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Kathmandu View Tower construction delayed due to lack of materials

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KATHMANDU — The construction of Kathmandu View Tower at the Purano (old) Bus Park is not making any progress because of lack of materials.

The delay in the tower’s construction has been attributed to the fact that all the construction materials have to be imported from India, said Manoj Bhetwal, Chief of Jaleshwor Swachchhanda Bkoi Builders Pvt Ltd, which is responsible for constructing the tower under the public-private partnership model.

He said all construction materials apart from cement, stones, gravel and sand have to be brought from India.

Currently, the construction site at the Bus Park has been shielded by corrugated zinc sheets. The construction process will speed up once the materials arrive from India, Bhetwal said.

The Bus Park was relocated to the nearby Khullamunch in mid-April to lend space for the construction.

In the view of the revised building codes following the massive earthquake of last year, preparations are being made to build the tower quake-resistant with the number of storeys limited to 12.

The construction company, as a part of an agreement with the Kathmandu Metropolitan City (KMC), will operate the building for 30 years after the construction is completed. The tower construction is said to be completed within five years of the commencement.

It has been estimated that a total of Rs 3.50 billion will be spent in the construction, KMC Spokesperson Gyanendra Karki said.

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Bakar-Eid being celebrated

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POKHARA — The Muslim people people are celebrating their grand festival, Bakar Eid, with much fanfare today.

The festival which is to be continued for three days from today is also known as ‘Eid-Ul-Juha’. The Muslim community considers this as a festival of devotion.

Ali Miya Literary Foundation, Pokhara Chairperson and religious preacher Hanif Miya informed that the festival marked the beginning with the recitation of Islam scripture Nawaz at Idgaha of Pokhara in the early morning today.

The Muslim people who are almost 10,000 in number in Pokhara alone are marking the festival with much excitement, he added.

The Muslims visit the mosques, offer prayers to Allah, perform the Namaj prayers and exchange greetings each others on the occasion.

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