A Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) was signed on 15th June between the Embassy of Bharat, Nepal’s Ministry of Federal Affairs and General Administration and the Kathmandu Metropolitan City for the construction of a sanitation facility within the Pashupatinath area temple complex, a UNESCO world heritage site since 1979. The project will be funded under ‘Nepal-Bharat Maitri: Development Partnership’ as a High Impact Community Development Project (HICDP) by Government of Bharat.
The project proposal was forwarded by the Pashupati Area Development Trust (PADT) to the Embassy in October 2019. Under the project, Bharat will extend a financial assistance of NRs 37.23 million for construction of sanitation facilities for use by pilgirms and tourists to the Pashupatinath Temple. The project will be implemented by Kathmandu Metropolitan City (KMC) in accordance with the norms laid out by Government of Nepal (GoN). As per the understanding, KMC will identify a suitable contractor through a tender process for completing the construction work in 15 months from the award of work.
Pashupatinath temple of Kathmandu is the largest temple complex in Nepal and stretches on both sides of the Bagmati River, and sees thousands of worshippers every day. The sanitation project which was agreed to by both governments will complement the efforts of Government of Nepal for upgradation of public utilities in Pashupatinath temple complex.
-By Randhir Chaudhary
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