Kathmandu, June 20: Various donor agencies and international development partners have vowed to continue their support in Nepal's post-earthquake reconstruction.
Donors and development partners expressed theri commitment to extend support to the revised programs and financial plan for the five-year plan for post-earthquake reconstruction and rehabilitation that costs Rs. 630 billion.
Their commitment was expressed during the 9th meeting of the Development Assistance Coordination and Facilitation Committee (DACFC) held by the National Reconstruction Authority (NRA) today.
As per the new revised estimates, the total reconstruction cost for the properties damaged by the April 2015 earthquake has been put at Rs. 630 billion which is about Rs. 308 billion less than the initial estimates made in the immediate aftermath of the quake.
The NRA in consultation with the Ministry of Finance in 2016 had estimated the total cost as Rs. 938 billion.
At the meeting, Chief Executive Officer of the NRA Sushil Gyewali said that the new estimates were made after reducing the budget of the infrastructure like water supply, roads and bridges that would be built by the government and reconstruction of private houses and other structures by the national and international Non-Government Organisations. “Rs. 630 billion is the budget that is implemented by the NRA alone,” he said.
The NRA statistics show that about Rs. 291 billion will be spent by the end of the current fiscal year 2018/19. In his budget presentation for this fiscal year, Finance Minister Dr. Yuba Raj Khatiwada has allocated Rs. 141 billion budget for the reconstruction related works.
“There is a financial gap between the requirement and budget allocation," said Gyewali. "But we are in consultation with the Finance Ministry and development partners bridge this gap."
The NRA has urged the development partners to extend additional support in implementing economic and livelihood programs, localizing the disaster management work, and rebuilding of heritage settlements and urban structures.
It was also announced at the meeting that Nepal is set to organize an international conference to share the knowledge, experience and learning it has experienced during the post-quake reconstruction and rehabilitation with the international community.
“We have set some good models in the post-disaster reconstruction and management which can be replicated elsewhere in the world,” said Gyewali.
Acting Country Manager of the World Bank Kene Ezemenari expressed his satisfaction on the overall progress made in the post-quake reconstruction while the Head of Cooperation at the European Union Delegation to Nepal Ovidiu Mic said that the EU would continue to provide support in reconstruction.
Deputy Chief of Mission at the Embassy of India Dr. Ajaya Kumar said that India was working to provide the support it committed in the past. Likewise, representative from the Embassy of China in Kathmandu expressed Chinese commitment for necessary support in the future.
Similarly, the Department for International Development (UK), USAID, Asian Development Bank and Japan International Cooperation Agency also showed their readiness in helping Nepal in the post-quake reconstruction and rehabilitation.