The Kathmandu Metropolitan City (KMC) is all set to develop Ratna Park, Ranipokhari and Balaju Park in the Capital as sources of revenue.
The City Council has allocated Rs 35 million to renovate and reconstruct the three parks.
The metropolis recently renovated the Ratna Park with a budget of Rs 8 million and re-opened it for the public charging entry fees. Officials said the metropolis collects around Rs 15,000 from the entry fee every day.
The historic Ranipokhari, located in the heart of Kathmandu, however, always remains closed except during Chhath and Bhai Tika festivals. Legends state that the pond was constructed by King Pratap Malla in 1670 for his souse in memory of their deceased son. The pond has a temple Matrikeshwor Mahadev in the middle.
KMC Environment Division Chief Rabin Man Shrestha said the metropolis plans to keep the pond area open for the public and introduce entry ticket system. “The temple in the middle of the pond has been damage by the earthquake. As soon as the Department of Archaeology renovates it, we will open the area for visitors,” he said.
KMC officials said they are also planning to plant new species of trees, flowers and shrubs to maintain the greenery in around the historic pond. The government had constructed fountains at all corners of the pond area ahead of the Saarc Summit last year. Officials expressed hope that people will really enjoy visiting the historical and religious site once it is renovated.
Likewise, officials said they will also renovate the Balaju Park, which has been closed after the April 25 earthquake damaged a swimming pool and an over 100-year-old building in the area.
“We are reconstructing the swimming pool and going to add more greenery and walking trails,” Shrestha said, adding that the park was generating around Rs 500,000 in revenue per month. The park’s Baisdhara (22 taps) draws a large number of Hindu devotees during Baishakh Purnima in the mid-April.
Officials said they are also redecorating picnic spots inside the park area.