Multiple land ownership land delays rebuildingMultiple ownership of land has delayed construction of private houses of Gorkha Earthquake victims recently registered as beneficiaries of reconstruction grants.
Multiple ownership of land has delayed construction of private houses of Gorkha Earthquake victims recently registered as beneficiaries of reconstruction grants.
The District Project Implementation Unit of Earthquake Housing Reconstruction Project says the reconstruction process has delayed in case of beneficiaries who have legally partitioned separate dwelling units, but have joint ownership over land.
Information Technology specialist at the Unit, Rakesh Maharjan said, “Many extended families in urban areas share living space by partitioning one small house. This has delayed the construction of houses for earthquake beneficiaries in urban setting.”
Immediately after the earthquake of April 25, 2015, many families scrambled to divide the family properties to access the grants announced by the National Reconstruction Authority (NRA) for the victims.
The delays in constructing private houses prevails more in urban areas compared to rural while accessing the second and third tranche of grants.
Surprisingly, only 290 out of 5,169 beneficiary households in Lalitpur Metropolitan City have so far received the third grant.
The number of beneficiary households in the district had surged to 27,718 including households added after survivors’ complaints for the same were redressed. The authority signed the memorandum of understanding (MoU) for grants with only 23,835 beneficiaries.
Among the identified beneficiaries, 98 percent signed the MoU for first instalment, 28 percent for the second and 14 percent for third.