July 11, 2020
The most popular religious celebration of Kathmandu Valley; Rato Machhindranath temple and its construction resumes now. For this, the users’ committee has begun the much-awaited reconstruction of Rato Machhindranath temple in Bungamati of Lalitpur.
The temple was damaged in the 2015 earthquakes. The DoA under the leadership of the National Reconstruction Authority will monitor the technical aspect of the reconstruction. According to Sampat Ghimire, a senior divisional engineer at the DoA, the sign on an agreement with the Department of Archeology was done on June 29. A monitoring committee has been formed under the leadership of the NRA executive member with other members representing LMC office, concerned ward, DoA, Bungamati Area Reconstruction and Development Committee, consultants and experts. As per the agreement, the user’s committee will complete the reconstruction work of the temple by 29 June 2021. The total cost of the construction is Rs 30.08 million. The users’ committee has been provided with four million rupees as an advance to begin the reconstruction work.
Amir Shakya, the chairperson of the users’ committee has said that the reconstruction work began on July 6 after performing rituals function like Kshama Puja as previous. He added the committee members gathered construction material scattered around the temple area and held discussions with artisans and other construction workers. Earlier, the government had given the responsibility of reconstructing the temple to a construction company with financial assistance from the government of Sri Lanka.
The reconstruction work did not begin on time so; the local government representative and the community suggested that the users’ committee reconstruct the temple as soon as possible. The decision to handover the reconstruction of Rato Machhindranath temple was taken at a meeting held at the NRA office in Singha Durbar on 30 December 2019. This exemplary activity of this project is remarkable in Nepali tourism and reconstruction and renovation of heritages that were damaged by earthquake 2015.