Bhaktapur Municipality has recently opened its six tourist service centers which were closed due to Covid-19 lockdown. The lockdown was started nationwide on March 24, 2020 which is yet to end but unofficial loose down have been drawing people for public appearances.
A worker wearing the protective dress cleaning the Bhaktapur Durbar Square area. Picture:Wave Magazine
As per Bhaktapur Municipality, these tourist centers are opened and staffs who were idle, coming on regularly and being engaged. Now, offices are being cleaned, painted in order to restart the service. The municipal office has 14 tourist service centers, however only eight of them are resumed. All 14 centers employ 49 people.
Cleaning staffs of Municipality regularly deploying to remove weeds and pick garbage from Durbar Square and other tourist places of Bhaktapur.
A porter walks passed by paved stone at Nyatapola Temple in Bhaktapur. Picture: Jitendra Bajracharya
2.5km stretch from Bharbacho to Chamashingh, 200 metre stretch from Ram Mandir to Bulucha, and over 150 metre stretch from Dhoka Phalcha to Barahi Mandir were stone-paved during the lockdown by Bhaktapur Municipality.
Although, there is no formal announcement when domestic flights and public transportation start their service to connect all Nepal but Government, especially tourism department is planning to promote domestic tourism granting paid leave to government job holders.