Minister of Urban Development Mohammad Istiyak Rai today said his ministry would form a separate architecture council.

Addressing National Architecture Conference organised by Society of Nepalese Architects in Kathmandu, Minister Rai said a separate council was necessary as it was a different realm of engineering. He urged architects to help develop physical infrastructure by preserving ancient heritage and civilisation for sustainable development.

At the programme, Secretary Kedar Bahadur Adhikari at the Ministry of Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation expressed confidence that the conference will be crucial in making physical structures artistic.