Kathmandu, April 25: The National Reconstruction Authority (NRA) and the Kathmandu Metropolitan City jointly organized a memorial function at Basantapur Durbar Square today on the fourth anniversary of the earthquake on April 25, 2015.
Felicitation letters were given to various municipalities and rural municipalities and district project implementation units for their best performances in various areas, at the function organized with Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli as the chief guest.
At the memorial function, PM Oli expressed confidence that the reconstruction of private houses and government buildings would be completed as well as the heritage buildings within the current tenure of the NRA. He said, "It is not necessary to have any controversy in the post-earthquake reconstruction, and we should also not distort our historical legacy."
NRA Chief Executive Officer Sushil Gyewali urged everyone to work together to make Nepal's reconstruction a model and exemplary.
Mayor of the Kathmandu Metropolitan City Bidhya Sundar Shakya informed that the Metropolitan City is striving for the reconstruction of heritages and private houses within the metropolitan areas.
NRA Secretary Arjun Kumar Karki had given the welcome speech.
At the function, Naukunda Rural Municipality in Rasuwa, Barpak Sulikot Rural Municipality in Gorkha and Kalinchowk Rural Municipality in Dolakha along with Ward No. 2 from Balephi Rural Muncipality in Sindhupalchowk among the wards of the local levels were given felicitation letters for their best performances in reconstruction of private houses.
Likewise, District Project Implementation Unit (Grants Management and Local Infrastructure) Rasuwa, Gorkha and Dolakha were given felicitation letters. District Project Implementation Units (Buildings) Sindhupalchowk, Dolakha and Gorkha were also felicitated. And District Project Implementation Unit (Education) Ramechhap, Kavre and Kathmandu were given felicitation letters for their best works in the reconstruction of public schools.
Tribute was paid to citizens who lost their lives in the 2015 earthquake in the memorial function.
After the function, PM Oli observed structures in and around the Basantapur Durbar Square, including Kasthamandap and the nine-storey palace. After observing Kasthamandap temple, PM Oli wrote on the visitors' book, "I am happy to see the motivation and confidence of the entire team. The progress is satisfactory."
PM Oli had observed the Tripura Sundari temple being reconstructed in Tripureshwar before the memorial function.