BIRGUNJ: Deputy Prime Minister Ishwar Pokharel has said that the Nepal Army should complete construction of the houses for those affected by the powerful storm in Bara and Parsa districts without any delay. The federal government has given the responsibility for the construction of houses there to the Nepal Army.

Talking to mediapersons, Defence Minister Pokharel, who arrived here today to inspect the storm-affected Puraiya of Pheta Rural Municipality in Bara district, clarified that the NA would fulfil its responsibility of constructing houses. He said, "There will be no policy-level obstacles in the task of constructing houses for storm-affected people. It will not be affected by any political pressure."

Expressing confidence that Province 2 government would not express dissatisfaction on this issue, DPM Pokharel shared that a committee had been formed under the coordination of chief secretary of the province.

House construction would begin at 12 storm-affected places of Bara and Parsa districts simultaneously by forming 12 groups, from May 4, in which 750 engineers would be deployed, he added.

Similarly, Chief of Army Staff, Purna Chandra Thapa said that a two-room house would be constructed for each family as per the cabinet decision.

The federal government has provided Rs 846.87 million to NA for the construction of 1,453 houses in Bara and Parsa districts.