Rebuilding, renovation of heritage monuments, temples expedited

Kathmandu, November 28

Reconstruction, renovation and retrofitting of heritage monuments and temples damaged in the April 25 earthquakes has been expedited.

According to Department of Archaeology, a total of 753 temples and monasteries across the country were damaged in the earthquakes. The earthquakes damaged 241 temples in Kathmandu, 73 in Bhaktapur and 130 in Patan.

Director General of Department of Archaeology Bhesh Narayan Dahal said that of the damaged temples, 83 temples were already reconstructed and 56 were under construction as part of a multi-year plan.

He said the department had announced tenders for the renovation of monuments and temples that remained to be reconstructed or renovated. Dahal added that renovation of Changunarayan temple has been completed at the cost of Rs 30 million. He added that the reconstruction of Taleju temple had also been completed.

Similarly, renovation of Nautale Darbar at Hanumandhoka is under way with support from the Chinese government, while 90 per cent renovation of Swoyambhu-based Anantapur temple has also been completed.

The Sri Lankan government has been carrying out reconstruction work of Rato Machhindranath temple.