58,656 houses built for quake survivors

Kathmandu, October 15

As many as 58,656 houses have been constructed so far for quake survivors in 14 districts worst affected by the 2015 earthquakes.

According to National Reconstruction Authority, 142,863 houses were undergoing construction.

Engineer at National Reconstruction Authority Praveen Acharya shared that the number of constructed and under-construction houses might increase as some houses are yet to be enlisted in the system due to Dashain and Tihar.

He added that the ratio of construction of the houses was increasing after National Reconstruction Authority fixed the deadline for the construction of houses with government grants.

The recent meeting of the National Reconstruction Authority chaired by Prime Minister Sher Bahadur Deuba had directed the grant recipients should receive the second instalment before January 13.

Meanwhile, a new regulation has permitted earthquake survivors to reconstruct their homes damaged in the 2015 earthquake in the neighbouring district as well.

The new provision has been made in the earthquake-affected private house reconstruction grant distribution procedures (first amendment).

As per the procedures, recipients of the vulnerable settlements will be entitled to Rs 200,000 to purchase land plot and Rs 300,000 to build a house in a different location or in the adjoining district.