Kathmandu, December 30: The National Reconstruction Authority (NRA) has decided to reconstruct the Rato Machhindranath temple of Bungmati in Lalitpur through a users' committee. This decision was made during the meeting of the NRA held today.
Chief Executive Officer of the NRA Sushil Gyewali, Member of Federal Parliament Pampha Bhusal, Member of Provincial Assembly Jeevan Khadka, Mayor of Lalitpur Metropolitan City Chiribabu Maharjan, representative of Department of Archaeology, Ward Chair and others participated in the meeting.
Before this, the reconstruction of Rato Machhindranath Temple had been initiated through a construction company with the financial support from the Sri Lankan government. The contract has now been dismissed after the reconstruction work did not move forward as per the prior plan.
CEO Gyewali informed that since the reconstruction of Rato Machhindranath temple is a special priority of the NRA, it has been decided that its reconstruction will now follow the model of Rani Pokhari, i.e., to reconstruct it through the users' committee.
A committee led by the NRA has also been formed to monitor the reconstruction of the Rato Machhindranath temple.
Parliamentarian Pampha Bhusal expressed that with the reconstruction being carried out through the users' committee, the hope of completing its reconstruction has increased.
Mayor Maharjan emphasized the need of carrying out the reconstruction of the Rato Machhindranath temple with a time-frame and expressed that the Metropolitan City is ready to extend any necessary support.
Similarly, the master plan developed for public infrastructure and heritage reconstruction in Bungmati was also discussed in the meeting.
Federal parliamentarian Bhusal expressed her opinion that it would be appropriate to approve the master plan and to move forward the reconstruction work as per the master plan. She also expressed her commitment to allocate maximum possible budget from the Election Area Infrastructure Fund.
Mayor Maharjan assured that the Metropolitan City will own the master plan and will provide support in reconstruction of some major parts in it.