Kathmandu, March 11
A total budget of Rs. 12 million has been allocated for the study of heritage sites damaged by the earthquake and a total of Rs. 300 million has been allocated for their reconstruction.
A budget of Rs. 2 million each has been allocated for the study of the 6 heritage sites including three in the Kathmandu Valley and three outside the Valley, and Rs. 50 million each has been allocated for this fiscal year for the reconstruction of each of these settlements.
Project Director of the NRA’s Central Level Project Implementation Unit (Buildings) Nabaraj Pyakurel informed that budget has been allocated for the reconstruction of monuments, rest houses, water fountains and other structures in traditional settlements of Khokana (Lalitpur), Bungmati (Lalitput) and Sankhu (Kathmandu) in the Kathmandu Valley.
According to him, Nuwakot's seven-story Durbar Square, Gorkha Durbar Square in Gorkha and Dolakha bazaar in Dolakha have also been covered in this program. “Budget will be spent for the reconstruction of traditional monuments, water fountains and other infrastructures in these heritage settlements,” Pyakurel said. “This will not only preserve our unique heritage but will also help in livelihood by promoting domestic and external tourism.”
Likewise, a separate budget of the same size has been allocated for the study and development of seven world heritage sites destroyed by the earthquake.
Under this program, Rs. 2 million will be allocated for the study of each site and Rs. 50 million will be mobilized within this fiscal year for the development.
Pashupati area, Chagunarayan temple area, Swambhunath area and Bauddha Stupa area will be developed. Likewise, Durbar squares of all three districts within the Kathmandu Valley will also be protected and promoted.