After 5+ years, Ranipokhari is full of water, and life, again

Water has been filled into the reconstructed Ranipokhari, in Kathmandu, on Saturday, September 19, 2020.

Kathmandu, September 20

The reconstruction of Ranipokhari, a historic pond at the centre of Kathmandu badly damaged by the 2015 Gorkha earthquake, has been complete.

Water has been refilled in the pond on Saturday. With this, the monument has got its life back.

Ramaju Man Manandhar, an engineer at National Reconstruction Authority, says by Saturday, around 27 million litres of water have been poured into the pond. This amount will rise to 30 million litres by Sunday evening, and the pond will be full.

The reconstruction was halted several times due to various controversies including the design of the pond itself, and lately, due to the lockdown imposed to control the coronavirus crisis. Consequently, the pond had already turned into a neglected playground.

Meanwhile, the reconstruction of Balgopaleshwar temple at the centre of the pond is also soon to be complete as its pinnacle is being added to the temple soon.

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