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Is the local level finally recognizing the history of Panauti?

2022 Mar 13, 13:27, Panauti

Old-style houses are being built in the protected area of ​​Panauti Municipality. For this, the municipality has also provided financial assistance to the locals as an incentive.

In order to receive financial support, the locals have to build old style private houses according to the criteria given by the Department of Archeology. The municipality has already provided financial assistance to 11 families of Ward No. 7 under this scheme. The municipality has stated that the Department of Archeology has started providing financial assistance to the builders of old style houses facing the public roads, streets and squares.

"We have started giving financial assistance to those who build houses in the protected areas as specified by the department," said Mayor Bhim Neupane. According to him, the city has started helping to preserve the historicity as it would be expensive to build an old style house. The municipality has stated that an incentive amount of Rs. 99,000 to Rs. 378,000 has been provided for this. Chief Neupane said, "After giving incentives, the locals who are rebuilding their houses have started building houses in the old style."

Mayor Neupane said that those who are rebuilding the houses have started proposing to build in the old style after giving incentive money. According to him, 71 families have so far submitted proposals for assistance from the city as they are building old style houses. The 7th ward of Kavrepalanchok is an area proposed by the United Nations (UNESCO) 25 years ago to be inscribed on the World Heritage List.

 It is said that the historical, religious, cultural and archeological city of Panauti will be listed in the World Heritage List after the decision of the Council of Ministers. "The final process of listing is underway," said Mayor Neupane.

 The task of listing Panauti as a World Heritage Site was started last year. After this, the head of UNESCO Nepal, Christian Manhart, observed the historical, religious and archeological heritage of Panauti. The municipality has also allocated Rs. 10 million in the current fiscal year for the process after Manhart informed the local people's representative that UNESCO is ready to list the monastery and the house with old Nepali origin in the World Heritage List.

 Panauti has been declared a 'memorial area' by the government in 2058 BS as per the Ancient Monuments Protection Act 2031 BS. After Kavrepalanchok is listed in the Panauti World Heritage List, it will be called 'Panauti UNESCO World Heritage Site'. UNESCO lists the heritage of a nation as having special cultural significance (such as forests, mountains, lakes, islands, deserts, monuments, buildings, or cities). Which is selected by the World Heritage Committee. The same committee will take care of this heritage area under the auspices of UNESCO.

 According to the Department of Archeology, four regions of Nepal have been listed in the World Heritage List. These are: Kathmandu Valley (seven areas of the valley: Kathmandu Durbar Area, Patan Durbar Area, Bhaktapur Durbar Area, Pashupatinath Temple, Swayambhunath, Boudhanath and Changu Narayan Temple), Chitwan National Park, Lumbini and Everest National Park. Nepal has so far proposed to UNESCO to list 15 historical and tourist sites, including Panauti, in the World Heritage List. Among them, Panauti is seen to be the first to be listed in the World Heritage List.

At the confluence of the Ganges and Yamuna rivers in the Prayag of India, the Rusravati River at Panauti, the Lilavati River at the confluence of the rivers, and the Padmavati at the confluence of the Brahmayani Temple, which flows secretly at the confluence of the Saraswati Mission. Panauti is 25 kilometers east of the federal capital Kathmandu and 6 kilometers south of Banepa.


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