Much-awaited Peace and Martyr’s Park to open next year
By Binu Shrestha
Kathmandu, Nov. 14:About 70 per cent of the construction work of the National Peace and Martyr’s Park, probably the largest martyr memorial park in the country, has been completed. The construction of the park had begun on May 25, 2007.
Currently, the construction of the park is moving ahead as scheduled, and the much-awaited park is likely to open next year.The park is being constructed so as to document and showcase facts and materials related to all the heroes who laid down their lives for the nation and the people.
The National Peace and Martyr’s Park, covering an area of approximately 650 ropanis, is under construction at the Jagdol Community Forest of Gokarna, on the bank of the Bagmati River bordering Gokarneshwor Municipality and Budanilkantha Municipality.
Records of all the martyrs of Nepal, from the Rana time to the second people’s movement of 2006, will be kept in the park, said Sudarshan Sigdel, chairman of the Park Construction Task Force Committee.
Of the total budget allocated by the government for its construction, Rs. 260 million out of Rs. 427.1 million has been spent so far.
The memorial park has been divided into four sections - memorial area, entertainment area, institutional area and religious area, said Sigdel.
Under the memorial park, monuments of the martyrs, peace pyramid, museum, civil servant memorial and a peace stupa are being constructed atop the hill of the community forest area.
In the entertainment area, picnic spots, a deer park and flower garden have been constructed. The institutional section will feature restaurants, community police beat, information centre, view tower and gift shops. A skill development centre, training centre and research centre are also planned.
The religious area located at the eastern fort will have a Bhagawati Temple and a nursery.
Adhikari said that the construction work of all the sectors was started simultaneously on May 25, 2007, and he hoped the project would be completed next year.
Initially, the construction work of the National Peace and Marty’s Park was expected to be completed by 2015. But due to several reasons, namely problems associated with the construction companies, the devastating earthquake of 2015 and the blockade by India, the construction was delayed, he said.
The ticketing house, security house, blacktopping of the main road and entrance gate have already been completed, Sigdel added.