Nepal Calls to Speed up Reconstruction of Heritage Works
Katmandu, Mar 19 (Prensa Latina) The National Authority for Reconstruction (NRA) urged the government of Nepal to recover historical and archaeological monuments damaged by an earthquake in 2015, whose process is now in limbo due to lack of funds and specialized labor.
During a meeting with government officials, NRA Secretary Janardan Guragain drew attention for the increase of damages to the works if rapid measures are not implemented.
Guragain warned that adverse weather conditions and plagues could further deteriorate such facilities.
As an example he cited that the wooden pillars, props, windows and doors of numerous temples and palaces need immediate attention as they face the threat of termites. Numerous structures of the national heritage damaged by the earthquake of April 25 of 2015 were constructed with pine.
According to the Department of Archaeology, 743 historic facilities were damaged by the earthquake, which killed almost 9,000 and injured more than 22,000 people.
Recently, that institution demolished the temple of Pratappur, World Heritage Site, considering that it is a risk for the faithful and tourists after the damages caused by the earthquake.
Surya Kharbuja, an architect in the Heritage Division of the Bhaktapur district, recently admitted that the reconstruction of numerous historical and heritage sites in the Kathmandu valley continues in a limbo.
The process could take a long time, coincided Ram Govinda Shrestha, head of the Municipality's Heritage Division, after highlighting that they are facing the shortage of skilled workers.
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