Rs 276b spent on post-quake reconstruction

Published On: August 5, 2019 07:00 AM NPT By: Muna Sunuwar  | @TheMunaSun

KATHMANDU, Aug 5: A total of Rs 276.3 billion has been spent on post-earthquake reconstruction that includes government buildings, educational institutions, health centers and archeological heritages, among others.

Of which, Rs 175.52 billion has been sourced from the government whereas Rs 100.78 billion and Rs 40.23 billion have been sourced from bilateral spending as loans and from donor agencies and other different non-governmental organizations, respectively, said Manohar Ghimire, deputy spokesperson at the National Reconstruction Authority (NRA).  

The NRA has invested Rs 45.98 billion on the reconstruction of rural roads and infrastructure, Rs 36.95 billion on educational institutions, Rs 8.40 billion on security buildings, Rs 8.28 billion on government buildings, Rs 3.10 billion on archeological heritages and Rs 451 million on health centers, according to the NRA. 

The NRA has completed the reconstruction of 70 government/public buildings—30 with government funds and 40 from the assistance of the Asian Development Bank (ADB). According to the authority, work on the remaining 21 government buildings that are being restored with government assistance and 29 through financial assistance from the ADB will be complete by December.

“Reconstruction of 67 percent of the educational institutions has been completed while reconstruction of 1819 institutions is ongoing,” Ghimire told Republica, adding, “A total of 665 health centers have been reconstructed with 149 projects going on, 380 archeological heritages have been reconstructed with 123 ongoing projects.”

Similarly, the NRA has completed reconstruction of 165 security buildings and work on 52 is ongoing. 

The NRA has signed agreements with Sajha Publication, Gorkhapatra, Radio Nepal for the reconstruction of their office buildings. He said that the authority has also invited tender bids for the reconstruction of buildings inside Singha Durbar.  

The NRA is doing its homework for the reconstruction of prisons in Gorkha, Sindhupalchowk, Lamjung, Rasuwa, Okhaldhunga and Solukhumbu districts with loan assistance from the Export-Import Bank of India. The retrofitting of SAARC Secretariat has been completed.

Likewise, the NRA has published a tender notice for the reconstruction of buildings of Nepal Children’s Organization, Keshar Mahal and the Central Library, Kirtipur. The office of the president (Shital Niwas), Bahadur Bhawan and Tri-Chandra Campus buildings are in the phase of retrofitting, according to the NRA.

The NRA has completed the retrofitting of 253 partially-damaged government structures. “Foreign sources of funds for reconstruction include Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA), India and ADB,” added Ghimire. 

The NRA had spent Rs 22.47 billion in the FY 2015/16; Rs 49.69 billion in the FY 2016/17; Rs 114.78 billion in the FY 2017/18 and Rs 89.35 billion in the FY 2018/19. 

A total of Rs 156 billion budget has been allocated by the authority for the fiscal year- 2019/20 to expedite reconstruction and rehabilitation of the displaced and damaged structures across Nepal. 

The devastating earthquake in 2015 killed around 9,000 people.

Meanwhile, the NRA issuing a separate statement on Sunday, has said that reconstruction of over 424,000 houses that were destroyed by the 2015 earthquakes has been completed while other 214,000 houses are under construction. 

“The number of completed and under-construction buildings combined comprises 83 percent of the total buildings that needed reconstruction,” it said. 

A total of 773,447 house owners had signed up the grant agreement with the NRA to reconstruct their houses.

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