, monuments and other archeological structures in Khokana (Lalitpur), Bungmati (Lalitpur) and Sankhu (Kathmandu) in the Valley is expected to accelerate with the release of budget.

The other heritage settlements getting the reconstruction budget are the Nuwakot Durbar, the Gorkha Durbar and  Dolakha Bazaar, where the Bhimeshwor temple is located.

Pyakurel said the NRA was also planning to conduct research and development works of Pashupati Temple Area, Changunarayam Temple Area, Swayambhunath and Bouddha.

Published: 12-03-2019 10:09

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