HIMALAYAN NEWS SERVICE
KATHMANDU: Pashupati Area Development Trust (PADT) has plans to open a bank for its development and it is targeting Hindu communities to develop the heritage site.
The council meeting, chaired by Culture Minister Post Bahadur Bogati yesterday approved the nearly Rs 500 million budget and programmes for the current fiscal.
“The programme includes opening a bank for development of Pashupatinath Temple,” said Narottam Vaidya, treasurer at PADT. “A preliminary study will be carried out within the current fiscal,” he added.
The Guthi Corporation, PADT, big houses and Hindu communities and people will be involved in opening the bank, according to PADT sources. “The income from Pashupatinath Temple, Pashupati Guthi and PADT resources will be the main sources for the establishment of the bank,” said PADT officials. “Certain shares will be distributed to only Hindu devotees and communities in order to open the bank,” they said.
The council meeting approved utilisation of the 534 ropani land owned by PADT at Gothar of Kathmandu to develop cattle farming with 1,000 cows. The programme aims at gradually upgrading the Ved Vidyashram Secondary School of PADT to conserve and promote Hindu culture.
The PADT earns about Rs 10 million from offerings donated by devotees every month. “The temple income will be properly used in developing the heritage site and renovating the temple,” said Vaidya.
The pagoda style temple, believed to be more than 2,500 years old, is enlisted in the UNESCO World Heritage Site. However, the temple has not been renovated since 17th century.
Meanwhile, two members of the council — Umesh Kuikel and Sulochan Dangol, both affiliated to CPN-UML, boycotted the council meeting indicating a dispute at PADT.The PADT budget and programmes were approved after a delay of six months owing to internal rift.