KMC drive to preserve heritage

By A Staff Reporter

raniKathmandu, Aug. 24: The Kathmandu Metropolitan City (KMC) has begun a campaign to preserve, identify and resurrect the tangible and intangible art, culture, tradition, language and literature of the city. 

Under the campaign, KMC will support to renovate and rebuild the destroyed monuments. The art, culture, traditional dances which are facing risk of disappearance due to several causes like budget crunch, lack of dancers or teachers will be preserved by encouraging the locals to give continuity to them, said Nhuchchhe Kaji Maharjan, coordinator of culture and tourism committee of KMC.“We will search the disappeared culture and resurrect the disappearing stage arts and culture by keeping their records,” he said.
Connecting the heritage, tourism and local people, the living standards of the city people could be improved, he added.
KMC has been working in heritage sector keeping it in its annual policy and planning. Under this programme, KMC has been supporting to preserve the heritages in their original shapes, and nature close to the city.
Last fiscal year, the KMC provided Rs. 10 million each to 10 municipalities for this programme in the first phase.
“We are ready to continue our support to them if they come with preservation and promotion planning of cultural and heritage sites of their locality, coordinator Maharjan said.
In the current fiscal year, KMC has allocated Rs. 10 million for Jhor of Tokha Municipality to promote the area, which is famous for natural waterfall which attracts domestic tourists.
Domestic and foreign tourists visit the city area of Kathmandu to observe historical temples, artistic wooden carving works of the temples, cultural and traditional street and mask dances and festivals. That’s why, KMC is going to revive and preserve the endangered cultural tradition to attract more visitors, because they come here to observe cultural and heritage sites of nation, he said.
A visitor who loves to enjoy with nature, tend to go outside the valley. So, as per the concept of nature and culture promotion of Kathmandu with nearby the city areas, such programme has been launched, said KMC. Targeting the Visit Nepal Year 2020, KMC has invited 48 foreign delegations from it 13 sister cities of six counties to attend the upcoming Indra Jatra.
Food festival, several cultural street dances, and other programme will be organsied to attract visitors and lengthen their stay in in Kathmandu.
KMC will be allocating Rs. 2.4 million for upcoming Indra Jatra festival. Earlier, Indra Jatra Management Committee had received Rs. 1.4 million through government and Rs. 1 million from KMC.
Maharjan said they were unable to manage night tour programme from Basanatapur to Swayambunath Stupa due to the security provision.
“We cannot manage security for night tour for foreign tourists even though KMC has brought the night tour concept,” he said.  

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