NRA starts shifting risky settlement from SindhupalchokThe National Reconstruction Authority (NRA) has started relocation of the settlements from the disaster-prone areas in Sindhupalchok which was among the 14 districts worst hit by the twin earthquakes in 2015.
The National Reconstruction Authority (NRA) has started relocation of the settlements from the disaster-prone areas in Sindhupalchok which was among the 14 districts worst hit by the twin earthquakes in 2015.
Eighteen households from Gati VDC of the district, which was enlisted as an area at high risk of natural disasters in a geological survey carried out by the authority, have purchased land to build their house in Bahrabise Municipality-3. The government, on the recommendation of the authority, provides each beneficiary Rs200,000 in support to purchase land in a safer place for building house. They also get Rs300,000 in grant for the house construction. The victims purchased between 2.5 and 8 anna of land in Bahrabise for the purpose in coordination with the NRA and the District Administration Office.
“The relocation of the households from Sindhupalchok has started,” the NRA said in a statement. The disaster killed nearly 9,000 people, including 3,573 in the district.
The NRA, following a study in different parts of district affected by the quakes, had identified that 136 settlements needed to be relocated. Among them, 60 settlements from Sindhupalchok, Nuwakot, Dhading and Rasuwa needed total relocation with the others recommended for partial relocation. The survey showed that 2,361 households in those settlements were at high risk of floods or landslides. The victims will not be allowed to sell the land purchased from the government grant for 10 years.