Ex-PM Oil-inaugurated house in limbo over cash crunch

Published On: September 2, 2016 05:56 PM NPT By: Republica  | @RepublicaNepal

SINDHUPALCHOWK, Sept 2: Damp Proof Course (DPC) has been completed. A total of 12 pillars have already been put up. The sings of happiness which once could be visible across his face are gradually dying out.

The construction of his house has come to a halt as he cannot buy bricks for the further construction.

He is not only worried about the incomplete structure but also with the thoughts whether he would be able to keep his head above water as he has already borrowed millions of rupees for the house construction.

Sarbe Tamang of Chautara-3, Syangwa is the owner of the house. His house foundation was inaugurated by Former Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli on April 24, 2016.

Then PM Oli had announced the national reconstruction campaign after the devastating earthquake from Tamang house.

"I have invested more than Rs 1.2 in the construction.

"I have stopped the construction since I could not buy the bricks,” he said.

Further he requires Rs 1 million for the completion of the house.

Tamang resumed the construction from June 17 as he is compelled to build the house. As the construction work was taking place, he had a plan to take debt from bank if he ran out of cash.

But the banks refused to provide him loan. He has not received the second tranche of government grant. The government had promised to provide 80,000 thousand as the second tranche.

Since the other earthquake victims in the district have not received their first grant, Tamang is deprived of further installment.

Sarwe, 45, is a driver by profession for the last 17 years. Due to the construction of the house he is not able to join the job, either.

He would earn monthly 35-40 thousand rupees but that too have been stopped, Tamang said.

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