Nepal | January 24, 2019

Reconstruction resource centres scrapped

Himalayan News Service
Quake victims queuing to receive relief amount distributed by the government at Panchkhal Municipality, in Kavre, on Monday. Photo: THT

Quake victims queuing to receive relief amount distributed by the government at Panchkhal Municipality, in Kavre, in June 2015. Photo: THT

Kavre, August 25

The National Reconstruction Authority today scrapped the reconstruction resource centres in Kavre at a time when the government is signing contracts with quake victims to provide grant for reconstruction of houses damaged in the powerful earthquake of April last year.

The NRA had established 21 resource centres in the five municipalities and 75 VDCs for reconstruction in the district five months ago.

Accordingly the authority had directed the District Disaster Rescue Committee to choose suitable places to set up the centres.

National Reconstruction Authority Kavre Sub-regional Office Section Officer Chanchal Kumar Khadka said the authority had proposed to set up only one reconstruction centre in each constituency of the district instead of 21 centres as proposed before.

“With the decision, the government deployed civil servants supposed to work in the centres in the VDCs and municipalities,” he said.

“The authority abruptly changed its plan at a time when we were planning to set up a centre that would incorporate five to six VDCs and a municipality. The plan was in the final stage. However, the new plan is yet to be endorsed,” he said.

Earlier, as many as 152 engineers, 74 sub-engineers and 67 assistant sub-engineers were supposed to be deployed.

“But with the new proposal, preparation to send 139 engineers to the district is under way,” said Urban Development and Building Division Office District Division Chief Asta Lal Suwal.


A version of this article appears in print on August 26, 2016 of The Himalayan Times.


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