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India to construct Rs 2.33 cr sanitation facility at Nepal’s iconic Pashupatinath Temple

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India pledges to construct sanitation facilityIndia has extended its financial aid by NR (Nepalese rupee) 37.23 million(i.e. Equivalent of Rs.2.33 cr INR) for the construction of the sanitation facility for the pilgrims at the Pashupatinath Temple in Kathmandu, Nepal, under the Nepal-Bharat Maitri: Development Partnership as a high impact community development scheme by India.

  • In this regard, a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) has been inked between the Indian Embassy, Nepal’s Ministry of Federal Affairs and General Administration and the Kathmandu Metropolitan City. Currently the Ambassador of India to Nepal is Vinay Mohan Kwatra.
  • Notably, Pashupatinath Temple is also listed under the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) World Heritage site.

Key Points:

-This infrastructure improvement project of the temple will be implemented by the Kathmandu Metropolitan City in accordance with the norms laid out by the Government of Nepal in 15 months.

-Pashupatinath Temple is the largest temple complex in Nepal and stretches on both sides of the Bagmati River and sees thousands of worshippers from Nepal and India every day.

Point to be noted: Bagmati River crosses into India at Bairgania, Bihar. It flows across Bihar districts Darbhanga, Sitamarhi, Sheohar, Muzaffarpur and Khagaria.

About Nepal:
Capital– Kathmandu
Currency– Nepalese rupee
Prime Minister– Khadga Prasad Sharma Oli
President– Bidhya Devi Bhandari