Prime Minister Sher Bahadur Deuba, who is on a three-day official visit to India, laid the foundation stone of an old-age home on the premises of Pashupatinath temple at Lalitaghat of Varanasi, a holy city, today.

On the occasion, PM Deuba also performed 'bhumi puja' for construction of the old-age home.

Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh, India, Yogi Adityanath was also present on the occasion.

The Government of Nepal has allotted Rs 10 million for the old-age home. However, the contract for construction of the facility is yet to be issued.

The old-age home is for accommodation of people coming to Varanasi for pilgrimage.

The old-age home will have 35 rooms and will be built according to Nepali architectural style. The Department of Archaeology is said to be preparing a sketch of the building.

Meanwhile, Chief Minister Adityanath hosted a luncheon in honour of PM Deuba today.

Before this, they exchanged views on various matters of mutual interest and concern.

A version of this article appears in the print on April 4, 2022, of The Himalayan Times.