Nepal | October 28, 2020

Hanumandhoka restoration project to start after Dashain

Himalayan News Service
Share Now:

Kathmandu, September 4

Constituent Assembly member Nabindra Raj Joshi, who is spearheading initiatives to rebuild the Hanumandhoka Durbar Square, which was severely damaged in the April 25 earthquake, has stressed an immediate need to restore the World Cultural Heritage Site.

Joshi, who is also the coordinator of the coordination committee for repair and reconstruction of monuments in the Hanumandhoka Durbar Square, said, “It is highly critical that we rebuild the monuments in such a way that they would be able to withstand even greater earthquakes in future.”

He informed that the repair and reconstruction of damaged monuments would be completed within five years under the Post-Earthquake Recovery and Reconstruction Policy.

He also stressed unified development of destroyed or damaged monuments in the square in close coordination and consultation with the locals.

Bhesh Narayan Dahal, director general at the Department of Archaeology, said his office has already developed an inventory of damaged and destroyed monuments in the square other places across the country along with the details of their pre-earthquake state.

“The inventory will guide us to repair and reconstruct the monuments without losing their originality. The DoA will work out the design and estimate the cost of the project. Reconstruction work will begin after the Dashain festival at the latest,” he informed, adding that the locals will act as a watchdog for the project.

According to Dahal, as many as 820 monuments were damaged or destroyed in the April 25 earthquake and subsequent aftershocks. Of them, 39 monuments are located in the square.

“Various countries, including India, China and Sri Lanka, and donor agencies have expressed their interest in rebuilding the monuments. Currently, training is being provided to local masons and artisans so as to engage them in the reconstruction of the monuments,” he shared.
Ram Thapaliya, disaster management adviser to Prime Minister Sushil Koirala, said the latter has taken reconstruction of heritage monuments seriously as they are associated with national identity. “National Reconstruction Authority will coordinate with line ministries and locals for the reconstruction project,” he informed.

Sampat Ghimire, senior divisional engineer at the DoA, said the government has given top priority to repair and reconstruction of monuments in the Hanumandhoka Durbar Square.

A version of this article appears in print on September 05, 2015 of The Himalayan Times.

Follow The Himalayan Times on Twitter and Facebook

Recommended Stories:

More from The Himalayan Times:

City thrash woeful Marseille to stay top in Champions League Group C

MARSEILLE: Manchester City were barely troubled as they claimed their second victory in Champions League Group C by beating Olympique de Marseille 3-0 at the Stade Velodrome on Tuesday. Ferran Torres, Ilkay Gundogan and Raheem Sterling found the back of the net as Pep Guardiola's side s Read More...

La Liga, Barcelona, Lionel Messi

Barcelona president Bartomeu resigns after Messi row

BARCELONA: Barcelona president Josep Maria Bartomeu resigned from the club on Tuesday ahead of a vote of no confidence that was due to be held next month after some 20,000 fans signed a petition demanding that he step down. The rest of the board of directors also resigned. "It's a thought- Read More...

Bayern edge past Lokomotiv 2-1 to stretch winning run

MOSCOW: Bayern Munich's Joshua Kimmich volleyed in a 79th-minute winner on Tuesday as they battled past hosts Lokomotiv Moscow 2-1 in their Champions League Group A match to extend their winning run in the competition to 13 consecutive games. Leon Goretzka headed them in front in the 13 Read More...

US early voting tops 70 million, continuing historic pace

WASHINGTON: More than 70 million Americans have cast ballots in the US presidential election, more than half the total turnout of the 2016 election with one week to go until Election Day, according to a Tuesday tally from the US Elections Project. The tally, which shows a record-breaking Read More...

Australia confirms playing India in all three formats

MELBOURNE: Australia will kick off its international summer with limited overs series against India in Sydney and Canberra from Nov. 27 before the four-test series starts in Adelaide as a day-night match on Dec. 17, Cricket Australia (CA) said on Wednesday. A tour worth about A$300 million ($ Read More...

Bagmati Province Governor Prasai tests positive for Covid-19

JHAPA: Bagmati Province Governor Bishnu Prasad Prasai tested positive for Covid-19 on Tuesday. Prasai had reached his home at Mechinagar, Jhapa from Hetauda-based Province Governor's Office for Dashain celebrations. Governor Prasai said that he had mild symptoms such as body ache and sweating Read More...

India's coronavirus cases set to cross 8 million

MUMBA: India's tally of coronavirus cases stood less than 10,000 away from the grim milestone of 8 million, as 43,893 new cases were reported in the last 24 hours, data from the federal health ministry showed. Totalling 7.99 million, India has the second-most number of confirmed cases after t Read More...

Typhoon Molave lashes Vietnam coast, 26 fishermen missing

HANOI  At least 26 fishermen were missing at sea as one of the strongest typhoons in two decades tore into Vietnam's central coastline on Wednesday, uprooting trees and forcing hundreds of thousands into shelter. Typhoon Molave, packing winds of up to 135 kilometres (83.9 miles) per hour, wa Read More...