Damauli, June 4
Reconstruction of more than 300 school buildings damaged in the earthquakes last year has begun in Tanahun district.
District Education Office, Tanahun said that work was under way to rebuild school buildings that were completely destroyed by the quake under the Physical Infrastructure Programme.
Sub-engineer at DEO Shambhu Poudel said that the budget for reconstruction was set at Rs 29 crore. Construction work of Rs 22 crore would be completed this year. Poudel added that all renovation works would be completed by June 29.
Sources at the DEO said that the budget for the second phase of works was already sent to the respective schools’ accounts.
The DEO has also said that repairs of 25 community schools destroyed by gales had started, and Rs 13 lakhs had been offered to schools for that purpose.
Sub-engineer at DEO Sujan Bhattarai said that Shankar Primary School of Shyagha VDC, Bridashram Primary School and Jana Shakti Primary School of Bhimad VDC, Saraswati Lower Secondary School, and Bal Bikas Higher Secondary School of Bhirkot, among other schools are under repair. It has also been reported that the schools have been conducting classes in the open after the roofs and the buildings of the schools were blown away by the storm.
Almost all schools in Tanahun have been running classes in temporary huts and out in the open ever since the massive earthquake of April 25 and its aftershocks.
A version of this article appears in print on June 05, 2016 of The Himalayan Times.