Heritage of Hanumandhoka being reconstructed by different institutions

8th Jan, 2018 | Tourism Mail Crew

KATHMANDU, Jan 08: The heritages in Hanumandhoka are being renovated in four different designs.

The Department of Archaeology, Hanumandhoka Durbar Museum Development Committee along with China, America and Kathmandu Valley Preservation Trust are renovating the Basantapur Durbar Square in four different designs. According to the archaeological engineer of the department Mr. Gopal Jhaka, the department and the committee have not been able to make a shortlist for the work and the work will done by a private contractor selected from the open competition.

Jhaka said, “The contractor can be of any type in such a situation. The US embassy, ​​China and the Trust have three different models but the quality of work seems to be standard quality and guaranteed. Instead, our fourth modality can be weaker than them.” The department has restored Trilokya Mohan temple near the Kumari house at 35 million rupees and Vanshagopal Temple at 5 million rupees. Similarly, the Department has renovated the lower roof of Taleju Temple and the committee has restored the upper and middle roof of Taleju temple.

According to the department’s surveillance, the Chinese government has built four towers which includes Nautalley, Kirtipur, Basantapur and Lalitpur. China is constructing without the contractual process. According to the committee chief, Aruna Kakkar, China has been using the wage process for restoration since three months. She informed that there was a restoration of Nautalley Durbar during the regime of Prithvi Narayan Shah after an earthquake similar to that of 2015. The earthquake of 1990 destroyed the top three floors of the Nautalley Durbar. China has not yet declared the actual restoration budget. Kakkar added that China has aimed to complete the construction within five years but it seems like they will complete it within four years.

The US embassy is restoring the “Gaddhi Baithak” and it is working through Miyamoto International. According to the engineer of Miyamoto International Nepal, Mr Bibek Pradhan three contractors were selected after short listing. Depending on the work experience and the rate of retention, one contractor was selected which is resulting in standard and efficient work progress. The “Gaddhi Baithak” that is being restored with the total budget of 70 million rupees from the American Ambassador Fund needs about 20 million for documents and consultation regarding its restoration.

According to the project manager of Kathmandu Valley Preservation Trust, Mr. Raju Rokka, even the trust doesn’t need to follow the contractual process. He said that it would be easy to work in the Patan Durbar as he has his own lab, carpenters and skilled manpower inside Patan Durbar. The trust, which has been rebuilding monasteries and temples inside Kathmandu Valley since 1991, has completed the renovation of Mahadev Temple, Laxmi Narayan Temple, Kageshwar and Saraswati Temple in Kathmandu after the earthquake for about 20 million. Although the Kathmandu Metropolitan City has the responsibility of restoring the Kasthamandap Temple, the rebuilding work has not yet begun.

Transparency International Nepal is monitoring the reconstruction of the heritage within Kathmandu Valley. Representative of the Transparency Program, Vinod Bhattarai said doubts will arise on the quality of renovation even though there’s millions of invested in it. He said, "What criteria has the government set for quality control? We will be monitoring whether the heritages are being renovated according to the archaeological methods and ancient monument protection law or not.”