Closing ceremony of reconstruction of 50,000 Indian government- funded houses «

Closing ceremony of reconstruction of 50,000 Indian government- funded houses

Embassy of India in Nepal, in association with National Reconstruction Authority (NRA), UNDP and UNOPS organized an event in Kathmandu today to mark the successful completion of Government of India- funded reconstruction of 50,000 houses in Gorkha and Nuwakot districts.

The event was attended by Namgya C. Khampa, Deputy Chief of Mission, Embassy of India Kathmandu, CEO NRA Sushil Gyawali, Mayor of  Palungtar municipality in Gorkha, Deputy Mayor of Bidur municipality in Nuwakot as well as representatives of NDRRMA, several GoN agencies, UNDP and UNOPS, EU, USAID, World Bank, ADB, JICA, FNCDO as well as respective Nagarpalikas and  Gaunpalikas.

During the event, Khampa announced that 50,000 private houses as committed by Government of India have been completed with Owner Driven Reconstruction Approach adopted by Government of Nepal. UNDP and UNOPS were engaged by Government of India in March 2018 to provide socio-technical facilitation and consultation (STFC) services to earthquake affected beneficiaries in 4 Urban Municipalities and 14 rural municipalities of Gorkha and Nuwakot districts. Government of India committed $150 million as post-earthquake assistance package on housing sector to provide financial and technical support for reconstruction of 50,000 beneficiaries, including $100 million grant and $50 million under our Fourth Line of Credit.

During the event, a workshop on the lessons learnt and the way ahead was also organized. The workshop aimed at bringing together the project’s major stakeholders to acknowledge the pivotal role played by local government and agencies of NRA in the effectiveness and successful completion of the private housing reconstruction project. Furthermore, the workshop also elaborated the best practices, shared key learning, and collectively discussed the effectiveness of project to local government as guidance and for future reference.

Government of India is also working with NRA for construction of 71 education sector projects, 132 health buildings and restoration/retrofitting of 28 cultural heritage sites in total 11 districts of Nepal affected by earthquake of 2015, according to a press release issued by the Embassy of India in Kathmandu.