UNESCO has expressed concerns about inappropriate rebuilding of historic structures, in particular Rani Pokhari.
In a letter to the Kathmandu Metropolitan City (KMC) and the Department of Archaeology (DoA), UNESCO on Thursday said: “Such practice raises serious questions on the creditability of future heritage rebuilding in the Kathmandu Valley, including major sites such as Kasthamandap and Majudega of the Hanumandhoka Durbar Square Monument zone.”
UNESCO’s statement comes days after the DoA instructed the KMC to halt reconstruction of Rani Pokhari, a 17th-century heritage site destroyed by last year’s earthquake. Last week, youth activists had protested the use of cement instead of local materials in the rebuilding of Rani Pokhari.
UNESCO has appealed to the government to ensure that the rebuilding process is appropriately monitored and supervised by the DoA. “We trust that the KMC and the DoA will take concrete and effective steps to maintain and preserve the religious, cultural and historical significance of the Ranipokhari and the entire Kathmandu Valley,” reads the statement.
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