Kathmandu : Prime Minister Pushpa Kamal Dahal said the reconstruction of the Bouddha Mahachaitya damaged during the earthquake will be act as an encouragement for reconstruction of other quake hit areas.
At a ceremony held to mark the occasion of the completion of the renovation and reconstruction of Mahachaitya here, PM Dahal said it imparted a positive message that big tasks can be successfully completed in time if there is a will power to drive it.
The PM praised the abundance of support from individuals and organizations within the country and outside. “It is a matter of happiness and pride that the reconstruction of the Mahachaitya is being carried out with independence, responsibility and seriousness,” PM Dahal added.
“We are at an historic phase of reconstruction. The responsibility is on our shoulders to reconstruct the damaged houses of the people on the one side and rebuild the archaeological heritages on the other side,” he further added.
Also speaking on the occasion, Minister for Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation Jeeban Bahadur Shahi said the existing laws prevent the timely reconstruction of the quake-affected structure and they should be revised.
Vice President of Buddhist Association of China, Buddhist master Yin Shun, highlighting the religious and historic importance of the Mahachaitya, said it is the holy shrine for all the Buddhists across the world.
Bouddhanath Area Development Trust Chair Sampurna Kumar Lama, Buddhist master Mingyur Rinpochhe, committee member Chameli Kumari Lama and executive director Phupu Yangzi Lama shared information about the Mahachaitya’s the reconstruction works, extending gratitude to all those assisting in it.
The rebuilding of the Mahachaitya had begun on February 11, 2016 and various and organisations provided monetary assistance of Rs 2.9 million for so.