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Japanese grant for heritage preservation

Kathmandu, March 2, 2016: The Government of Japan has decided to extend financial assistance totaling USD 77,805, equivalent to approximately 8.45 million rupees to the Kathmandu Valley Preservation Trust (KVPT), a Nepali NGO, under the Grant Assistance for Cultural Grassroots Project (GCGP) scheme.

Following guidelines outlined by the Department of Archaeology and UNESCO, KVPT would use the grant to procure equipment necessary for the soaring, scaffolding, and fencing of the Krishna Temple, Char Narayan Temple, Visveswora Temple and Manimandap Pati located at Patan Durbar Square.

At a programme organised at Japanese Embassy here today, Dr. Rohit K. Ranjitkar, Program Director of KVPT, Nepal office, and Japanese Ambassador to Nepal, Masashi Ogawa, signed the grant contract for the project.

The earthquake that hit Nepal on April 25, 2015 and its subsequent aftershocks damaged all of the aforementioned structures. As a true friend of Nepal and also an earthquake-prone country, Japan’s response after the earthquake was immediate.

Now, Japan is currently working with the Department of Archaeology to support Nepalese efforts in renovating valuable cultural heritage in the Kathmandu valley.