Reconstructed Kasthamandap to be inaugurated in a few days

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Kasthamandap in its last stage of reconstruction. Photo: Chandra Bahadur Ale

Kathmandu, November 22

The rebuilding of the Kasthamandap, one of the significant monuments in the world heritage site of Hanumandhoka Durbar Square, has neared the final phase.

The major works have been completed and it will take a few more days to conclude the rebuilding process, according to the Kasthamandap Reconstruction Committee.

The Kathmandu metropolitan city has invested Rs 115 million for the post-earthquake reconstruction project, says Committee Chair Rajesh Shakya.

The Department of Archaeology had estimated the rebuilding project would cost Rs 198 million and the participation of the community in the construction works reduced the cost by Rs 83 million.

The historic wooden structure was flattened by the 2015 major earthquake and the reconstruction campaign had kicked off on November 8, 2018.

As said by the Committee Secretary Gautam Dangol, long-lasting timber (that may last up to 2,000 years) has been used for the reconstructions and they were gathered from Bara, Parsa, Rautahat, Mahottari and Kanchanpur districts.

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