NRA announces 2-day commemorationThe National Reconstruction Authority (NRA) has finalised two-day programme to commemorate the first anniversary of devastating Gorkha Earthquake.
The National Reconstruction Authority (NRA) has finalised two-day programme to commemorate the first anniversary of devastating Gorkha Earthquake.
Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli is scheduled to lay foundation stone of quake victims’ houses in Chautara, Sindhupalchok and in Rumjatar, Okhaldhunga on Sunday as part of the commemoration, according to the NRA. The authority, which has been widely criticised for delaying post-earthquake reconstruction, is planning to expand rebuilding projects in 11 of the 14 worst-hit districts where detailed damaged assessment are on the verge of completion. Assessment in Kathmandu, Bhaktapur and Lalitpur districts are expected to start at the end of this month.
Besides the private housing, the NRA is set to rebuild 176 temporary government buildings immediately. The Ministry of Urban Development has taken lead to this effect. “We want to complete these temporary buildings within six months,” said Urban Development Secretary Deependera Nath Sharma.
The ministry is mobilising around 2,400 engineers for reconstruction in all quake-affected districts by April-end. “The engineers will be deployed to the districts to help villagers rebuild homes that are quake resilient,” said Sharma. (PR)