Lomanthang palace on verge of collapse
MUSTANG, JUN 23 -
The Lomanthang palace , which was built around 700 years ago by Aamepal, the first king of Mustang,is on the verge of collapse for want of repair and conservation.
Most of the 108 chambers in the palace are in a dilapidated condition while the north-eastern corner of the building is left in ruins. The palace, which is chiefly made up of mud, was partly destroyed by rainfalls and earthquake last year.
“The palace may collapse at any time as it has cracks in many places,” said Indradhara Bista, chairman of the Lomanthang Conservation Management Committee. Bista said identity of the area might be lost if the palace is destroyed. Arts and artifacts of the palace are disappearing due to the lack of proper conservation efforts.
Local people complained that the government has not taken initiatives to conserve the palace which has historical and archaeological significance. Bhesh Narayan Dahal, director general of the Department of Archaeology, said they are conducting a study to declare the palace a world heritage site.
Although King Jigme Parbal Bista and a local youth club are carrying out works to renovate the palace, their effort is not enough without government support to conserve it. Ujjwal Ojha, who came for a visit to the palace from Pokhara, said it is the responsibility of the state as well all the Nepali people to conserve the national heritage site.
Posted on: 2012-06-23 08:44