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PM: It feels like climbing Eiffel Tower while ascending Dharahara


Nepalnews
2021 Apr 24, 17:45, Kathmandu
Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli among others attend programme organised to inaugurate the reconstructed Dharahara in Sundhara, Kathmandu, on Saturday, April 24, 2021. Photo: RSS

Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli has said he is happy to see the reconstruction of the historical Dharahara which he described has its connections with the sentiments and dignity of Nepali and their history.

In his address to an inaugural ceremony of rebuilding Dharahara here today, the Prime Minister said it was also a matter of pride for the nation as we have become able to restore the historic monument on our own.

The Dharahara, also known as the Bhimsen Tower was flattened by the 2015 April earthquake.

“When I was ascending the beautiful, attractive and resilient Dharahara, I felt like climbing the Eiffel Tower. Air which is felt on the 20th storey of Dharahara is alike the fresh air that breezes through the Eiffel Tower. The monument will be known in the world as the identity of Kathmandu and Nepal. I had, as the Prime Minister of Nepal, launched ‘I will build my Dharahara myself ’ on February 16, 2016, and though the campaign could not go ahead as per the expectation, we all are happy to have it rebuilt.’’

Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli, his spouse Radhika Shakya among others attend programme organised to inaugurate the reconstructed Dharahara in Sundhara, Kathmandu, on Saturday, April 24, 2021. Photo: RSS
Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli, his spouse Radhika Shakya among others attend programme organised to inaugurate the reconstructed Dharahara in Sundhara, Kathmandu, on Saturday, April 24, 2021. Photo: RSS

On the occasion, he informed that Rs 240 million was accumulated under the campaign. As he said, the newly constructed structure is earthquake-resilient and was built by using modern construction materials.

The Prime Minister also announced to hire each member from the families of 60 people who had lost their lives during the destruction of Dharahara on April 25, 2015, as workforce required for the construction of remaining structures on the premises of Dharahara. “If jobs here do not fit for them, they will be given priority in other sectors as well.”

He took time to say that streets in the Kathmandu Valley will be free from street children and beggars in the year 2078 BS. None will be left neglected and the government will take the guardianship of vulnerable groups, according to the Prime Minister. He said the government was effortful to advance Nepal which is enriched with mines and natural resources as a resourceful and donor country. PM Oli said arrangements are being made to establish manufacturers in the country to address the people’s need for essential equipment such as mobile, computer and television sets within the country.


A view of reconstructed Dharahara, also known as Bhimsen Tower in Sundhara, Kathmandu, on Saturday, April 24, 2021. Photo: RSS
A view of reconstructed Dharahara, also known as Bhimsen Tower in Sundhara, Kathmandu, on Saturday, April 24, 2021. Photo: RSS

Chief Executive Officer of host National Reconstruction Authority Sushil Gyawali shared that the earthquake and currency museum is being reconstructed in over 42 ropani area in Sundhara. Among others under reconstruction are Sundahra with a 24-hour water fountain and parking structures.

Kathmandu metropolis mayor Bidya Sundar Shakya said the task of the second phase of the expansion of Rani Pokhari is also taking place soon while the reconstruction of Kashtamandap has also come to a final stage.

On the occasion, it was shared that the structures including Dharahara of which foundation stone laying took place on 27 December 2018 are being constructed by GITC Raman JV Construction.

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