Minister for Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation, Kripashur Sherpa, has urged the foreign countries to send their nationals in Nepal to help revive the tourism business, which was affected by ‘Gorkha’ quake.
Minister Sherpa said so at a programme organised by the Nepal Tourism Board, Department of Archeology and Bhaktapur Municipality at Durbar Square in Bhaktapur on Monday, to formally re-open the heritage sites for tourists.
He said, “Now Nepal is safe. So help Nepal by sending your nationals if you want to help Nepal in real sense.” The Tourism Minister further said that the government was introducing a strong programme for the revival of the tourism business.
He said that it would take three to five years to bring the tourism sector to its previous position with an investment of around Rs 9 to 12 billion for the same.
On the occasion, Minister Sherpa observed an exhibition of photographs of the heritage before and after quake organized by the Municipality at Durbar Square.
Lawmaker Prem Suwal, Secretary at the Ministry, Sureshman Shrestha, Director General of the Department of Archeology, Bhesh Narayan Dahal, and Department of Tourism, Tulasi Prasad Gautam, among others, said that it was necessary to spread a message across the world that heritage sites of Nepal are in safe condition.
According to the Bhaktapur Municipality, a total of 67 heritages were completely damaged and 49 suffered partial damage in the quake in Bhaktapur.
It would take Rs 2.93 million for the repair and maintenance of the heritages and Rs 1 billion for the reconstruction in Bhaktapur, as per the preliminary estimates of the Municipality. RSS