KMC starts removing algae from Ranipokhari

KATHMANDU: Kathmandu Metropolitan City (KMC) has started removing algae from Ranipokhari in a bid to make it clean and more appealing to the eyes.

File Photo: Skanda Gautam/THT
File Photo: Skanda Gautam/THT

The office began removing algae from Monday to maintain the beauty of the historical Ranipokhari as algae started covering the pond. As many as 20 municipal police personnel have been deployed on a daily basis for the task, said KMC Municipal Police Chief, Dhanapati Sapkota.

"The National Reconstruction Authority has not handed over the Ranipokhari to KMC after its reconstruction. However, we have started removing the algae as the heritage site is under our jurisdiction," Sapkota added.

Discussion is underway regarding the issue of filling the water in Ranipokari as some problem has surfaced due to decreasing water level, shared Sapkota.

After the reconstruction, 32.2 million litres of water was filled in Ranipokhari and there is now only around 20 million litres left.

President Bidya Devi Bhandari had inaugurated the Ranipokhari on October 21, 2020, post reconstruction. Ranipokhari was damaged by the Gorkha earthquake of 2015. The NRA had completed the reconstruction of Ranipokhari based on its original design after five years.