Skyrocketed buildings posing threat to UNESCO´s World Heritage Site

Hanuman Dhoka Darbar square, Kathmandu, file photo.
Hanuman Dhoka Darbar square, Kathmandu, file photo.

KATHMANDU, Nepal-At a time the government is mulling over to purpose two indigenous intangible cultural sites to the list of UNESCO’ World Heritage Site, Hanuman Dhoka Durbar Square, which is already enlisted in the UNESCO´s World Heritage Sites, is likely to be transferred into UNESCO´s endangered list, warned officials.

The historically and culturally important Hanuman Dhoka Durbar Square, is likely to be transferred into endangered list due to the sky rocketed buildings that are built in the locality.

Though the Department of Archeology in coordination with Kathmandu metropolis has directed the commoner not to erect their houses taller than 35 feet around the core area of Hanuman Dhoka Durbar Square, most houses owner are not abided by such standard.

With an objective to preserve its cultural and historical value, Department of Archeology (DoA) has set limit on the height of buildings that are constructed around historical places in Kathmandu.

An official at DoA said they formed a committee to study the houses that have violated the set standard by the department. He further informed that the department would take action against sky rocketed house owners after getting the report prepared by the study team.

Nepal has submitted the names of its some sites and properties on the Tentative List of UNESCO for their incorporation in the World Heritage Site List. And the government is planning to include at least two among them in the list for now.


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