KATHMANDU, July 27: The reconstruction of Singha Durbar, heavily destroyed by the devastating earthquake of 2015, is being completed by the month of Kartik.
According to the Central Level Project Implementation Unit, the reconstruction of Singha Durbar is projected to be completed by the month of Kartik despite the delay in the reconstruction activities due to COVID-19 pandemic.
The country’s main administrative unit, Singha Durbar was constructed by the Rana Prime Minister Chandra Shamsher as his personal residence in 1903. Later, the Durbar was developed into the chief administrative unit of the country.
At present, the Durbar incorporates the Prime Minister’s Office and the offices of ministers.
According to the deputy director of Central Level Project Implementation Unit, Jhappar Singh Biswakarma, the two main buildings of the Durbar are being reconstructed by the method of Retrofitting and Jacketing. The new building of the historic Singha Durbar is being constructed in the European style. However, the western face of the Durbar is being built in traditional style using wood, glasses and slaked lime.
Earlier, the reconstruction project was estimated to be completed by the month of Bhadra but the reconstruction activities were delayed due to the lockdown measures enforced by the Nepal Government to contain the spread of coronavirus.
The eastern face of the building, which comprises the PM’s Office will be completed at the cost of Rs 750 million and the western face at the cost of Rs 400 million excluding VAT.