Posted on: 2014-10-06 09:00
KATHMANDU, OCT 06 – In July last year, archaeologists carried out an excavation at Baluwa area in Gokarna, next to where Lichhavi King Amshu Verma’s sixth century inscription was found in the late seventies. But just over a year later, a three-storey house stands tall on the very spot where the discovery was made.
By the time the Department of Archaeology learnt about the building, the construction was already halfway through. According to Ram Bahadur Kunwar, coordinator of the excavation, the departement’s directive to the Village Development Committee to impose restriction on construction of any structure in the area was not followed.
The house owner, Yangde Sherpa, oblivious to the archaeological value of the land, says she was tricked into buying the property at a higher price by an agent two years ago.
“The Village Development Committee had given me the approval to build my house on the land. I didn’t know what to make of it when I was later told that the land was archaeologically important,” she says. Continue reading