Nepal – the country of Mt. Everest and Buddha

Nepal – the country of Mt. Everest and Buddha

Republic Tower in Kirtipur

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on April 25, 2012


The government has, for now, decided to construct the Republic Tower (Ganatantra Stambha) on the Tribhuvan University premises in Kirtipur. The Ministry of Physical Planning and Works said Prime Minister Baburam Bhattarai will lay the foundation for the historical tower at TU on Thursday. “Preparations for building the Republic Tower are complete,” said Tulasi Prasad Sitaula, secretary at the ministry.The government has, for now, decided to construct the Republic Tower (Ganatantra Stambha) on the Tribhuvan University premises in Kirtipur after changing its mind on the issue several times.

The Ministry of Physical Planning and Works said Prime Minister Baburam Bhattarai will lay the foundation for the historical tower at TU on Thursday.

“Preparations for building the Republic Tower are complete,” said Tulasi Prasad Sitaula, secretary at the ministry. “We are planning to proceed with the bidding process soon. The whole undertaking is estimated to cost around Rs 125 crore,” he added.

The tower, symbolising the abolition of 240-year-old monarchy, will be the tallest structure in the Valley. The Department of Urban Development and Building Construction, assigned to work on the details of the structure, said the building will have two levels. “Level one will house a Republic Gallery and the second level will be developed as view tower,” said Sitaula. Prime Minister Bhattarai on January 5 had directed the department to recommend an appropriate place for the tower within a week. He had directed the department to seek an alternative to the place where the tower was to be built ­­ Gushi Gal, Kupandol, where land has been set aside for a UN park.
Originally, the plan was to build the tower on the Narayanhiti Palace premises. However, the idea was dropped in 2009 and Ratna Park was selected.

Then Prime Minister Madhav Kumar Nepal had laid the foundation for the Republic Tower at Ratnapark on May 29, 2009. Authorities say now the tower will be built at TU. The government plans to build a Republic Monument at Narayanhiti. PM Bhattarai laid the stone for the monument, named Statue of Republic, on March 27.The physical planning ministry is to construct the monument.

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