Reconstruction Update

NRA’s policies effective in materializing private housing reconstruction, say experts

Published On: 2020-08-25

Kathmandu, August 25

The second day of the four-day national symposium on post-earthquake reconstruction and rehabilitation held today continued to delve on various aspects of reconstruction works.

The National Reconstruction Authority (NRA) organized this virtual symposium to share its experiences, good practices and lessons learnt in the last five years of post-earthquake reconstruction.

On the second day today, four technical sessions were held and working papers were presented on various aspects of reconstruction like private housing reconstruction, construction of public infrastructures like health, education and government buildings, and reconstruction of cultural heritage sites.

Paper presenters said the NRA’s policy on deadline to receive the government grant, owner-driven construction model, household survey and re-survey and processes to ensure that no one is left behind are some of the major achievements that made the reconstruction of private houses effective.

During the day’s first session, NRA Executive Member and Coordinator of the international conference organizing committee Dr. Chandra Bahadur Shrestha presented a working paper on the survey of the housing reconstruction and its importance in formulating municipal plan. Other presenting papers in the session were Sugandha Subedi, Sunil Adhikari and Dr. Sara Shneiderman of the University of British Columbia. Mahendra Bahadur Gurung moderated the session with Professor J. D. Barenstein, Dr. Nigel Fisher and Dr. Amod Mani Dixit commenting as panelists.

The second session focused on the reconstruction of private houses in the rural areas. Those presenting working papers in this session were Rajesh Kumar Shrestha, Minar Thapa Magar, Rabindra Suwal, Raj Kumar Bhattarai and Dr. Chandra Bahadur Shrestha. Engineer Mahendra Bahadur Gurung again moderated this session that had panelists in Dr. Nigel Fisher, Vivek Rawal and Maggie Stephensen.

The third session focused on the reconstruction of public infrastructures, including health, education and other government buildings. Experts Manjeet R. Pandey, Nilaya Mainali and Dr. Gokarna Bahadur Motra presented papers. NRA Executive Member Dr. Hari Ram Parajuli moderated this session and Professor Tri Ratna Bajracharya, Professor Rajesh Dhakal and Dr. Rekha Shrestha commented as panelists.

The fourth and final session of day was held to discuss the reconstruction of cultural heritage monuments. Experts Alina Bajracharya, Dr. Chandra Bahadur Shrestha, Rabita Shilpakar presented papers on various aspects of resurrecting the cultural heritage sites in and outside the Kathmandu Valley. Dr. Jagadish Pokharel moderated this session with panelists in Dr. Rohit Gigyasu and Dr. Rohit Ranjitkar.

Various stakeholders, including development partners, I/NGOs, experts and individuals involved in the reconstruction are taking part in the symposium to develop a common view on the successes, achievements and the lessons learnt during the five years of reconstruction.

The national symposium has been organized as part of the preparation to hold an international conference on the reconstruction and rehabilitation which is scheduled to be held later this year.

The symposium is holding deliberations on six thematic areas – private housing reconstruction; public and social infrastructure reconstruction; cultural heritage reconstruction; livelihood; rescue and relief; and good governance. Sixty different research papers will be presented during the symposium.

The symposium will continue till August 27.


For more details, contact:

Dr. Chandra Bahadur Shrestha

Executive Committee Member, NRA

Coordinator, International Conference Organizing Committee

Cell: 9851228970


Manohar Ghimire

Deputy Spokesperson, NRA

Member-Secretary, International Conference Organizing Committee

Cell: 9851226559

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