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Indian assistance of NRs. 32.60 million

December 1, 2012


Dr. Karan Singh, President, Indian Council for Cultural Relations, New Delhi in the presence of Ambassador Jayant Prasad inaugurated the renovated site of Lok Kirti Mahabihar today, which is one of nine sites being restored/re-constructed with Indian assistance in and around Lalitpur District.

Lok Kirti Mahabihar, which is nearly 700 years old, is one of the hundreds of big and small ancient Buddhist Monasteries (Baha, Bahis and Gumbas) and Stupas built in the Kathmandu Valley. The upgraded facility, which has been built with Indian assistance of NRs. 7.3 million, would not only provide additional space for meditation but would also facilitate the convenient stay of training staff and teachers at the Mahabihar.

The project has been implemented by the Department of Urban Development and Building Construction, as part of the construction/restoration work of nine places of historical and cultural importance in Lalitpur District at an estimated cost of NRs. 32.60 million. The project includes the Restoration of Napi Chandra Mahabihar, construction and restoration of a Crematorium, Renovation of Daubhal Gate, Reconstruction of Farmers’ Society House, Restoration of Indrayani Park, Construction of Paties and Gates at Machhindra Bahal, Development of a Garden at Machhindra Bahal and Construction of Flower Pots at Nabhal. These segments of the project are almost complete and are likely to be commissioned early next year.

In addition to this project, work is ongoing in respect of four other projects at a cost of NRs.  92.2 million in Lalitpur District. India has also gifted nine ambulances and five school buses in the District.

Recognizing the importance of accelerating growth in Nepal, India remains committed to rendering all possible assistance in that direction. The India – Nepal Economic Programme has an outlay of over NRs. 64 billion with more than 425 large and small development projects completed or currently being implemented in almost all the districts of Nepal. These development projects mainly in the sectors of education, health and infrastructure development have been undertaken in response to local needs, and in partnership with the Government of Nepal.

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