December 8, 2022, Thursday
Nepal 1:37:26 pm

Construction of restaurant at Narayanhity Palace museum halted

The Nepal Weekly
January 11, 2022

After halting construction works at Narayanhity Palace Museum in Kathmandu , where the previous K.P. Olil government had allowed a private company to build a restaurant Nepal government has formed a probe committee to carry out investigation into the matter.

The Ministry of Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation has formed a probe committee to carry out an investigation regarding the decision taken by the erstwhile government to grant permission to Batas Group to construct illegal infrastructure including a restaurant inside the Narayanhiti Palace Museum, according to official sources.

Joint-Secretary at the Tourism Ministry Hom Prasad Luintel is the coordinator of the committee which includes Under-Secretary at the Employees Administration Section Tek Narayan Poudel, Comptroller General at Financial Management Division Suryamani Gautam and Under-Secretary Purushottam Khatiwada as members. Similarly, section officer Tanka Bahadur Negi has been appointed as the member-secretary of the probe panel.

According to Minister Prem Bahadur Ale the probe committee has been entrusted with the responsibility to submit its report within three days after carrying out investigation regarding the restaurant being constructed in the premises of Narayanhiti Palace Museum.

Minister Ale had on Tuesday directed the Narayanhiti Palace Museum and Republic Memorial Management and Operation Development Board to immediately halt the ongoing construction work of the restaurant in the premises of the Narayanhiti Palace Museum. The government instructed to halt the construction works after news criticism was aired by the public through various media and social media reports sites against the construction works.

Following the directives from Minister Ale, Narayanhiti Palace Committee directed the B Management Pvt Ltd to immediately stop the construction activities until further notice.  The Committee had earlier made an agreement with Batas Company to run a restaurant in 10 ropanis of land belonging to the Museum.