Kathmandu: More than 90% of the reconstruction and renovation of the historic Ranipokhari pond in Kathmandu has been completed which was hampered after the outbreak of Covid-19 pandemic and nation wide lock down.
According to the National Reconstruction Authority (NRA) the renovation of the pond located at Ratnapark was started on February 4, 2019.
NRA officials said the 5 feet 2 inches deep pond has a capacity of storing 30 million water. Now the main crest of the temple is being constructed with decoration. The reconstruction and renovation works were postponed for sometime due to dearth of workers and artisans.
As many as 60 workers were engaged in this renovation works but now only 32 workers are working for the reconstruction works.
It will take some more time to collect water. The pond is receiving only the rain water which has been drained off from Durbar High School and Trichandra College. NRA official Raju Manandhar said that discussions are being held to finalize the decision about locating other source of water for this pond.
He also hinted that the water from Melamchi could also be used if waited for some more time. The historic pond was damaged in 2015 earthquake. The pond was constructed by Pratap Malla to appease his queen after the death of his son Chakratendra in 1727 BS.
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