Kathmandu, June 28: The laying of black soil and bricks on the basement of Ranipokhari and construction of the inner wall to hold water has been completed.
These works at the historic pond were carried out by the National Reconstruction Authority (NRA) with active participation of the local users’ committee.
Chairperson of the users’ committee Ajaya Ratna Sthapit said that he would inform the NRA about the completion of the works given to the users’ committee tomorrow.
The users’ committee, which was formed in February 2019, had laid 15 to 18 inches of black soil on the basement of the pond and around the inner wall. With the completion of the basement and inner wall, it can now hold the rainwater.
Though these works were scheduled to be completed within April 25 2020 to mark the fifth anniversary of the April 2015 earthquake, it got delayed due to the lockdown announced by the government to control and minimize the impact of coronavirus disease (Covid-19).
Chief Executive Officer of the NRA Sushil Gyewali has said the NRA would now give preference to filling the historic pond with rainwater, water being collected at adjoining Tri-Chandra College and Durbar High School and, if necessary, will utilize the groundwater sources.
A system has been constructed to bring the water collected on the rooftop of the School, according to Rajuman Manandhar, expert at the NRA. He also said that works on laying pipes to bring collected water from adjoining Tundikhel.
The NRA, if necessary, is also planning to bring Melamchi water to fill the pond when the project begins supplying water.
In the initial phase of basement construction, artisans of Bhaktapur were mobilized while artisans from Kathmandu also participated after the former transferred the necessary skills to them.
The works are currently going on to construct the Balgopaleswar Temple in the middle of the pond, the bridge to the temple and the beautification of the surroundings of the pond. The CA/Tulsi Construction JV is carrying out the construction.
Spokesperson of the NRA Gopal Aryal said that 85 percent of the contractor’s work has been completed. “We are facilitating all possible assistance to the contractor to complete the construction as soon as possible.”