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62 percent houses reconstructed, 24 percent under-construction

Kathmandu, November 22: Sixty two percent houses have been reconstructed while 24 percent of the houses are currently under-construction. As per the figures provided by Chief Executive Officer of the National Reconstruction Authority (NRA) Sushil Gyewali at the meeting of the Development and Technology Committee of the Federal Parliament held today, 479,545 houses have already been reconstructed while 189,141 houses are currently under-construction.

With these figures, CEO Gyewali said that 86 percent progress has been made in the post-earthquake reconstruction of private houses.

The private housing grant agreement has been signed with 776,427 beneficiaries and 99 percent of them have received the first tranche of Rs. 50,000, 80 percent have received the second tranche of Rs. 150,000 and 67 percent of have received the third tranche of Rs. 100,000. The government had decided to provide grant assistance of Rs. 300,000 to encourage the earthquake beneficiaries to rebuild their houses as per the guidelines provided by the NRA to build earthquake-resilient houses.

The NRA also informed that it has resettled 4,204 beneficiaries to the safer areas out of 4,929 beneficiaries. And, arrangements have been made to constructed houses of 8,286 landless beneficiaries out of 8,744 beneficiaries.

As per the data available till today, out of 7,553 schools needed to be rebuilt, 71 percent of them have been reconstructed while 24 percent are currently under-construction.

Similarly, 58 percent of 1,197 health institutions have already been rebuilt while 14 percent is currently under-construction.

As far as the reconstruction of cultural heritage sites is concerned, 51 percent of 753 sites have been reconstructed and restored while work is on-going to restore in 16 percent of the monuments.

CEO Gyewali informed the parliamentaty committee that reconstruction is in full swing in Ranipokhari, Dharahara, Singha Durbar and Kasthmandap.

Chairperson of the Committee Kalyani Khadka expressed satisfaction over the work being carried out as per the directives of the committee and stressed that special efforts should be made to ensure that not a single beneficiary is left to reconstruction a house.

She directed the NRA to give special attention on subsidized loan disbursement, livelihood programs and reconstruction of the old parliamentary building at Singha Durbar.

Member of Parliament Ganesh Pahadi praised the reconstruction works and stressed on the need to focus on retrofitting to restore old houses and government buildings.

Another Member of Parliament Bina Shrestha asked the NRA to focus on reconstruction of monuments at the Basantapur Durbar area.

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