Kathmandu, January 22
The Government of India has announced that it has handed over 45,000 private houses that have been reconstructed with its support in Gorkha and Nuwakot districts.
Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi jointly handed over the houses to the concerned beneficiaries through a video conference held today.
During the video conference, Prime Minister Oli said he is delighted to learn that 50,000 private houses in Gorkha and Nuwakot are being constructed with the grant support of the Indian government.
“I remember, in your leadership, the Indian government had promptly and practically mobilized resources for the rescue and relief of earthquake-affected people immediately after the April 2015 earthquake,” PM Oli said. He also thanked the Indian PM and his government for these projects.
Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi said that India worked hand in hand with its Nepali friends in the post-earthquake reconstruction and said that being a close neighbour and friend, it is their duty as well.
“It is very satisfying that 45,000 houses have already been reconstructed out of 50,000 houses under the India-Nepal cooperation," PM Modi further said, adding, "I am hopeful that the remaining houses will also be completed soon and those houses could be soon handed over to Nepali brothers and sisters.”
He also expressed satisfaction that the commendable progress has been made in the reconstruction of private houses in Gorkha and Nuwakot districts.
India is providing a total of Rs. 15 billion for reconstruction of 50,000 houses in Gorkha and Nuwakot. The support provided by India is provided to the earthquake-affected beneficiaries in the form of the government grant of Rs. 300,000 each for the reconstruction of private houses.
Out of Rs. 15 billion, Rs. 10 billion is grant and Rs. 5 billion rupees is loan in subsidized rates.
Out of the 50,000 houses to be reconstructed under the grant, 26,912 houses are in Gorkha and 23,088 houses are in Nuwakot.
India had committed Rs. 25 billion of grant and Rs. 75 billion of subsidized loan.
Through the same video conference, the Integrated Check-Post (ICP) constructed with the Indian support in Budhnagar of Biratnagar Metropolitan City in Morang was also handed over to Nepal.