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'USD 64 mln needed to complete Lumbini master plan'

  

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Archaeological ruins between the Maya Devi Temple (seen in the backdrop) and the Ashoka Pillar (not seen) in Lumbini, the birthplace of Lord Buddha.

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"The completion of the Master Plan is urgent not only to ensure that pilgrims‚ when visiting Lumbini‚ have a unique spiritual experience that Kenzo Tange so brilliantly envisioned. It is also urgent‚ because the realisation of the Plan will safeguard the historical remains of Lumbini from irreversible damage and loss"

KATHMANDU: An amount of USD 64 million is needed to fully complete a Lumbini Development Master Plan developed by Japanese architect Kenzo Tange 35 years ago, according to Lumbini Development Trust and UNESCO.

The estimation was revealed at a meeting with stakeholders including the Ministry of Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation, the Greater Lumbini Development National Steering Committee, development and diplomatic agencies on Wednesday, July 17.

Pushpa Kamal Dahal, Chair of the Greater Lumbini Development NationalSteering Committee, Ram Kumar Shrestha, Minister for Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation, Sushil Ghimire, Secretary of the Ministry, and Acharya Karma Sangbo Sherpa, Vice-Chair of Lumbini Development Trust reiterated the Government of Nepal’s commitment to the development of Lumbini as a place of national

pride and one of the world’s most sacred spots for Buddhists and non-Buddhists.

They invited the international community to assist in completing the remaining components of the Master Plan.

“The completion of the Master Plan is urgent not only to ensure that pilgrims, when visiting Lumbini, have a unique spiritual experience that Kenzo Tange so brilliantly envisioned. It is also urgent, because the realisation of the Plan will safeguard the historical remains of Lumbini from irreversible damage and loss,” said Axel Plathe, Head of the UNESCO Office in Kathmandu.

Lumbini, the birth place of Lord Buddha is a UNESCCO World Heritage property since1997.

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