Out from Attention of Government, Nuwakot Durbar awaits reconstruction
1st Feb, 2017 | Tourism Mail Crew
NUWAKOT, Feb 1: One of the historic seven-storey palace of Nuwakot is awaiting renovation. The historic and monumental palace of the country, Nuwakor Durbar is partially damaged by the major earthquake of 2015.
The palace which had historic resemblance was unaffected by the quake of 1990 B.S but now it is standing on own self whereas the other monument site are temporarily retrofitted or given the log support.
The government of China who has committed for the help in reconstruction of the Palace hasn’t started the task of reconstruction. The Government of China have made the commitment some 15 months ago.
“Even when China declared that it would reconstruct the palace, no works started yet. This is a huge disappointment,” said Puskar Sharma Rimal, coordinator of Nuwakot Palace Area Conservation Committee. “The attention of our own country's Department of Archaeology (DoA) has not reached this palace in the first place,” he added.
The palace's deteriorating state has significantly contributed to the decrease in number of domestic and foreign tourists of late. Still, the number of tourists visiting the palace reaches hundreds per day. However, they fear to go near to the palace in fear that the weakened palace may collapse anytime.
“Although the palace seems like it is in good shape from outside, the condition is much worse inside. Every corner of the palace museum has cracks on all sides. In some places, the bricks have fallen, making the structure very prone to collapse,” said Rimal.
Bricks are still falling off the palace. Not just the inner parts of the palace, many structures outside the palace have already fallen. The DoA has attributed the delay in reconstruction to the failure in getting enough budget.
The Nuwakot Palace, which was built by King Prithivi Narayan Shah, is 253 years old. Hence, the palace is not just an identity of the district, but is a symbol of the unification of the whole nation. It makes the palace a great attraction for tourists.
“If anyone wants to study or understand the history of Nepal, Nuwakot Palace is like an open history book. Despite its massive importance, the concerned authorities have not shown any interest to renovate it, which saddens us greatly,” said litterateur and cultural expert Shreee Ram Shrestha.