KATHMANDU, Dec 7: The government has extended the term of the National Reconstruction Authority (NRA), the agency formed in 2015 to oversee and manage post-earthquake reconstruction, for a year.
According to the NRA, the meeting of the council of ministers held on November 30 decided to extend its tenure for one more year. The present term was to last till December 25 this year. The meeting of the prime minister and NRA’s directors’ committee on September 21 had recommended the extension of the tenure. Stating that the construction of private houses under the NRA's program was not complete and citing the resource management problems due to COVID-19, the committee had recommended the term extension.
The government has decided that NRA will implement the reconstruction work as per the allocated budget for the current fiscal year 2020/21. The NRA will carry out final works of reconstruction of private houses, and heritage structures including Singha Durbar, Ranipokhari and Dharahara. “It will update financial details and auditing and prepare all documents related to responsibilities and assets to hand them over to the concerned government bodies,” NRA stated.
The meeting has also decided that NRA should take up the responsibility of reconstruction of major projects for which additional time is needed.