Jun 15: A Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) was signed between the Embassy of India, Ministry of Federal Affairs and General Administration, Nepal and the Kathmandu Metropolitan City for the construction of Sanitation facility within the Pashupati Area Temple Complex, a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1979. The project will be funded under Nepal-Bharat Maitri: Development Partnership as a High Impact Community Development Project (HICDP or earlier SDPs) by Government of India.
The project proposal was forwarded by the Pashupati Area Development Trust (PADT) to the Embassy in October 2019. Under the project, India will extend a financial assistance of NRs 37.23 million for construction of sanitation facilities for use by pilgirms and tourists to the Pashupatinath Temple. The project will be implemented by Kathmandu Metropolitan City (KMC) in accordance with the norms laid out by Government of Nepal (GoN). As per the understanding, KMC will identify a suitable contractor through a tender process for completing the construction work in 15 months from the award of work.
Pashupati Temple of Kathmandu is the largest temple complex in Nepal and stretches on both sides of the Bagmati River and sees thousands of worshippers every day. The sanitation project which was agreed to by both governments in August 2014 will complement the efforts of Government of Nepal for upgradation of public utilities in Pashupati Temple Complex.