Kathmandu, Jan 22, 2018
The Supreme Court (SC) Sunday has issued an order in the name of government asking the later to present a report about the ongoing reconstruction works of the temple in the historic Ranipokhari Pond.
A division bench comprising Chief Justice Gopal Parajuli and Judge Harkrishna Karki had directed the government last Tuesday to submit a monthly report on the Ranipokhar’s restoration works until the next order.
The order mentioned that there was no need to issue an interim order as a letter dispatched by the Department of Archaeology earlier stated that the pond was being constructed in its original style.
A team of experts formed by the Kathmandu Metropolitan City on Sunday suggested for the reconstruction of the temple in its original style.
It may be noted that advocate Deepak Mishra had registered a writ at the court, seeking halt to the reconstruction works citing that the use of modern construction materials was capable of damaging the originality of the historic site.
The Tuesday’s court order was in response to the same writ. The Temple in the Ranipokhari, an artificial pond dating back to the 17th century (built in 1670 AD by King Pratap Malla) was damaged by the 2015 April earthquake.