KATHMADNU: Reconstruction and maintenance work on 224 of the 753 temples damaged in the 2015 earthquake have completed by mid-April 2019.
April 25 marks the four-year of the devastating Gorkha Earthquake that had damaged 753 temples, shrines, monasteries and inn houses across the country.
Reconstruction of all temples, shrines and monasteries will complete in next two years, according to the Department of Archeology (DoA).
The earthquake had damaged 215 temples and shrines in Kathmandu, 73 in Bhaktapur and 130 in Patan.
Of all the temples damaged in the earthquake, reconstruction and repairing of 224 temples have completed and rebuilding process is going on in 21 temples in 14 districts, hit hard by the earthquake.
The latest record of the Planning Division of Department of Archeology shows that 28 per cent of the destroyed temples has already been rebuilt or repaired whereas rebuilding process is going on for 30 per cent temples. But 42 per cent temples and shrines are still awaiting construction.
The DoA claimed that 50 per cent rebuilding works in 14 districts have completed.
The DoA has planned to complete 50 per cent rebuilding work in the fiscal year of 2075/76 B.S and 75 per cent works will be completed in the fiscal year of 2076/77. It has planned to complete the reconstruction of all the damaged temples in 2078 B.S.
The department has allocated Rs. 3.23 billion to rebuild and repair the damaged heritage sites.
In Bhaktapur, rebuilding works on nine temples had completed inside the World Heritage Site (WHS) whereas reconstruction of 19 temples is still going on.
Altogether 21 temples in the WHS were damaged in Bhaktapur and eight in the Changu Narayan temple premises. Now, rebuilding process of three temples is going on in Bhaktapur’s WHS and Changu Narayan temple premises, according to the Planning Division of the DoA.
In Kathmandu district, 215 temples were damaged by the earthquake. Of them, 29 were destroyed in Hanumandhoka Durbar Square alone, 18 at Swoyambhunath and 66 at the Pashupati area.
Of the total damaged temples in Kathmandu, rebuilding and repairing works on 61 temples have completed.
The records of the Planning Division of the DOA show that of the 29 damaged temples in the Hanumandhoka Durbar Square reconstruction of 14 temples had completed.
Likewise, reconstruction of 15 of the 18 damaged temples in Swoyambhunath had completed and in Pasupatinath reconstruction of 20 of the 66 damaged temples completed.
In Patan, reconstruction of 12 of the 130 damaged temples completed. The reconstruction work going on in 75 temples will complete by end of this fiscal year, DoA said.
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