NRNA to rebuild houses in Laprak

Kathmandu, November 21

The National Reconstruction Authority (NRA) has decided to allow Non-Resident Nepali Association (NRNA) to rebuild individual houses in earthquake shattered Laprak village of the Gorkha district.

Immediately after the earthquake, NRNA had announced it would rebuild all affected individual houses of the entire Laprak village. While the Grant Distribution Guideline of the NRA allowed the NRNA to distribute grant to the earthquake survivors to rebuild their homes in the same way that the government has been doing, the NRNA was demanding the NRA to allow it to rebuild individual houses in Laprak.

The NRA has settled the issue after a long time as the locals from Laprak recently submitted a memorandum to the Prime Minister and Steering Committee Chair of NRA Pushpa Kamal Dahal. Following the demand of the locals, the NRA has allowed NRNA to rebuild individual houses in Laprak.

After receiving permission from the NRA, the NRNA has said that the works to rebuild the houses will begin from tomorrow.

“We had been seeking NRA’s approval to build a model settlement in Laprak since long,” said Shesh Ghale, president of NRNA, adding, “We will try to rebuild the houses in Laprak as soon as possible considering the hardships being faced by the earthquake survivors living in makeshift shelters.”

There were altogether 600 houses in Laprak village. Apart from reconstruction of individual houses, NRNA will also set up enterprises at the local level so that Laprak villagers can engage in income-generating activities in their own village.

Khalsa Aid, UK rebuilds school

KATHMANDU: Khalsa Aid, UK has reconstructed a primary school in Namjung VDC of Gorkha district and handed it over to the school management committee on Sunday. The well-facilitated five-room school building was rebuilt at the total cost of Rs 1.89 million, according to a press statement. “Khalsa’s mandate is to work for immediate rescue and relief in the places where disaster occurs, but we have rebuilt the school in the village of Gorkha as a memento in the village where we conducted rescue and relief operation immediately after the devastating earthquake of last year,” the statement has quoted Khalsa Aid’s India Branch Managing Director Amar Pratap Singh as saying during the handover ceremony.