September 20, 2018 07:35 AM NPT
KATHMANDU, Sept 20: The National Reconstruction Authority (NRA) has pledged technical assistance to Pashupati Area Development Trust (PADT) for the reconstruction of the infrastructures in the area damaged by the 2015 mega earthquake. The authority has informed the trust that it is ready to provide technical assistance and financial assistance too, if necessary, to expedite the reconstruction of cultural heritage structures in Pashupati area.
Talking to a group of officials from PADT including PADT's member secretary Pradeep Dhakal on Wednesday, Chief Executive Officer of NRA Sushil Gyewali emphasized on the need to use traditional skills, technology, and construction materials in the reconstruction of the damaged infrastructures. He said, “NRA is ready is provide the necessary archaeologists and engineering manpower to help in the reconstruction.”
Asking for a clear plan for the reconstruction and renovation of the damaged structures, Gyewali claimed that there will be no financial scarcity to rebuild or renovate the structures. “Environmental balance and conservation of cultural heritages should be kept in mind during the reconstruction,” he said, “There should also be proper coordination between NRA, PADT, Department of Archaeology, experts and local community for the reconstruction.”
In the meeting, PADT's member secretary Dhakal requested technical assistance from the authority claiming that even though the trust has the necessary financial means to facilitate the reconstruction it has not been able to expedite its works due to lack of technical manpower and consultants.