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Rs 2 lakh spent on Nepal King's loo!

The cash-strapped kingdom had to spend a whopping two lakh rupees on erecting a loo for King.

india Updated: Feb 15, 2006 20:20 IST

The cash-strapped Himalayan kingdom of Nepal had to spend a whopping two lakh rupees (Nepali) on erecting an ultra modern lavish bathroom for King Gyanendra and his wife, who went on a three-week long unofficial tour to the eastern districts last month.

Besides, the bills raised in commuting the Royal couple to the destination in a helicopter, and the amount spent in putting up welcome arches for the duo, were also debited to the government exchequer.

Interestingly, the amount spent on erecting the makeshift bathroom was much more than what the government had paid as compensation to the families of one cab driver and a politician who were killed by Maoists during the past one month.

A leading Nepali weekly "The Jana Astha" said in an article published in its latest edition: "The kings of other countries lead ordinary lives. They will wear a poor man's clothes and eat ordinary food. But during his trip to eastern Nepal our king stayed at the regional headquarters of the Armed Police Force where the walls of the VIP guesthouse were torn down to build a toilet."

The irony is that after having built such a costly loo, the Nepali government has no idea what to do with it.

After the royal couple left, it has been locked up and no one has been allowed to use it, Female first quoted the Nepali weekly as saying.

Since last month, when the government began a massive crackdown on opposition parties and arrested hundreds of activists, a large group of women were detained in the same place.

However, the detainees were not allowed to use the hallowed toilet, but instead asked to use the police constables' toilet that does not even have electricity.

First Published: Feb 15, 2006 19:49 IST