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After waiting for almost three years, the reconstruction work of the historic Rani Pokhari finally resumed on Monday. The project had been on hold following a series of controversies and numerous logistical obstacles.
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The government has entrusted the National Reconstruction Authority with the task of rebuilding Rani Pokhari.
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Around four dozen members of the Nepal Student Union, the student wing of Nepali Congress, played football on the ground of Rani Pokhari on Tuesday as a symbolic protest against the delay in the reconstruction of the historic site that was badly damaged in the 2015 earthquake.
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The Rani Pokhari was once a Kathmandu icon, a large lush pond, green and resplendent, in the heart of the city engulfing the distinctive pale Balgopaleshwor temple. Locals like Naresh Bir Shakya, who grew up in Jamal just across the Rani Pokhari, looked out at the pond every day. On his morning walks, he would marvel at the colourful fish and the flock of ducks that treaded the waters, scooping up those very fish.
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Heritage conservationists and activists are worried about government’s plan to hand over the reconstruction of Rani Pokhari to Nepal Army (NA).
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For decades, Bhajya Pukhu (Bhaju Pokhari), which lies across the road from Siddha Pokhari—one of Bhaktapur’s most famous landmarks—was more a field than it was a pond. The two levels of walkways made for the perfect running track for early morning joggers, its lush greens a great spot for kicking a football around.
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