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Prime Minister Oli inaugurates Dharahara

Kathmandu, April 24: Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli inaugurated the newly-reconstructed 22-story Dharahara amidst a function organized at the Dharahara premises today.

The newly-built Dharahara will never fall down, PM Oli said after inaugurating it. “From now on, Dharahara will not fall down. We have ensured that. It fell down in 2015 last time. We are sensitive on the damages it had caused.”

Expressing happiness over the reconstruction of Dharahara with his concept, PM Oli said that he had given a concept to conserve the remains of old Dharahara and build new structures, including a parking area. “I would like to thank the designers, including the Department of Archaeology for considering my concept,” he said.

The structure is strong and is an amalgam of history and modernization, he further said. He also thanked all those who contributed in rebuilding the tower, including many Nepalis living abroad.

Chief Executive Officer of the National Reconstruction Authority (NRA) Sushil Gyewali that the resurrection of historic Dharahara has boosted confidence of Nepalis. Highlighting the NRA’s progress on the reconstruction of private houses, CEO Gyewali informed that the post-earthquake reconstruction is now reaching a final stage of completion.

Deputy Prime Minister Ishwar Pokharel, ministers, Mayor of Kathmandu Metropolitan City Bidhya Sundar Shakya, parliamentarians, Chief Secretary Shankar Das Bairagi, Chief of Nepal Army Purna Chandra Thapa, among others were present on the occasion.

Secretary of the NRA Maniram Gelal had delivered a welcome speech at the function.


Main features of Dharahara

  • Though it is 11-story from outside, Dharahara is altogether 25-story, including two underground floors and one above the ground steps.
  • It is 83.85 meters tall, including Gajur (a pinnacle) while it is 92.25 including the underground floors.
  • There will be two lifts with the capacity of 10 persons each. This will help old people and differently-able reach on top. There will be iron stairs as well.
  • There is 2.5 meter wide observation deck on the 20th floor.
  • Shiva linga of old Dharahara has been installed on the 22nd floor.
  • Electric escalators will be installed underground the tower.


Mean features of Dharahara area

  • Dharahara tower, including two floors underground
  • Three floors of parking area
  • Four story earthquake and mint museum, including one semi-underground floor
  • Utility block with food court
  • Rest place with beautiful garden and musical fountain
  • Conserved remains of historic old Dharahara named Bhimsen Stambha
  • Conserved historic Sundhara (traditional water spout) with 24-hour running water
  • Attractive sky bridge to connect Dharahara and museum  ​​​​​​​

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