Three contract agreements for reconstruction and restoration of the Government of India- funded Cultural Heritage projects were signed by National Reconstruction Authority and contractors today.

The three cultural heritage projects include Chiri Ghyang Gumba, Tarkey Ghyang Gumba and Melamchi Ghyang Gumba of Sindhupalchowk.

The signing event was witnessed by former state minister of Finance Larkel Lama, member of Provincial Assembly Nima Lama, Second Secretary of Development Partnership and Reconstruction Wing of the Indian Embassy, Project Director of Cultural Projects of NRA, chair of respective Gumbas, GoI Project Consultant INTACH and stakeholders.

According to the Indian Embassy, the three projects are part of 28 cultural heritage projects being taken up by the Government of India for post-earthquake conservation and restoration under a Memorandum of Understanding signed with the Government of Nepal.

The projects are being implemented under US $50 million grant assistance committed by the Government of India for post-earthquake reconstruction of the Cultural Heritage sites across eight districts of Nepal.

The three gumbas will also function as learning centres for Sherpa and Tamang communities, mostly Hyolmo people residing in Sindhupalchowk district, and they will also help promote tourism in Sindhupalchowk.

A version of this article appears in the print on March 31, 2021, of The Himalayan Times.