New Dharahara will flaunt history and modernization: PM Oli

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Kathmandu, Dec 27 (RSS): Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli has said that the reconstructed Dharahara would depict history and modernization. 
Addressing the foundation-laying ceremony for the reconstruction of the Dharahara organsied by the National Reconstruction Authority (NRA) here today, Prime Minister Oli said that the government was active for the speedy development construction, saying laying of the foundation stone of Dharahara was one of the parts under the development construction taking place in the country. 

He said, “Our Dharahara was damaged time and again. We will build the new Dharahara similar to the previous one. Our ancient civilization and uniqueness should be protected.” 

The Prime Minister said that the new Dharahara would be child and senior-citizen-friendly and there would be enough parking area in its premises. 
He said, “Many quake-damaged heritages have already been reconstructed.” Recalling that he took initiatives for the reconstruction of Dharahara in the past, PM Oli said, “Now the reconstruction of Dharahara will not be halted at any pretext.” 

PM Oli argued that the reconstruction of historical monuments were essential to make archeologically important city –Kathmandu- safe and attractive. 

NRA CEO Sushil Gyawali assured that the uniqueness of Dharahara would be kept intact while reconstructing a modern Dharahara. 
Likewise, Kathmandu Metropolitan City (KMC) Mayor Bidya Sundar Shakya pledged support from the KMC for the reconstruction of Dharahara and drew the attention towards the air pollution that could be caused during its reconstruction. 

He also urged the concerned agencies for the timely completion of Dharahara. 

Construction Company Manager Raman Mahato shared that reconstructed Dharahara would stretch across 42 ropanis and would be 22-storey and 72 metres tall. The construction cost is estimated at Rs 3 billion 480 million and it is expected to be built within two years. 

The reconstructed Dharahara will feature new garden, museum, colorful fountain, an exhibition hall and parking space. 

In attendance at the programme were Minister for Home Affairs Ram Bahadur Thapa, Minister for Foreign Affairs Pradeep Kumar Gyawali, Minister for General Administration and Local Development Lal Babu Pandit, Minister for Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation Rabindra Adhikari, Minister for Industry, Commerce and Supplies Matrika Prasad Yadav and Governor of Nepal Rastra Bank Dr Chiranjivi Nepal and people’s representatives. 

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