HIMALAYAN NEWS SERVICE
KATHMANDU: Pashupati Area Development Trust (PADT) has planned to develop basic infrastructure for the convenience of devotees, on the temple premises within a month.
A total of Rs 20 million has been allocated to build basic infrastructure at Pashupatinath, said the Trust. “We realised the need to immediately develop infrastructure for the convenience of devotees after we implemented measures to bring transparency in temple offerings about three weeks ago,” said Trust member-secretary Sushil Nahata.
He informed that a meeting held today decided to develop the infrastructure within a month.
“We will follow the rules while carrying out development activities,” he said. “Permission from the Department of Archaeology is necessary to carry out some development activities at the heritage site.”
The activities will focus on providing more facilities to visitors –– hall for devotees to keep their shoes-slippers, resting place for visitors, drinking water and toilet.
Likewise, restoring and repairing temple gates will also be given priority, said Pashupati Area Development Trust.
Hundreds of Hindus visit Pashupatinath Temple every day. The temple, believed to be more than two thousand years old, has been enlisted in the UNESCO World Heritage Site.
“We are going to build the necessary infrastructure as soon as possible,” said Nahata. “We are also going to clean the Bagmati river every Saturday so that devotees can use water for worship,” he said. “The river section beginning from Suryaghat to Tilganga will be cleaned once a week,” he said.
The Trust is also going to ban cremation of bodies near the eastern gate of the temple. “Cremation will not be allowed at the two points to maintain sanitation of the temple and the river,” said Nahata. “However, the public can use eight other cremation points on the eastern bank of the river,” he said. Around 48 bodies are cremated at Aryaghat every day.