Minister of Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation Prem Bahadur Ale has directed Narayanhiti Durbar Museum and Republic Monument Management and Operation Development Committee to stop the construction of a restaurant on the premises of Narayanhiti Durbar Museum.

Minister Ale summoned Executive Director of Durbar Museum Bhesnarayan Dahal to the ministry today and gave verbal instructions to stop the construction work of the restaurant immediately. According to Executive Director Dahal, the Narayanhiti Durbar Committee has written a letter to B Management Pvt Ltd following the directive of Minister Ale.

The committee had signed an agreement with Batas Company to run restaurant business on 10 ropani land of the museum. There was widespread criticism after the report that a restaurant was being built inside the Narayanhiti Durbar Museum, an archaeological site.

A version of this article appears in the print on January 5, 2022, of The Himalayan Times.