Historic Nepal Sites to Reopen After Quake

Historic Nepal Sites to Reopen After QuakeHistoric Nepal Sites to Reopen After Quake

Nepal is set to reopen all the heritage sites in the Kathmandu Valley to the public, in a bid to attract tourists after April’s devastating earthquake.

Among those sites set to open are the historical Durbar squares or “noble courts”, which were badly damaged, BBC reported.

UNESCO raised some concerns over the safety of reopening the sites. But media reports cite officials as saying the necessary measures are in place.

More than 8,000 people were killed and the destruction was widespread.

Shortly after the quake, UNESCO’s Director General Irina Bokova described damage to the Kathmandu valley as “extensive and irreversible”. It sent a team to assess the damage and is continuing to monitor the situation.

On 11 June, UNESCO issued a statement asking the public to be extra cautious at the sites, adding that it hoped the decision to reopen them could be reexamined.

Security will be in place, tourists will be given guided tours and signboards will indicate specified routes to cause minimal disturbance to structures, officials are quoted as saying in local media.