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Lumbini Master Plan remains incomplete even in 41 years

By Our Reporter
Lumbini master plan was designed some 41 years ago. In the initial phase seven villages dominated by Muslim communities were relocated and the Muslims had embraced the development plan and cooperated with the authorities for their relocation. But in four decades, several projects are still unfinished much to the disappointment of the people who had dreamt of prosperous Lumbini.
As a result, the tourists who arrive in Lumbini hardly spend a night in the holy site. Had the project been completed, the tourists could have retained at least for a single day.
The Lumbini Master Plan is a perfect example to show how incompetent governments the Nepalese people have over the decades.
According to the Lumbini Development Trust, over 80 percent of tourists who visit Lumbini temple return the same day.
The Trust said that 80 percent of the plan has been completed. It will take two and a half years to complete rest of the projects which may require around Rs 6 billion. The projects had kicked off in 1978.
Obvioulsy, the Lumbini Master Plan became a victim of political appointment. One or the other party tried to make this trust a political platform, .
Lumbini area is spread over 1150 bighas of land. Lakes, historical monuments, archeological blocks and gardens are the main features of the site. Under the master plan, some ‘bihars’ have been constructed and some others are under construction at Lumbinigram.

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