Kathmandu, October 22
The leadership of the National Reconstruction Authority has discussed the Integrated Settlement reconstructed in Laprak of Gorkha with the newly-elected officials of Non-Resident Nepalese Association (NRNA).
The meeting has agreed to proceed with the suggestions to be given by the technical team represented by the NRA, NRNA and Dharche Rural Municipality (RM).
Speaking at the meeting, Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the NRA Sushil Gyewali congratulated the newly-elected officials of NRNA and expressed confidence that the relationship with NRNA will be even stronger in the coming days. He explained that it was the responsibility of NRNA to create an environment to hand over the reconstructed houses in the integrated settlement to the beneficiaries, and that the NRA would support in having interactions with the provincial government and the rural municipality in local infrastructure development.
President of NRNA Kumar Panta said that NRNA was eager to hand over the houses, and requested the NRA to create an environment for the same. Before this, the NRA, NRNA and chairperson of the Dharche Rural Municipality had met on October 14 and taken five decisions.
The decisions taken were the following:
- The rural municipality to identify the beneficiaries within the next one month before handing over the private houses under reconstruction at the support of Non-Resident Nepalese Association at Gupsipakha located in Ward no. 4 in the current Dharche Rural Municipality, previously Laprak Village Development Committee (VDC), and submit the list to the National Reconstruction Authority, and the District Land Registration Recommendation Committee to determine the name and plots of the beneficiaries after due diligence, and submit it to the NRA for land registration within 45 days.
- NRNA to assess the situation of progress of reconstruction so far of the private houses in Laprak Integrated Model Settlement being constructed with the support of NRNA, and the pending works such as toilets, timbers required for adding the levels, and deposit the amount that will be required for the pending work as a bloc amount at the Rural Municipality's account, and the RM to manage it. Form a task force coordinated by Chief Divisional Engineer (CDE) of Central Level Project Implementation Unit (Building) under the NRA and represented by a technician from Central Level Project Implementation Unit (Grants Management and Local Infrastructure), technical representative from the Rural Municipality and a representative of NRNA to assess and report on the accomplished and the pending works of infrastructure development of the model integrated settlement such as drainage construction, soil erosion prevention, drinking water, electricity, internal roads, security posts, health facilities, and school buildings. The task force will determine the immediate and long-term tasks to be done and estimate the cost and submit the report to the NRA.
- NRNA to do an understanding with the Rural Municipality on the long-term development of Laprak Model Settlement and livelihood of beneficiaries living there, and prepare a project proposal and present it to the NRA and implement it gradually.
- Do a tripartite agreement among the NRA, Dharche Rural Municipality and NRNA based on the report with the cost estimate given by the task force above to accomplish the remaining tasks for sustainable and systematic management of the integrated settlement development in addition to the points mentioned above, and implement it effectively.
- Request the Nepal Army headquarters through the Ministry of Defense to give continuity to the works done by Nepal Army so far, until the settlement development work is fully accomplished.