SINDHUPALCHOWK, Oct 28: President Bidhya Devi Bhandari has handed the integrated model settlement constructed by the Dhurmus-Suntali Foundation at Giranchaur of Melamchi Municipality-8 of Sindhupalchowk over to the earthquake survivors on Friday.
President Bhandari reached Giranchaur in a helicopter at 10 am today to hand over the model settlement comprising 67 houses including one community building constructed at the initiation of films artists Sitaram Kattel aka Dhurmus and Kunjana Ghimire (Suntali).
Bhandari handed over Block ‘A’ consisting of 23 houses, two children parks, one parking lot, two common taps to the community while the parents of Sitaram Kattel handed over Block ‘B’ which has 27 houses, four children parks, two public toilets and four common taps to the community.
Similarly, the parents of Kunjana handed over Block ‘C’ which has 15 houses, a playground, a children park, two public taps and a public meeting place to the quake victims.
Comendians duo Madan Krishna Shrestha and Hari Bansa Acharya popularly known as 'Maha Jodi' were also present in the program.
Organizing a special ceremony, the Foundation said that the integrated model settlement has been constructed at the cost of Rs 51,385,187.
According to the Foundation, Rs 61,701,139 had been raised from the public. Of the total amount spent for the construction, the payment of Rs 45,244,287 has been made while the remaining Rs 614, 900 is due.
With the handover of the integrated model settlement, the signs of delight could be seen across the faces of quake victims. They are celebrating Tihar in their own houses.