Heritage activists staged a protest demanding proper restoration of centuries-old Kamal Pokhari located at the heart of the capital city, on Friday.

Activists attempted to break the concrete being used for reconstruction of the pond during the protest while police personnel walked towards them to prevent damage to the concrete.

They struggled with the security personnel to continue their demonstrations.

Due to mismanagement in reconstruction of the heritage pond, fish and water plants have lost their habitat, leading to the discovery of fish carcasses around the dried pond.

Demonstrations are being carried out by the civil society against the use of concrete to restore the pond as opposed to its natural making.

Protesters have criticised the unnatural way government is using to restructure the heritage site of Kamal Pokhari – the literal translation of which is "Lotus Pond".

Photos by photojournalist Skanda Gautam for The Himalayan Times