Gorkha: Eight percent of work on the earthquake memorial park being constructed in Barpak, the epicenter of 2015 earthquake, has completed. This memorial park is being built in memory of those who lost their lives in the devastation earthquake of April 25, 2015.
Work on the Mandala to be installed on the memorial pillar or column has reached a final stage, according to Kedar Thapa, engineer at the District Level Project Implementation Unit (Building) of the National Reconstruction Authority (NRA).
“The structure is ready, now the installation of chips on the Mandala and painting are remaining,” Thapa said. The 400-meter long access road leading up to the park is yet to be black-topped.
Swachchhanda/Home Nirman JV is the contractor for the park construction and it has aimed to complete the construction within Mangsir (December 15). It had signed the contract agreement on November 30, 2017. Though the actual contract period was for 30 months, the deadline has been extended twice as it could not complete its work which the contractor has claimed the delay due to Covid pandemic and geographical remoteness.
“The work has been hampered due to monsoon season as it has blocked the road,” Thapa said, adding, “And the work cannot be done in winters, as it gets too cold.”
The ‘memorial pillar’ in the middle of the park will be the main attraction. The plan is to build various structures like memorial pillar and garden in 216 ropanis of the government-owned land.
There will be 14 separate columns at the memorial pillar in memory of those killed in 14 most-affected districts. “All the columns will have globe on top,” Thapa said. “We are planning to write names of all those who have lost their lives in the earthquake.” He said that the names will be collected through all the district administration offices.
The memorial park will have two toilets, a canteen, parking space, garden etc. It will cost Rs. 130.715 million as per the contract agreement.
It is believed that the memorial park will help development Barpak as a tourist place and locals expect to welcome more tourists to the epicenter of the earthquake.
The number of tourists visiting Barpak has increased after the 2015 earthquake. “There will be more tourists coming in if we complete the park soon,” said local Min Bahadur Gurung. “We need to complete the park soon to attract tourists.”
Locals said that the work needs to speed up as the main structure has taken a shape.
By Hariram Upreti in Kantipur – September 12, 2021