Reconstruction pace slow in Lamjung

LAMJUNG: Reconstruction of houses brought down by the 2015 earthquake has failed to pick up pace in Lamjung district.

Number of people who received the third instalment of the housing grant in the district was only 404, according to the grant management and local infrastructure division of District Project Implementation Unit, National Reconstruction Authority (NRA) in Lamjung.

According to the division, among the 13,979 earthquake beneficiaries identified in the district, 13,313 households have received the first tranche of the grant. However, among the 539 households that were in the retrofitting list, only 295 households received Rs 50,000 as first instalment, informed Shiva Regmi, focal person at the District Project Office.

Similarly, 6,855 complaints have been received for not receiving the grant despite being on the list, Regmi added.

So far, 171 households in Besisahar Municipality, 118 in Marsyangdi Rural Municipality, 79 in Dudhpokhari Rural Municipality, 45 in Madhya Nepal Municipality, 22 in Kaholasothar Rural Municipality, eight in Dordi Rural Municipality and one in Rainas Municipality have received the third instalment of the grant after they completed construction of the houses.

The number of households that are applying for the first instalment has reduced significantly.

In comparison to the first instalment, the disbursement of fund for second and third instalment is very low. In the district, only 4,427 households have received the second instalment of the grant. Among them, 200 households were provided with the first and second instalments of the grant through non-government organisations.

According to Lok Raj Pandey, Chief District Coordinator, reconstruction of houses in the district has been slow due to its geographical remoteness and delay in mobilisation of technicians.

In lack of the technicians, there has been a delay in checking of the under-construction houses and their recommendations, however, NRA has already increased the number of technicians, added Pandey.