Kathmandu- The National Reconstruction Authority (NRA) has urged beneficiaries to take the second tranche of housing grant for the earthquake victims within mid-November.
The deadline has been set for those beneficiaries who took the first installment by mid-July 2018, said NRA’s Chief Executive Officer Sushil Gyawali at a press meet here on Friday. The government has been providing the earthquake survivors with Rs 50,000 in the first installment, Rs 150,000 in second and Rs 100,000 in the third tranche.
Agreements were reached with a total of 776,910 beneficiaries for the grant to construct private houses damaged by the quake. Of them, 768,549 received the first installment, 612,105 second tranche and 57,048 third installments. A total of 4,69,259 quake-damaged houses have already been reconstructed so far while 1,94,456 houses that were partially damaged are under-reconstruction.\
Of the houses sustaining damages during the earthquake in 32 quake-hit districts, 60 per cent have been rebuilt already, it was shared. Pointing out the need to take stock of the delays surrounding the reconstruction of quake-damaged houses in the quake, Chief Executive Officer Gyawali directed the staffers to expedite the reconstruction process. Deputy Director of the Central Project Implementation Unit’s Aid Management and Local Infrastructure Narayan Prasad Shrestha called for cooperation from all quarters to accelerate the post-quake reconstruction for the private houses that incurred partial and complete damages in the quake.
Likewise, Chief of Aid Management and Local Infrastructure of Lalitpur Division, Shivaram Gelal, shared that there were many reasons delaying the post-quake reconstruction process. Only 32 per cent of the total beneficiaries in Patan have received the third-installment of reconstruction grant.
He reasoned that dispute in the ownership of land, lack of interest from the beneficiaries for receiving second installment of the reconstruction grant, inability of the landless to enter agreement for reconstruction grant and the like had caused the delay in post-quake reconstruction process.