Kathmandu, July 28: Chief Executive Officer of the National Reconstruction Authority (NRA) Sushil Gyewali has informed that under the Comprehensive Master Plan of Ranipokhari, Khullamanch, and Tundikhel area, construction of a new building for Tri-Chandra College has been proposed at the site where the Office of the Controller of Examinations is located in Jamal.
The NRA has prepared the Master Plan incorporating the aim of showcasing the uniqueness of Kathmandu and promoting open space, including venues ranging from Ranipokhari to Dashrath Stadium. Included in this Plan is the restoration of the old building of Tri-Chandra College located near Ghantaghar in its original form through retrofitting, and construction of a new building for the College on the vacant land behind the clock tower and the land in Jamal.
The NRA has stated that the Detailed Project Report and Engineering design has been concluded for retrofitting of the building near Ghantaghar last year and preparation is underway to invite call for bids after managing Rs. 100 million from the government.
According to Bhagwan Aryal, Under Secretary of the NRA’s Planning and Budget Management Division, a proposal of Rs. 2 billion has been sent to the Indian Exim Bank to construct the College buildings behind Ghantaghar and Jamal.
CEO Gyewali said that the decision to construct a College building in Jamal was taken after a thorough discussion with the Tribhuvan University, Chief of the College, professors and the office bearers of the student union.
The meeting that took place on August 22, 2019 was participated by CEO Gyewali, NRA Secretary Shivahari Sharma, Vice Chancellor of the TU Professor Dr. Tirtharaj Khaniya,Rector, Registrar and Campus Chief of Tri-Chandra College.
Another meeting was held on January 29, 2020 between CEO Gyewali, Secretary Sharma, Vice Chancellor Khaniya, Rector, Registrar and Campus Chief of Tri-Chandra College. The meeting decided to retrofit the building near Ghantaghar and construct a prefab building with 30 rooms to continue learning and teaching during the retrofitting under the aegis of the NRA’s Central Level Project Implementation Unit (Building). It also decided to move ahead with the design work of the building on the land behind Ghantaghar.
During the meeting, when the proposal was presented to the NRA with regards to the construction of the College building on the land of Office of the Controller of Examinations in Jamal, it was agreed that Tribhuvan University and Tri-Chandra College will discuss about it with the Ministry of Science and Technology and that the NRA would arrange the budget.
CEO Gyawali informed that taking into consideration the significance of the National Library, call for bidding was carried out earlier to build the National Library and the National Human Rights Commission in their original space at Harihar Bhawan of Pulchowk and it is in the process of hiring a contractor.
Jhappar Singh Bishwakarma, Deputy Director of the NRA Central Level Project Implementation Unit (Building), has stated that Rs. 650 million have been allocated this fiscal year for the reconstruction at Harihar Bhawan.
A master plan to build the National Library in Harihar Bhawan was prepared three years ago after consulting with the Library. But the Council of Ministers decided to build the Library in Jamal due to the delay in reconstruction with assistance from the Indian Exim Bank.
As the process of building the National Library in Harihar Bhawan has already started, it seems relevant to construct the building of Tri-Chandra College on the land located in Jamal as part of the comprehensive master plan of the area.
“Like this, the National Library will have its spacious infrastructure in Harihar Bhawan and the historic Tri-Chandra College will also have a new building,” said CEO Gyewali. “It cannot be imagined that commercial buildings will be constructed in Jamal.”
Most of the structures of Tri-Chandra College, the oldest college in the country, are in a dilapidated condition. About 10,000 students study in the college at present.
The NRA had prepared a comprehensive Ranipokhari Master Plan in consultation with all the stakeholders. The proposal will be tabled at the next meeting of the NRA Steering Committee.
“We can give a major facelift to the Kathmandu Valley with the implementation of the master plan,” CEO Gyewali further said.