The Embassy of India in Nepal and the Central Level Project Implementation Unit (Building) of National Reconstruction Authority today signed Memorandum of Understandings for reconstruction of 14 cultural heritage projects in Lalitpur, Nuwakot, Rasuwa, and Dhading districts, and 103 health sector projects in Lalitpur, Rasuwa, Nuwakot, Sindhupalchowk, Ramechhap, Dolakha, Gulmi, Gorkha, and Kavre districts.

The MoUs were signed by both sides in the presence of First Secretary of Development Partnership and Reconstruction Karun Bansal and Project Director of CLPIU (Building) Shyam Kishore Singh.

These projects, damaged during the 2015 earthquake, will be reconstructed at a cost of Rs 420 crores, said the embassy. CLPIU (Building) of NRA is the implementing agency of both the projects related to health and cultural heritage sites.

Officials of the Embassy of India, Central Level Project Implementation Unit (Building) and representatives from the Government of India's project consultants INTACH and CBRI attended the signing of the MoUs. Under the post-quake reconstruction package, the Government of India has allocated a total grant of USD 250 million, including USD 50 million each for education, cultural heritage and health sector, and USD 100 million for the housing sector.

A total of 71 educational sector projects, 28 cultural heritage sector projects in seven districts, 147 health facilities in 10 districts and construction of 50,000 houses in Gorkha and Nuwakot districts is being undertaken with the grant assistance of the Government of India.

According to the embassy, the Government of India is committed to bolstering reconstruction efforts of Nepal government in all these sectors.

A version of this article appears in the print on September 4 2021, of The Himalayan Times.