No vehicles around UNESCO World Heritage Site henceforth

Hanuman Dhoka file photo/NMF.
Hanuman Dhoka file photo/NMF.

KATHMANDU, Nepal–In its attempt to conserve world’s heritage sites, the government has imposed a ban on the operation of vehicles at the Basantpur Durbar Square, a historical place of the capital Kathmandu. However, government’s initiation could not include other world heritage sites of the city into the lists which are equally significant.

With the ban, Kathmandu Metropolitan City (KMC) police will take over the management of the restricted area in coordination with government security agencies.

UNESCO has included seven monument sites of the valley in the world cultural heritage list.

Among the seven sites, three are centered on the ancient medieval palaces of the valley, namely the Hanuman Dhoka Durbar in Kathmandu, Patan Durbar in Patan (Lalitpur) and Bhaktapur Durbar in Bhaktapur.

Such palaces were the residences of the kings during Malla dynasty that ruled the country many centuries back.

Likewise, the other world heritage sites are the, Boudhanath Stupa, Swayambhu Maha Chaitya  and the temple premise of Lord Pashupatinath in Kathmandu and the Changu Narayan Temple in Bhaktapur.

According to Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation source, the government is also mulling over to impose ban on other world heritage site in the days to come.

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