India funds Nepal for reconstruction of 28 cultural heritage projects

The Samikhsya Bureau

NEW DELHI: As part of India’s socio-economic-cultural development partnership with its friendly neighboring nation of  Nepal, the Ministry of External Affairs has come forward to fund restoration and reconstruction of 26 important cultural heritage sites of Nepal.

A Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) and Contract Agreements for restoration and reconstruction were signed here on Wednesday for Jestha Varna Mahavihara in Lalitpur, Sulighyang Gumba, and Shermathang Gumba located in Sindhupal district, the Ministry sopuces said.

As per the MOU, India will be funding Nepali ₹246 million for the reconstruction of three more Cultural Heritage projects in Nepal after six out of the 28 heritage sites contracts have already been reconstructed.

India has been working with Nepal for restoration of cultural heritage projects, reflecting the common cultural heritage which has been the bed rock of the strong and friendly historical linkages, the Ministry maintained.

Indian National Trust for Art and Cultural Heritage (INTACH) has been entrusted in providing technical assistance for the restoration of Jestha Varna Mahavihara.

Out of the 28 cultural sector projects to be undertaken under Indian reconstruction grant, total 6 contracts have already been awarded.

Contracts have already been signed for conservation of Seto Machindranath Temple, Construction of Dharmashalaat Budhanikantha Temple and conservation as well as the development of Kumari Chhen and Kumari Niwas in Nepal.

India remains committed to continue its development partnership with Nepal which is long-standing, unwavering, unmatched and multidimensional in nature, as per the priorities of Government of Nepal, the Ministry statement said.