KOLKATA, Feb 20: Nepali Welfare Trust (NWT), a common organization of Nepali citizens living in Kolkata of India, has announced to construct 'Nepal House' in the capital of West Bengal with an investment of Rs 170 million.
During a program organized by India-Nepal People's Friendly Cultural Forum on Sunday, the trust apprised the concept to the chief guest Prem Kumar Rai who is also the secretary at the Prime Minister's Office in Nepal and Ek Narayan Aryal, Nepal's consulate general to India.
According to the chairperson of the trust Khimraj Baral, the trust is planning to forward the detailed proposal of the project to Consulate General Aryal and various stakeholders of the government of Nepal in order to seek financial help.
Secretary Rai assured that he will urge the government to contribute to the construction of the building as soon as he returns to Nepal. As informed by Consulate General Aryal, the government has provided financial help of IRs 600,000 to buy land for the building and has also promised to convince the government for further help.
NWT said it is constructing the building with the objective of providing accommodation and other facilities to the Nepalis visiting India for work purpose. As per the members of the trust, this house will play a vital role in preserving and promoting Nepali culture.
The trust has already bought a land of 8,200 square feet at a cost of IRs 10 million, informed Chairperson Baral. A four-storey building will be constructed in that land at an estimated cost of IRs 11 million. There are around 300,000 Nepali citizens living in Kolkata currently, according to Baral.