KATHMANDU, Feb 24: Sushil Gyewali, chief executive officer of the National Reconstruction Authority and Naveen Kumar, head of Press, Information and Culture wing of the Indian Embassy in Kathmandu and mayor of the Dakshinkali Municipality, Mohan Basnet, jointly carried out the ground-breaking for reconstruction of Champa Devi Secondary School at Dakshinkali Municipality in Kathmandu on Wednesday.
The school is being reconstructed at a cost of Nepali rupees 68.5 million and will be built as per earthquake-resilient reconstruction norms of Government of Nepal, according to a press statement issued by the Indian Embassy in Kathmandu.
The new infrastructure will include two blocks each having 13 classroom, practical rooms, administrative room, library and separate sanitation facilities for boys and girls in each floor. The Central Building Research Institute (CBRI), Roorkee, a premier institute in India in the field earthquake-resilient reconstruction, will provide technical hand-holding for construction of these schools.
Representatives of School Management Committee and local community members attended the event. The Indian Embassy is also working with NRA for starting work on 147 health buildings and restoration/retrofitting of 28 cultural heritage sites in total 11 districts of Nepal affected by earthquake of 2015, the embassy said.
This is the 66th school being reconstructed under the Government of India grant assistance for reconstruction in the education sector, according to the embassy. So far, India has committed US $ 50 million for reconstruction of total 71 educational institutions in 8 districts of Nepal. The southern neighbour has also committed a separate grant of 200 million for reconstruction projects in the health, cultural heritage and housing sectors in Nepal.