Nepal | August 05, 2020

35 years on, large projects yet to be implemented

• Lumbini Development Master Plan

Himalayan News Service
Share Now:

Lumbini, February 22

Thirty-five years have passed since Lumbini Development Master Plan was designed, but work on large projects under the master plan has yet to start.

The master plan was prepared by a Japanese architect in 1978 with the aim of implementing it in 25 years. The failure of the Lumbini Development Fund to implement the master plan has drawn widespread criticism.

As per the plan, construction of six domes, sewer system, high school, Telar River diversion, auditorium hall and work related to electrification, water supply and telecommunication are yet to take place.

According to the LDF officials, it has so far spent six billion rupees for developing infrastructures as envisioned by the master plan and the same amount is needed to complete the remaining projects. The master plan area covers 1,155 bigaha land.

LDF Acting Member Secretary and Engineer  Saroj Bhattarai said that fund was preparing to issue global tender for  implementation of large projects under the master plan. Fund’s  vice-chair Abadhes Kumar Tripathi said that they were preparing to issue  global tender with an aim to finish the work in three years.

Lumbini is expected to attract a whopping number of tourists every year once the master plan is implemented. As per the data with the fund, some 1.7 million tourists visited the birthplace of Lord Buddha in 2018.


A version of this article appears in print on February 23, 2019 of The Himalayan Times.

Follow The Himalayan Times on Twitter and Facebook

Recommended Stories:

More from The Himalayan Times:

Sushil Bhatta appointed IBN CEO

KATHMANDU: Sushil Bhatta, a member of the National Planning Commission, has been appointed as the chief executive officer of Investment Board Nepal (IBN). The Cabinet meeting on Monday decided to appoint Bhatta to IBN’s top post which was vacant since then CEO Maha Prasad Adhikari was appointed Read More...

Pakistan must hit the ground running against England: Misbah

Pakistan will have to hit the ground running if they are to have any chance against England in their three-test series which starts on Wednesday, coach Misbah-ul-Haq said. Six months since their last test match, Pakistan go into the games at bio-secure venues in Manchester and Southampton aga Read More...

MoHP lists swab collection centres in Kathmandu; urges public to follow safety guidelines

KATHMANDU: The Ministry of Health and Population on Tuesday announced 14 swab collection centres to facilitate extensive testing of coronavirus infection in Kathmandu valley at a time when new cases have been on the rise. MoHP has urged the public to visit the swab collection centres from 9:00 am Read More...

Gai Jatra: Festival that honours the memory of those departed

KATHMANDU: Gai Jatra, literally translated to the festival of cows, is observed by bereaved families by taking out procession in memory of the ones they have lost. People, especially children, walk in different costumes, and the processions are also accompanied by traditional bands. Gai Jatra is Read More...

A woman carrying an umbrella crosses a flooded street as it rains in Mumbai

Heavy rain batters India's Mumbai disrupting rail and road traffic

MUMBAI: Authorities in the Indian city of Mumbai issued a red alert on Tuesday and warned people not to venture out after heavy overnight rain in the financial hub brought flooding and travel chaos. Some suburbs have seen more than 300 mm of rain in the 24 hours to Tuesday morning and more heavy Read More...

Nepal’s COVID-19 count crosses the 21k mark, 259 new cases detected on Tuesday

KATHMANDU: The Ministry of Health and Population has recorded 259 new cases of the coronavirus infection on Tuesday, taking the nationwide count to 21,009. The new infections were confirmed after testing 7,687 specimens through PCR method across the nation in the last 24 hours. Among the new c Read More...

Nepal COVID-19 Update: 259 new cases, 65 recoveries, one fatality recorded today

KATHMANDU: Nepal’s Health Ministry, in its regular press briefing, shared the latest updates on coronavirus contagion from across the country, and government’s response to the health crisis. As of today, 406,494 tests through Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) method have been carried out, w Read More...