Indian Embassy of India Kathmandu and Department of Urban Development and Building Construction (DUDBC), Kathmandu and Society for Development of Lalitpur signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) for providing Indian grant assistance of NRs. 11.14 million for the renovation/restoration of sites of historical and cultural importance in Lalitpur District.
The project includes the renovation/restoration of Ganga Pokhari, Shree Mahanyan Boudha Samaj Gumba and Remodelling of Temple, Compound Wall and Gate (Shree Mahayan Boudha Samaj Gumba).
According a press release of Indian Embassy, India will also provide NRs. 36.16 million for renovation/restoration of 6 sites of historical and cultural importance in Lalitpur District.
The project underlines the importance accorded by India to the preservation and promotion of the rich cultural and historical heritage of Nepal, which is in the spirit of the strong and close bonds between two countries.
The project will be implemented by the DUDBC, Kathmandu in close consultation and coordination with Society for Development of Lalitpur. They will also be responsible for ensuring the quality of construction of the project and its timely completion. The MoUs stipulates the constitution of an Oversight Committee, comprising representatives of the DUDBC and other stakeholders with a view to ensuring the implementation of the project in a time bound manner.
In addition to this project, three projects in Lalitpur District has already been completed with Indian grant assistance of NRs 85.2 million and work in ongoing on three projects at a cost of NRs. 83.04 million. India has also gifted 10 ambulances and 6 school buses for use 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 Program has an outlay of over NRs. 65 billion with more than 490 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.