KATHMANDU: The government on Monday decided to mark 2012 as the Lumbini Visit Year, and constituted a high-level committee for the development of Lumbini area in the leadership of UCPN-Maoist Chairman Pushpa Kamal Dahal. Lumbini, a UNESCO world heritage site, is the birthplace of Lord Buddha.
After the Cabinet meeting this evening, Deputy Prime Minister Narayan Kaji Shrestha, also the government spokesperson, informed that the decisions aim at drawing the world’s attention towards the Lumbini area, promote tourism there and develop it.
The newly constituted Lumbini Area Development National Directive Committee has six members in it, including the vice chairman of Lumbini Development Trust.
According to the Cabinet decision, the committee will prepare master plans for the development of historic Lumbini area incorporating three districts–Rupandehi, Kapilvastu and Nawalparasi.
Also, the Cabinet decided to organise the national sports in Kailali and Kanchanpur districts from October 31 to November 7.