Nepal | November 21, 2018

DEO team to inspect schools that need to be demolished

Himalayan News Service
School children passing their break time as they take class in makeshift tents in Basantapur, Kathmandu on Thursday., June 11, 2015.  Photo: THT

School children passing their break time as they take class in makeshift tents in Basantapur, Kathmandu on Thursday., June 11, 2015. Photo: THT

KATHMANDU: The District Education Office, Kathmandu, on Tuesday said a high level technical committee will inspect the buildings of some public schools that need to be demolished.

Giridhar Mishra, an engineer at DEO, said that a committee of four engineers under the coordination of an engineer from the Department of Education will inspect the buildings and recommend the government for appropriate action.

Other members of the committee include one engineer each from the DoE, DEO and National Society for Earthquake Technology.

Mishra, a committee member, said the team will give top priority to Durbar High School as it is country’s oldest public school and suffered huge infrastructural damage.

In addition, the team will be inspecting Naba Adarsha School in Basantapur, Himalayan Secondary School in New Road, Bal Sewa Secondary School in Jhochhen, Arunodaya Secondary School in Dhokatol and Kanti Ishwori Rajya Laxmi Secondary School in Pyafal.

Since these school buildings cannot be retrofitted, they need to be demolished, he said.

“After a field survey on June 19, the committee will recommend the government to demolish them and begin reconstruction works for new buildings,” he added.

According to Mishra, the government has been providing Rs 2.4 million to construct a four-room building for schools and other resources should be managed by schools themselves.

DEO Kathmandu has already retrofitted 95 schools. Retrofitting buildings of 20 schools will start soon. Similarly, DEO is planning to retrofit 40 more school buildings in the coming days.


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