KATHMANDU, Feb 13: As part of Government of India’s post-earthquake-reconstruction efforts in Nepal, the United Nations Office for Project Services (UNOPS) is organizing an exposure visit of 21 elected local government representatives from Nuwakot district of Nepal to India from February 10 to 14.
Mayors/deputy mayors of two municipalities and chairs/vice-chairs of eight rural municipalities with the chairperson of District Coordination Committee, Nuwakot and an official from Federation of Nepalese Journalists are part of the visiting delegation, according to a press release issued by Indian Embassy in Kathmandu.
During their visit to India, the delegation will visit CSIR-Central Building Research Institute (CBRI), Roorkee, to observe the Shake Table Testing Facility and different labs such as Structural Engineering lab, Fire lab, Technology Demonstration lab and Rural Park.
The delegation will visit CURE India to learn participatory process for sustainable urban development and livelihood integration. At Indian National Trust for Art and Cultural Heritage (INTACH), the delegation will attend the presentation on post-earthquake conservation and restoration works by INTACH together with a guided tour at the INTACH Heritage Academy.
The Government of India is collaborating with Government of Nepal on post-earthquake reconstruction of 23,088 houses in Nuwakot district of Nepal, according to the embassy. To complement the Government of Nepal’s owner driven reconstruction approach, UNOPS is providing socio-technical facilitation to home owners to rebuild their resilient homes.
"The visit will provide an avenue for building capacities of key local stakeholders for ensuring earthquake resilient reconstruction by raising community awareness about disaster management, recovery and resilience," the embassy stated in the press release.