It has been 18 years since a fire destroyed the Tanahun home of Aadikabi (Pioneer Poet) Bhanubhakta Acharya. However, it has yet to be rebuilt.
The Prithvi Highway’s expansion from Muglin to Pokhara appears set to claim the well and the nearby Bhanu-Ghansi Memorial Park. The local government has urged the authorities to widen the road while preserving the historic well. But no decision has been made, and if work continues as it is, the well will be buried and the park will be destroyed. The locals are concerned about this.
The ‘Sikharkateri’ house was last repaired in 1998 for the filming of Yadav Kharel’s ‘Adikabi Bhanubhakta.’ However, it caught fire and burned down on April 23, 2003. Many officials have promised to rebuild the house and restore its glory since then. However, nothing has been done thus far.
“But work hasn’t moved an inch since then,” said Purna Bahadur Laudaribhat, Chairman of Bhanu Municipality Ward No. 4.
“The plan was to build an entire area dedicated to Adikabi Acharya on 10 ropanis of land, including his house, a pond, flower gardens, a museum, Chautaris, and many other structures,” Shankar Ranabhat, former executive director of the Bhanu Birthplace Development Committee, explained. “However, we have been unable to put it into action because the committee has been without officials for the last four years.”