The National Reconstruction Authority (NRA) handed over the ownership of Ranipokhari to the Kathmandu Metropolitan City (KMC) after its reconstruction.
Chief Executive Officer of the NRA Sushil Gyewali handed over the related documents to Mayor of KMC Bidhya Sundar Shakya amidst a function organized on December 23 at the Ranipokhari premises.
The first phase of reconstruction of Ranipokhari has completed under the leadership of the NRA. The Balgopaleswar Temple in the middle of Ranipokhari has been rebuilt in Granthakut style of King Pratap Malla era some 400 years ago. The temple that was destroyed in the April 25, 2015 earthquake was in Gumbaz style.
The NRA was entrusted with the responsibility of reviving the historic pond upon request from the then Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli after various sectors got embroiled in controversy on how to resurrect the Kathmandu monument.
After many rounds of discussions and consultations with culture experts, the NRA established a study group led by an expert which suggested building the temple in Malla-era style.
The first phase of reconstruction that started on March 24, 2019 concluded on August 16, 2020.
The reconstruction of Ranipokhari was carried out with the assistance of traditional artisans from Bhaktapur who laid Kalimati, black soil, on the bed of the pond. Other parts of the pond and temple too have been rebuilt using traditional construction material like Chuna, Surkhi, sand, wood and different types of bricks like Ma Appa and Dachi Appa.
The reconstruction has only been centered on giving new lease of life to the historic pond and rebuilding the temple in the middle of it. However, works are still remaining on the reconstruction of various other aspects of Ranipokhari.
The NRA has also prepared a detailed report on building a Greater Tundikhel, including Ranipokhari and other adjoining areas from Jamal to Dashrath Rangshala, the stadium.