House panel for demolishing quake-hit Parliament building

A meeting of the Development and Technology Committee in Parliament

Kathmandu, January 14

The Development and Technology Committee in Parliament has directed the government to demolish a building inside Singhadarbar that was being used as the Parliament building before 2006.

The building is severely damaged by the 2015 earthquake. However, the government has not demolished it yet owing to an objection of the Department of Archaeology.

The committee consulted stakeholders including the department, the National Reconstruction Authority and the Ministry of Urban Development about the fate of the building today. During the meeting also, officials of the authority and the ministry said the building should be demolished whereas the department officials said it should be retained in the current form.

But, the committee decided to demolish it and build a new building there. “How much can we use by preserving it? I don’t think it can be kept as it is,” the committee’s chair Kalyani Khadka says.

Published on January 14th, Tuesday, 2020 1:15 PM

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