GYAN P NEUPANE
KATHMANDU, Oct 27: The Kathmandu Metropolitan City (KMC) office has started preparations to felicitate Indian President Pranab Mukherjee in capital Kathmandu during his state visit to Nepal from November 2.
The KMC will host the civic reception program at Rastriya Sabhagriha [City Hall] at Pradarsani Marga on November 3, where the country organized the 18th South Asian Association of Regional Cooperation (SAARC) summit in 2014.
During the program KMC’s chief and executive officer Rudra Singh Tamang will honor President Mukherjee with the felicitation certificate and also present metropolitan’s key as a symbolic gesture.
“As per our government’s directives we are planning to host civic reception program at the City Hall,” said an official at the KMC, asking for anonymity.
Officials at the KMC informed that the program will be based on the idea of welcoming Mukherjee on behalf of Kathmanduites. CEO Tamang is going to welcome the Indian president as the representative of the Kathmanduites as there is no mayor in the metropolitan city at present.
Last time, during the then Indian President K R Narayan’s state visit to Nepal in 1998, the then acting Mayor of KMC Bidur Mainali had also done the same job in the capital, according to KMC officials.
“Various community groups from different parts of Kathmandu will also stage cultural demonstration to welcome the Indian head of state,” said the official.
“We are going to host another major event at the City Hall after successful completion of the 18th SAARC summit at the same venue,” another official said. “We are also mobilizing our workers and equipments to clean the city.”
During his three-day visit, the Indian president is also expected to visit some other religious, cultural, historic and tourist places located in various parts of the four municipalities outside the capital too.
The Ministry of Federal Affairs and Local Development ordered four municipality offices of Janakpur sub-Metropolitan, Pokhara sub-Metropolitan, Lumbini Cultural Municipality and Dhulikhel Municipality ordered them to make preparations to welcome him in their respective towns.
First appeared in Republica