A Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) was signed on 9th May 2012 between Embassy of India, Kathmandu, District Development Committee, Dolpa and Bala Tripurasundari Trust for providing Indian grant assistance of NRs. 3.33 crores for renovation, conservation and preservation of Shree Bala Tripurasundari Bhagwati Temple under Nepal-India Economic Cooperation Programme. This is the first project being undertaken with Indian assistance under Small Development Projects in Dolpa District.
Shree Bala Tripurasundari Bhagwati Temple is situated at Tripurakot on the banks of glacial river Thuli Bheri in Dolpa District. The structure of the temple is dilapidated and is in danger of collapsing without proper renovation. It is a historic structure and is said to be more than 900 years old, having great socio-cultural relevance in the life of the people of Dolpa District. Therefore, it is not only a religious place but also has architectural and historic importance. The renovation of the temple will upgrade the physical structure of the temple and improve the facilities available in the temple for over 20000 pilgrims visiting the temple every year.
The project will be implemented by the District Development Committee, Dolpa in accordance with the existing norms and regulations of the Government of Nepal. They will also be responsible for ensuring the quality of construction of the project and ensure its timely completion. The agreement stipulates the constitution of an oversight committee, comprising representatives of local development and administrative authorities as well as representative of the Trust to ensure the participation of the local community in the project for its implementation in a time bound manner.
Recognizing the importance of accelerating growth in Nepal, India remains committed to rendering all possible assistance in that direction. The India – Nepal Economic Programme has an outlay of over NRs. 6,000 crores with more than 415 large and small development projects completed or currently being implemented in almost all the districts of Nepal. These development projects mainly in the sectors of education, health and infrastructure development have been undertaken in response to local needs, and in partnership with the Government of Nepal.