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NRA chief asks housing grant beneficiaries to collect second tranche by mid-Nov

Kathmandu: The National Reconstruction Authority (NRA) has asked the beneficiaries of the private housing grant to collect the second tranche of housing grant by mid-November.

Addressing a function in Lalitpur on Friday, Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of NRA Sushil Gyewali urged all the beneficiaries of the grant to collect the second tranche of the grant as soon as possible.

The government had provided Rs 50,000 as first tranche of housing grant to those whose houses were damaged or destroyed in the 2015 earthquakes. The beneficiaries receive Rs 150,000 in the second tranche and Rs 100,000 in the third tranche.

The NRA has signed grant agreements with a total 7,76,910 households. Of them, 7,68,549 households have already collected the first tranche, while a total 6,12,105 households have collected the second tranche of the housing grant.

The number of household receiving third tranche of housing grant stands at 5,07,048. Altogether 469,259 houses that were damaged or destroyed by the earthquake have already been rebuilt while 1,94,456 houses are under construction.

Although 60 percent houses have already been reconstructed in earthquake-hit 32 districts, only 32 percent beneficiaries have received the third tranche of the housing grant in Lalitpur district. CEO Gyewali said it is necessary to look into the reasons behind the delay in the completion of the house reconstruction in urban areas.

Republica - October 19 2019

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