Panauti to be enlisted in UNESCO World Heritage Sites list

22nd Dec, 2020 | Tourism Mail Crew

KATHMANDU, Dec 22: The historical, religious-cultural and archeological city of Panauti will be enlisted in the World Heritage List. It has been said that the work of listing Kavrepalanchok's Panauti as a World Heritage Site, proposed by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) 25 years ago, has gained momentum this year.

The final process of listing is awaiting the decision of the Council of Ministers in Nepal. After the listing of Panauti as a World Heritage Site was started last year, UNESCO's Nepal Chief Christian Manhart recently observed the historical, religious and archeological heritage of Panauti.

During the visit, Manhart informed the local people's representative that UNESCO was ready to list the monastery and the house with old Nepali origin in the World Heritage List with special interest. The city had also allocated budget for the process.
"We are preparing to be listed this year. The work has been taken forward by allocating budget for it in the current fiscal year," said Mayor Bhim Neupane.

According to him, the city has allocated Rs. 10 million in the current fiscal year to get it listed in the World Heritage List. Neupane informed that a decision is yet to be taken by the cabinet meeting after the ministry-wise process of listing has been taken to the final stage. He said, "After the decision of the cabinet meeting, UNESCO will list Panauti as a World Heritage Site."

The local RP Foundation has already handed over the detailed study report (DPR) of 72 original Nepali houses to be rebuilt by the local RP Foundation in the process of listing. The government has declared Panauti as a 'memorial area' in 2058 BS as per the Ancient Monuments Preservation Act, 2031 BS. UNESCO's Nepal-based body had proposed to list Panauti as a World Heritage Site in 2052 BS as a medieval architectural site. Mayor Neupane said that the work of the listed has been in confusion since then due to the negligence of the stakeholders. The Department of Archeology is currently rebuilding the historic monastery and old artistic style house in Panauti.

Nepal has so far proposed to UNESCO to list 15 historical and tourist sites including Panauti in the World Heritage List. Of these, Panauti is seen to be the first in the list.