82 per cent work under Lumbini Master Plan completed

File: Maya Devi Temple in Lumbini is one of the most popular destinations for tourists in Province 5.

Rupandehi, May 17

Eighty two per cent works have been completed under the Lumbini Master Plan formulated to ensure systematic development of the Buddha’s birthplace.

The master plan was prepared by Japanese architect Kenzo Tange in 1970s as requested by UNESCO.

The Lumbini Development Trust aims to complete all the works included in the master plan within the next three years.

The master plan has envisaged developing 1,155 bighas area around Lumbini into a holy and attractive pilgrimage site for the people of all religious beliefs around the world.

Accordingly, three square mile area in Lumbini has been divided into three zones – the garden area, the international monastic zone and the New Lumbini Village.

The master plan has given high importance to the holy garden area as it is the place where Gautam Buddha took his first steps as a toddler. The LDT claims Lumbini would be a piece of heaven on Earth after all works as specified in the master plan are executed and completed.

For this, the LDT is preparing to call for international bids for the project worth around Rs 6 billion with the goal of carrying out the remaining works of the master plan in one go. LDT officiating member secretary Saroj Bhattarai says the process has been started for selection of international consultants to prepare the plan, design and determine the estimated cost before calling for bids.


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