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60% Reconstruction Process of Kasthamandap

60% Reconstruction Process of Kasthamandap
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60% Reconstruction Process of Kasthamandap
60% Reconstruction Process of Kasthamandap

Kathmandu – Although the reconstruction of the Kasthamandap at Basantapur in Kathmandu, which was completely damaged by the earthquake on May 26, 2015, was started late, the construction work has now gained speed. About 60 percent of the work has been completed at a cost of Rs 70 million, according to the Kasthamandap Reconstruction Committee.

The Consumers Committee is working for the reconstruction of the Kasthamandap which was completely damaged by the earthquake on May 26, 2015. Reconstruction work had not started for three years due to controversy. However, the reconstruction work has gained its speed after the Kathmandu Metropolitan City adopted the 1,500-year-old basic technology and incorporated indigenous skills, capital, technology and labor within the policy and program of 2074/07.

Rajesh Shakya, Chairman of the Kasthamandap Reconstruction Committee and an MP from Bagmati Pradesh, said that the reconstruction work was about 60 percent complete. He said that it is estimated that 60 percent of the work has been completed as the work on the first floor of the Kasthamandap has been completed and the work on the second floor is underway.

He also claimed that the reconstruction work would be completed within the estimated cost of Rs. 198.8 million by the Department of Archeology. So far, the Kathmandu Metropolitan City has received about Rs. 105 million from grants and about Rs. 70 million has been spent. Shakya said that the construction work was not stopped even during the lockdown period as the policy and program of the Kathmandu Metropolitan City aims to be completed within three years.

According to him, the work of other properties within the Basantapur Durbar area is also being done in a systematic manner. Attempts have been made to make all the heritages earthquake-resistant using the technology of 1500 years ago. All the pillars and stones required for the reconstruction of the Kasthamandap have been prepared and managed. 96 pillars have been used on the first floor. There is no obstruction from the locals as the consumer committee is carrying out the reconstruction work. Shakya claims that the construction will be completed within the stipulated time period if the work is done at the current pace.

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