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Conservation of Cultural Heritage: Issues along the Thapathali-Teku stretch of the Bagmati River in Kathmandu, Nepal

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Infrastructure Engineering Research and Consult, Kathmandu 44600, Nepal
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Department of Civil Engineering, University of Bristol, Bristol BS8 1TR, UK
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Heritage 2019, 2(3), 2228-2242; https://doi.org/10.3390/heritage2030135
Received: 5 June 2019 / Revised: 8 July 2019 / Accepted: 24 July 2019 / Published: 28 July 2019
The Bagmati, an auspicious and sacred river, is adorned with Ghat, Dharmashalas, Pati, Sattals, Temples, Brahmanaal etc. at various stretches within the valley for the facilitations of the devotees from the daily ritual bath to the last right of cremation. The Bagmati has been associated with the peoples of the Kathmandu valley, making it a highly significant cultural space of their devoutness. Authorities fail to recognize the significance of the site in terms of time, lack of proper policies, management plan, resources for safeguarding and conservation; several issues and challenges arise regarding the conservation of the site. Apart from technical issues such as material originality, financial issues, environmental issues, degradation of river water quality, development pressure and encroachment have ruined the site. This paper presents the significance of the 19th century cultural heritage sites along the Bagmati River from Thapathali to Teku Dobhan, which has not been prioritized for safeguarding. This also addresses the restoration, reconstruction, conservation and preparation of the management plan. In order to safeguard the past legacy of this site for the future generations, the holistic approach of conservation has to be opted for. View Full-Text
Keywords: cultural heritage; conservation; Bagmati; community participation; heritage management cultural heritage; conservation; Bagmati; community participation; heritage management
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Tamrakar, A.; Parajuli, R.R. Conservation of Cultural Heritage: Issues along the Thapathali-Teku stretch of the Bagmati River in Kathmandu, Nepal. Heritage 2019, 2, 2228-2242.

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