The heritage conservation activist has accused the ward chairman of Mahalakshmi Municipality-8 of obstructing the reconstruction of the Chaitya, which is considered to be of the Lichhavi period. He further alleged that a group of five people led by ward chairman Bishwaraj Shrestha had filled the foundation of the chaitya with soil.
The Department of Archeology was about to reconstruct the Chaitya, with minor renovations. However, Maharjan said that the ward office did not allow the foundation to be laid with the intention of relocating the chaitya. Locals and conservation activists protested, saying the Antiquities Act does not prohibit the transfer of any property.
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