Nepal | November 30, 2020

KMC withdraws from Ranipokhari reconstruction

Himalayan News Service
Share Now:

Department of Archaeology had instructed KMC to reconstruct Balgopaleshwor temple without using concrete

Rani Pokhari, Kathmandu, Balgopaleshwor temple

A view of the Balgopaleshwor temple, which was damaged in the April 25 earthquake, in Rani Pokhari, Kathmandu, on Friday, July 8, 2016. Photo: THT

Kathmandu, September 18

Kathmandu Metropolitan City has recently announced its decision to pull out of the reconstruction of the historic Bal Gopaleshwor temple, which lies at the centre of Ranipokhari.

The rebuilding work at Ranipokhari was halted more than two weeks ago upon instructions from the Department of Archaeology, citing that the works did not meet previously agreed standards set on August 29.

The department had earlier directed KMC to construct the temple without using concrete but the latter had not heeded this. Last week, the conflict reached a peak and the project came to a standstill after KMC decided to withdraw from the project.

KMC opined that it was dissatisfied with the department right from the beginning, while United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation had expressed its concerns over the inappropriate approach to the reconstruction project.

“The temple was originally constructed by using concrete and all construction activities on the premises of the historic pond have been carried out using concrete, which actually guarantees a higher level of safety.

Therefore, at this juncture, it would be questionable to totally rule out concrete,” Rudra Singh Tamang, executive officer at KMC, told THT, adding, “We have decided to pull out of the project. Nonetheless, we are still ready to support DoA financially, if the DoA decides to reconstruct the temple instead.”

The Worldwide Kandel KN KG JV, the company reconstructing the historic site, also claimed that since concrete was used in the original structure, it had not done anything against the standards.

The company also said it was expediting reconstruction so as to complete the task before Bhai Tika of Tihar, when people without brothers and sisters visit the temple to receive tika.

Meanwhile, the Department of Archaeology said it was ready to take over the construction work. “If KMC is not ready to follow the guidelines and directions given by the department, we are ready to reconstruct the temple ourselves,” said Bhesh Narayan Dahal, director general at the department.

The temple had suffered significant damage in the earthquake last year. KMC had contracted Worldwide Kandel KN KG JV to reconstruct the centuries-old temple and pond at a cost of Rs 62.9 million. The company revealed that it had spent Rs 15 million so far.

Ranipokhari was built in 792 NS or 1727 BS by the then king Pratap Malla. The Balgopaleshwor temple with the idols of Bal Gopal and Mahisasur Mardini along with a Shiva Linga stands in the middle of the pond.

Previously, the gates of Ranipokhari was opened to the public twice a year on Bhai Tika of Tihar and Chhath.

A version of this article appears in print on September 19, 2016 of The Himalayan Times.

Follow The Himalayan Times on Twitter and Facebook

Recommended Stories:

More from The Himalayan Times:

Mahrez hat-trick as Man City thrash Burnley 5-0 yet again

MANCHESTER: Riyad Mahrez scored a hat-trick as Manchester City hammered Burnley 5-0 at the Etihad Stadium in the Premier League on Saturday -- the fourth straight time Pep Guardiola's side have beaten the Clarets at home by that scoreline. City had netted just 10 goals in their open Read More...

Oli counters Dahal with 38-page salvo

Oli raises a host of issues and questions Dahal’s role in relation to them KATHMANDU, NOVEMBER 28 Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli today presented a 38-page long rebuttal to party Co-chair Pushpa Kamal Dahal’s 19- page proposal saying Dahal’s proposal had led to a serious crisis in the party a Read More...

Record-setting week at Nepse

KATHMANDU, NOVEMBER 28 The country’s sole secondary market witnessed a number of records broken in the trading week between November 22 and 26, with the Nepal Stock Exchange (Nepse) index surging by 6.47 per cent or 115.13 points week-on-week to scale to a new peak. Opening at 1,778.12 p Read More...

Raphinha's late strike gives Leeds victory at Everton

LIVERPOOL: Brazilian winger Raphinha scored his first goal for Leeds United to give his side a 1-0 win in an eventful Premier League game full of disallowed goals and superb saves at Goodison Park on Saturday. With England manager Gareth Southgate watching from the stands, Everton keeper Read More...


MoFAGA formulates procedure to enhance public accountability

KATHMANDU, NOVEMBER 28 The Ministry of Federal Affairs and General Administration has formulated procedure related to public accountability promotion for its implementation at the local levels. The procedure aims to enhance the public accountability of local governments by making elected repre Read More...

‘Chandragadi airport to be upgraded as per new DPR’

JHAPA, NOVEMBER 28 Minister of Tourism and Civil Aviation Yogesh Kumar Bhattarai today said upgradation of Chandragadi airport would be carried out as per the latest detailed project report. Upon receiving a memo submitted by Save Chandragadi Airport Committee, Minister Bhattarai clarified tha Read More...

Jagadamba steel

Industrial blast injures four

BARA, NOVEMBER 28 At least four labourers were injured in an explosion at a furnace of Jagadamba Steel in Jitpursimara sub-metropolis of Bara today. The four persons, including two Indians, were injured in the incident that took place early this morning. The injured have been identified as Read More...

Cold store being built

DHARAN, NOVEMBER 28 Construction of a cold store in Sunsari’s Barahachhetra Municipality has reached the final stage, signalling an end to the plight of having to take local products elsewhere for storage. Sunsari’s Barahachhetra has developed wards in the plains and prioritised livestock Read More...