Kathmandu, March 11: Reconstruction of Dharmashala, a resting place, at the Budhanilkantha temple premises here has begun.
Chief Executive Officer of the National Reconstruction Authority (NRA) Sushil Gyewali laid the foundation stone for the reconstruction of the Dharmashala amidst a function today which was also attended by Namgya C Khampa, Deputy Chief of Mission at the Indian Embassy.
Those attending the foundation laying ceremony were Swami Nigamananda, Mathadhish of the Temple, Laxman Khadka, Chairman of Budhanilkantha Management Committee, Mani Ram Gelal, Secretary of the NRA, Tek Narayan Pandey, Secretary at the Ministry of Land Reform, and Uddhav Prasad Kharel, Mayor of Budhanilkantha Municipality, among others.
Balkot RR JV is constructing the Dharmashala at the cost of Rs. 33.41 million within 18 months. The reconstruction of the Dharmashala is the third of 28 heritage conservation and restoration projects being undertaken with a reconstruction commitment of Rs. 5.80 billion by the Government of India for the restoration of cultural heritage sector.
A Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) for restoration and reconstruction of the 28 sites was signed in August 2017. The Central Level Project Implementation Unit (Building) of the NRA is the implementing agency for the projects.