Kathmandu, February 15: Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli inaugurated the newly-retrofitted Singh Durbar today. Along with the inauguration, the Office of the Prime Minister and the Council of Ministers started to operate from the main building of this historic administrative center.
The three facades – northern, southern and eastern – of Singh Durbar have been retrofitted by the National Reconstruction Authority (NRA) while the retrofitting of the western façade is going on at present.
While addressing the inauguration function and a press meet on the main achievements of the government’s three years, PM Oli praised the works carried out by the NRA and thanked the latter for bringing the administrative center in operation.
Shedding light on the latest figures of progress made on the reconstruction of private housing, educational and health institutions, archaeological heritage sites and public and security sector buildings, PM Oli said the reconstruction of Dharahara will be complete within this fiscal year. He also said that the retrofitting works of the western façade of Singh Durbar, reconstruction of Basantapur Durbar area and retrofitting of Babarmahal and Kesharmahal have reached a final stage.
The Office of the PM and the Council of Ministers has been resurrected according to its structures along with work spaces and meetings spaces of international standards. It now has emergency and fire fighting systems and 24-hour air conditioning system giving fresh air.
This part of Singh Durbar was destroyed in fire in 1973 and was reconstructed in 1980 in its original structure by using new technology and modern construction material.
These facades of Singh Durbar have been retrofitted at the cost of Rs. 870 million, excluding VAT. The Sharma New Technical JV carried out the first phase of works and Sharma Microtech New Technical JV took the responsibility for the second phase.
The western façade or the front face of Singh Durbar is being retrofitted with old technology and traditional construction material. About 50 percent of work has completed in this part which began on October 14, 2019. The Sharma Gauri Parbati New Technical JV is carrying out this work at the cost of Rs. 468.8 million, excluding VAT.