KHALANGA, March 17: The master plan to develop Sinja valley as a religious, historic and tourist area has been put in uncertainty as no concrete efforts have been made in this regard, complained the local people. Sinja valley is where the Nepali language originated from and is listed on the UNESCO World Heritage List. The 10-year master plan brought 10 years ago by the Jumla Social Development Centre has been neglected, said Bhakta Bahadur Bogati, chairperson of the centre.
The then district development committee has endorsed the plan, but the respective ministry and sectors have yet to give nod in this regard, said Bogati. The district will cost a lot if the plan is not materialised at the earliest, he added. The plan includes construction of four-lane road, embankments, a museum, a hospital, a centre to treat snakebite patients and a college offering master’s degree programme and conversation of the dilapidated temples.
Without proper management, many religious sites, heritage, temples and structures have been in a dilapidated condition. Pandav Cave, Birat Palace and Kanakasundari Temple have been in disrepair. Likewise, Khas language and Sinja civilisation has been at risk of disappear. Debris of the ancient settlements and historic buildings has not been properly managed. In a conservation bid, preparations are underway to introduce school curriculum in Khas language, said Dewal Singh Rawal, chairperson of Sinja rural municipality.