KATHMANDU, FEBRUARY 11
A Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) has been signed for the reconstruction of three heritage sites including conservation and retrofitting of Seto Machhindranath Temple, construction of Dharmashala at Budhanilakantha, and conservation and development of Kumari Chhen and Kumari Niwas in Kathmandu.
The agreements were signed by the Project Director of CLPIU (Building) of National Reconstruction Authority and contractors in the capital city on Thursday.
On the occasion, Head of Development Partnership and Reconstruction Wing of Indian Embassy, Project Consultant INTACH, officials from CLPIU (Building) and other stake holders including Mayor of Lalitpur, representative from Budhanilakantha Temple, chair of ward-25 of Kathmandu, representatives of user committees of the project areas were present.
The projects are being implemented through a grant assistance of US dollars 50 million committed by the Government of India for post-earthquake reconstruction of the cultural heritage sites across eight districts of Nepal.
The conservation and retrofitting of Seto Machhindranath Temple is estimated to be around Rs 626 million and estimated cost of conservation and development of Kumari Chhen and Kumari Niwas is Rs 456 million rupees, according to the statement.
Indian National Trust for Art and Cultural Heritage (INTACH) will monitor and supervise these two projects and work closely with the Government of Nepal.
Similarly, CLPIU (Building) of NRA is the implementing agency and the Dharmashala will be constructed at a cost of Rs 334 million.
Earlier in November 2019, India had built the Mathadish building for Budhanilakantha Temple at a cost of Rs 21.8 million.