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UNESCO drops restoration works of Hanuman Dhoka Durbar square temples

KATHMANDU: UNESCO has withdrawn from the restoration of Jagannath and Shree Krishna Mahavishnu (Gopinath) Temples damaged by the 2015 earthquake at Hanumandhoka Durbar Square World Heritage Site.
Issuing a press statement on Tuesday, UNESCO informed that it was compelled to withdraw from the restoration of both the temples due to the threats made by locals.
Christian Manhart, UNESCO Representative to Nepal, said that “UNESCO is saddened to withdraw from the restoration project of these two important temples within the Kathmandu Valley World Heritage Site.”
On 10 December 2018, restoration work commenced on-site. However, on 23 December, the work was placed on hold, due to pressure citing the wish of some locals for the temples to be restored through local funds alone and without international assistance.
In response, UNESCO arranged a series of meetings with local community members, the Ministry of Culture Tourism and Civil Aviation, National Reconstruction Authority, the Department of Archaeology, and Member of Province 3 Parliament Rajesh Shakya, and continued work on 15 May 2019.
However, threats were made by some locals a few days later to the restoration workers on-site. UNESCO, therefore, decided that the project had to be closed, read the statement.
All documentation for the restoration work has been handed over to the care of the Department of Archaeology for completion according to international standards required for World Heritage Sites, it added.

Published Date: Tuesday, July 9th, 2019 | 06:42 PM

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