Kathmandu, January 13
National Reconstruction Authority has decided to allow earthquake victims living in vulnerable areas to choose land in safer places for building their houses.
According to NRA Spokesperson Yam Lal Bhusal, the office has identified 2,400 families that are living in 190 vulnerable areas. The land there has developed cracks because of the 2015 earthquakes. “Of them, nearly 300 families have already been shifted to safer zones,” he said.
According to NRA, 71 families in vulnerable areas of remote Urleni village in Nuwakot were shifted to Tadi Rural Municipality. However, only 24 families have moved to the new location. NRA had brought eight ropani land at the cost of Rs 4,800,000 as per the consent of the quake victims.
Likewise, NRA has also started shifting quake victims in Barabise of Sindhupalchowk, the district worst affected by the earthquakes, to safer locations after identifying 18 areas as vulnerable. “But there is a long list of such victims in Rasuwa, Dhading and Nuwakot districts.”
Bhusal said people also were facing difficulty due to the provision that restricts purchase and sale of land for 10 years and the three month’s deadline to rebuild houses.
According to him, the number of people shifting to government designated areas was not satisfactory.
Talking to The Himalayan Times, Bhotekoshi Rural Municipality Chair Raj Kumar Paudel said out of nearly 900 families living in vulnerable areas, 600 families chose to purchase residential plots individually.
Remote places of the district such as Yarmashinga, Bhumachaur and Duguna are vulnerable. “Nearly 200 families of those areas are being shifted to Maywasti area of the rural municipality.
That is why we have now decided to encourage earthquake victims of the vulnerable areas to choose land on their own,” NRA Spokesperson Bhusal said.
NRA provides Rs 200,000 to earthquake victim households in vulnerable areas and those who own land of their own. Bhusal also said that NRA provided the amount after completion of the preliminary process for land purchase by the victims.
NRA had declared 190 areas as vulnerable for housing after a geological study conducted in nearly 700 areas of the country.
A version of this article appears in print on January 14, 2018 of The Himalayan Times.