The Himalayan Times, 23 Aug 2017
In a historic move, the government today decided to nationalise seven palaces, including the Narayanhiti Royal Palace, held by the king Gyanandra.
The cabinet meeting held at the Prime Minister’s residence in Baluwatar decided to nationalise the Narayanhiti Royal Palace, where the king lives , the Hanumandhoka Palace, the Lalitpur Palace, the Bhaktapur Palace, Gorakha Palace, Lamjung Palace and Nuwakot Palace along with a total of 1,533 ropanies of land the palaces occupy. They all had remained as private property of the king. Three of them figure in the UNESCO’s list of world heritage sites.
This is the first time in Nepal’s history that the government has decided to nationalise the property and the palaces occupied by the king. Earlier, palaces built and occupied by the Rana rulers were nationalised by the governments after the toppling of the Rana regime in 1950.
Emerging from the cabinet meeting, government spokesperson and Minister for Information and Communication Krishna Bahadur Mahara told media persons that the cabinet meeting approved a report of a minister-level committee and decided to nationalise them. Mahara said that the government would utilise the Narayanhiti Royal Palace while the six others which are of historical and archaeological importance would be handled and managed by the Department of Archaeology.