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Case filed against ‘violation’ of standard in reconstruction of Ranipokhari

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KATHMANDU — A case has been filed against government employees, citing violation of norms in the reconstruction of the Ranipokhari, the historic pond situating at the heart of Kathmandu.

People who claimed themselves as working for the conservation of heritage sites moved the Metropolitan Police Office, Teku, demanding a probe into the matter and action against founding violating the standard.

Senior Engineer at the Department of Archaeology, Sampat Ghimire, Director at Urban Infrastructure Development Department at the Kathamandu Metropolitan City Office,Uttar Kumar Regmi and contractor Arjun Kandel have been named as defendants in the ase filed as per the Clause 3 (1) of the Government Cases Act, Nepal-1992,exercising the right ensured by the Article 32 of the Nepal’s constitution, said one Monalisa Maharjan who prefers to her herself as heritage lover.

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The 400-year-old artificial pond was built by the then king of Malla dynasty, Pratap Malla, to console his queen aggrieved by the death of her son, was badly damaged by the 2015 April Earthquake.

Presently, the reconstruction works have been halted due to internal disputes. Authorities concerned have been accused of ignoring the originality and sensitivity of this historic site and using concrete materials in the rebuild works.

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Drinking water shortage hits life at Yasok in Panchthar

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PACHTHAR — A shortage of drinking water at Yasok Bazar, the center of Kummayak Rural Municipality, has thrown the normal life of the locals out of gear.

The problem arose after the local market management committee removed water pipes installed in the bazaar area. Per household here was getting 50 liters of drinking water once in two days before this.

Water scarcity here is not a new occurrence at Yasok which normally remains dry, but the complete disruption in the supply of taps water has paralysed the life, according to local hotelier Keshab Thapa.

There is no natural or artificial water source nearby the area and locals are forced to dependent on the supply by the local government through tractors in a very limited quantity.

The rural municipality has started fetching water from the local Chhorunga stream and distributing it to the locals. Tractors are used to transport stream water to the area.

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Earlier, the 650 households at Yasok were using drinking water supplied by the Yasok Deurali Drinking Water Project. Regular supply (once in two days) was too less to meet demand. There is a demand for some 250,000 liters of water at Yasok per day.

According to Yasok Market Management Consumers Committee secretary Mahendra Bahadur Khadka, water pipes were removed (without any alternative arrangements) in course of market management efforts and it will take some more days to restore them and water scarcity is to go for more few days

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