Historical Rana regime building to be pulled down

Hetuada, July 4

A historical building constructed in Makawanpur’s old headquarters Bhimphedi during the regime of the Rana Prime Minister Chandra Shumsher is set to be demolished.

The two-storey building with ten rooms is set to be pulled down after the deadly April earthquake last year damaged the building, which now poses a great risk.

Built in 1929 with the directive of Rana Prime Minister Chandra Shumsher, the building currently houses Mahendra Higher Secondary School.

Makawanpur DEO Ambika Prasad Acharya said that a plan was afoot to demolish the building and construct a new building for the school at the same place. “The earthquake has made the building unstable.

There is no choice but to pull it down for everyone’s safety,” Acharya said. Acharya informed that an agreement had been reached with the Japanese International Cooperation Agency (JICA) to demolish the old building and construct a new one within six months of the next fiscal.

As many as 12 rooms in six blocks have been prepared to run classes at Simaltar Chaur of Bhimphedi for the time being.

A monitoring team had put up a red sticker on the building in the wake of the deadly earthquake. Head Teacher Ramji Yadav said that they were forced to operate classes from the same building for want of an alternative.

The building spread in one bigha and seven kathha land had developed many cracks during to the tremor.