Kathmandu, February 11
Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli today visited Singh Durbar today and acquired first-hand information on the retrofitting works going on there. He also observed the construction work at Dharahara later today.
PM Oli expressed satisfaction over the progress made in retrofitting of Singh Durbar after visiting the section where the Prime Minister’s Office will be situated. The section is now almost ready to move in.
He also directed to maintain and preserve the archeological artifacts while carrying out the retrofitting works on the western façade of Singh Durbar.
Chief Executive Officer of the National Reconstruction Authority (NRA) Sushil Gyewali briefed the Prime Minister on the progress made on post-earthquake retrofitting and construction of structures like the PM’s office space, waiting room etc. He also shed light on the emergency and fire fighting systems and 24-hour air conditioning system giving fresh air.
The presently retrofitted section of Singh Durbar was reconstructed after the fire in 1973. Retrofitting of the original section of western façade is currently going on.
The retrofitting of Singh Durbar has been carried out to make it excellent structures in terms of security and facilities, according to Shyam Kishor Singh, Project Director of the Central Level Project Implementation Unit (Building) of the NRA.
Later today, PM Oli visited the Dharahara premises and acquired information on its construction, preservation of Sundhara and construction of the mint museum. He instructed to complete the reconstruction soon.
On the occasion, CEO Gyewali said that the Dharahara will have two underground floors for parking, two lifts accommodating 10 persons each and a digital display center of Dharahara on the 18th floor.
Saying that the construction of 21 floors has been completed, CEO Gyewali informed that after the completion of the 22nd floor, the statue of Mahadev and Gajur (a pinnacle) will be installed.
He also informed that historic Sundhara spout will be preserved with regular water supply, a mint museum will be constructed in the vicinity and the remains of the old Dharahara will be preserved within a glass frame in memory of April 2015 earthquake.
Joint Secretary of the NRA Bharat Prasad Aryal shed light on the technical progress of the Dharahara reconstruction. As the underground parking will have space for 400 four wheelers and 700 two wheelers, it will reduce the parking problem in the area, he said.
Deputy Prime Minister Ishwar Pokharel, Minister for Urban Development Krishna Gopal Shrestha, Chief Secretary Shankar Das Bairagi and other dignitaries were presented on both the occasions.