Kathmandu, May 24: The reconstruction of historic Durbar High School in the heart of the capital is almost over. The school was badly damaged in the April 2015 earthquake.
The reconstruction of the 162-year-old school in front of Ranipokhari is being done with the financial support from the Chinese government.
“The reconstruction of the school building will be completed in nine months time," said Hou Yanqi, the Chinese ambassador to Nepal. "The students then will be able to attend classes in a safe environment.”
Ambassador Yanqi, who was speaking at a function at the school premises today, vowed to continue to assist in the economic and social development of Nepal.
Chief Executive Officer of the National Reconstruction Authority Sushil Gyewali expressed gratitude to the Chinese construction company, Shanghai Construction Group, for completing the project on time.
Principal of the school Hemchandra Mahato said that more students will be attracted to join the school once the reconstruction is completed. Since the earthquake, the school has been running classes at Balmiki Campus, Exhibition Road.
The total cost of the school rebuilding project is estimated at Rs. 800 million, according to Im Narayan Shrestha, Director of the NRA's Central Level Project Implementation Unit (Education).
The new four-storey school building will have 45 rooms. The new building will also have a computer lab, a library, a drawing room, an auditorium and a dining hall.