Ranipokhari to get KMC recharge

KATHMANDU; The Kathmandu Metropolitan City (KMC) is all set to recharge Ranipokhari in the heart Kathmandu. Level of water in the pond has been depleting year by year for lack of reliable water source. Rabin Man Shrestha, chief, Environment Management Department, KMC said, “We are carrying out a study on how to increase water level in the pond.”

According to Shrestha, the study will focus on searching a ground water source, installation of boring equipment and recharging the pond. The water level in the pond is depleting gradually specially in dry season for there is no water source. Rain water is the only source for the pond. “Water from spouts was used to recharge the pond but the spouts have too gone dry,” he said.

KMC has allocated Rs 50,000 for the study. The study will be completed within two weeks. KMC has, further, allocated Rs 1.5 million for a project to manage water in the pond, said Shrestha. “As soon as the study is completed, the project will be launched,” he concluded.

Ranipokhari is known as Lani Pukhu in Newari language, which means Queen’s pond. In the middle of the pond there is a temple. Gaurishankar temple, built in the seventeenth century, stands at the centre of the pond. The temple has idols of Bal Gopal (child form of Lord Krishna), goddess Mahalaxmi, Shiva Lingum and goddess Parvati.

King Pratap Malla had built the temple in memory of his son, who died young, to console his queen. The

temple opens for visitors only once a year on the day

of Bhaitika during the festival of Tihar.