Gender, disabled-friendly building stressed

Kathmandu, January 15

Speakers at a programme today highlighted e need to develop gender-friendly reconstruction in the aftermath of the massive quake.

Speaking at a programme organised here today by National Election Observation Committee, Dr Bimala Rai Poudel, former member of National Planning Commission, today said reconstruction works after the quake should be gender and disabled-friendly.

She said that practical problems in management of identity cards provided to quake victims should be managed at the earliest and facilities should be provided to these families for reconstruction of their shelters .

Surya Prasad Shrestha, chairperson of NEOC and former election commissioner said that personnel involved in reconstruction of new houses should be careful about matching the cultural aspects of any particular place with the technical aspects of new buildings.

He also stressed on assuring that new constructions are easy to use for women, children, senior citizens and disabled people.

Shrestha demanded that the government develop a new mechanism to inform people about the stages of reconstruction activities.