Rs 25 million goes in vain on Ranipokhari reconstruction

A graphic representation of Kathmandu Metropolitan City’s Ranipokhari reconstruction plan

Kathmandu, April 22

As much as Rs 25 million spent for reconstruction of the historic Ranipokhari, destroyed in the 2015 earthquake, went in vain after the dispute emerged among the locals, Department of Archaeology, and Kathmandu Metropolitan City.

Due to the dispute, the structures created so far have to be demolished.

Account officer at the Kathmandu Metropolitan City, Shyam Pande, informed that Rs 116 million was the estimated cost for the reconstruction of historic heritage site while the contract was made for some Rs 70 million.

Worldwide Kandel KN KG JV had begun the reconstruction around two years ago.

But, now, the KMC has decided to reconstruct the pond along with the other structures of the site by removing the modern structures raised so far.

As per the contract, contract company director Arjun Kandel, informed that construction of wall for the first phase was over. “But, it was halted for various reasons,” he added.

Meanwhile, the locals have accused the KMC of misusing the tax they paid.


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