Kathmandu, October 7
The National Reconstruction Authority (NRA) has approved the initial planning of three integrated settlements. The meeting of the NRA executive committee led by its Chief Executive Officer Sushil Gyewali took a decision to this effect today.
The meeting has approved Phuyal Gaun integrated model settlement in Malekhu Rural Municipality-3 of Okhaldhunga. It has also approved plan to build Majhi integrated settlement in Sangachowkgadhi Municipality-14 of Sindhupalchowk and the Sirjanshil integrated settlement in Shankharapur Municipality-7 of Kathmandu.
Likewise, meeting has also approved the plan to construct the Community Reconstruction Tourism Promotion Project in Giranchaur, Melamchi Municipality-14 of Sindhupalchowk.
As per the proposal, Phuyal Gaun integrated model settlement will include 12 households, Majhi integrated settlement will include 56 households and the Sirjanshil integrated settlement will have 16 households. Meanwhile, the Community Reconstruction Tourism Promotion Project will include 135 households.
On February 3, NRA had also initiated the process to establish an integrated settlement in Nuwakot for victims of the April 2015 earthquake. A settlement was established at Suryagadhi Rural Municipality-4 for 14 families.
Last year, NRA had initiated and framed ‘Integrated Settlement Development Procedure’ for 14 earthquake-affected districts. It has a provision which mentions that if a community with 10 families or more decides to build an integrated settlement, then NRA will provide support for development. However, there is a clause that says there must be proof the earlier settlement is a risk for residential purposes. As per provision, victims can opt for either guided land development, land readjustment, site and services or cash to buy their site and services.
As per the procedure formed by NRA, if affected people want to build an integrated settlement, they need to submit physical infrastructural aspects, financial aspects, social aspects, economic aspects, managerial aspects and other cultural, environmental aspects for implementation of the plan. If the proposal meets aforementioned criteria then NRA provides Rs 500,000 per family for mountainous region, Rs 400,000 for hilly region and Rs 300,000 for Tarai region.
A version of this article appears in print on October 08, 2018 of The Himalayan Times.