KATHMANDU, April 24: Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli on Saturday inaugurated the recently reconstructed Dharahara tower amid an event held on the premises of the historical heritage in Sundhara, Kathmandu.
After unveiling the stone inscription at the Dharahara, PM Oli climbed up to the balcony on the 20th floor from where he showered flowers.
The Dharahara, an iconic tower built first by Nepal’s first Prime MInister Bhimsen Thapa, was brought down by the 2015 Gorkha Earthquake.
PM Oli had himself laid the foundation stone for the construction of a new Dharahara on December 28, 2019. Leter, Raman Construction Company Limited was awarded the contract for its construction. The new Dharahara has been built in the same architectural style as the old one but with a larger diameter. It stands 72 meters tall with 22 storeys.
The new Dharahara also has two elevators along with the traditional stairs leading up to the top. A garden, museum, colorful fountain, exhibition hall, parking lot and shops would also be constructed on its premises. The total estimated cost of the new Dharahara is Rs 3.48 billion.