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20,255 beneficiaries added, 92 pc signed agreement

Second fourth quarter progress of NRA

Kathmandu, March 23: The National Reconstruction Authority (NRA) held a meeting today to review the progress in the second fourth quarter of this current fiscal year.

The review was held of the NRA activities and physical and fiscal progress in the post-earthquake reconstruction held from November 16, 2020 to March 13, 2021. The review meeting was held today in the presence of representatives of the Prime Minister’s Office, National Planning Commission and the Ministry of Finance.

As per the progress report presented at the review meeting, 20,255 beneficiaries have been added to the list of recipients for the government grant and 18,627 beneficiaries signed the agreement during the period. Similarly, 22,589 beneficiaries have received the first tranche of the grant while 18,649 beneficiaries and 29,349 beneficiaries received the second and third tranches respectively.

During the review period, 36,050 private houses have been reconstructed while 28,872 beneficiaries have started to construct their houses damaged in the April 2015 earthquake.

According to the NRA’s Central Level Project Implementation Unit (Education), 161 more schools have been rebuilt which has put the total number of schools being reconstructed at 6,246. As per the data, the total number of classrooms being rebuilt has now reached 34,267, including 3,042 classrooms built during the review period.

During this period, 75 percent progress has been made in the reconstruction of 90 health facilities while reconstruction of 13 health centers has begun with the financial assistance of the Saudi Fund.

Out of 200 health centers being built from the Nepal government resources, multi-year planning has been approved to rebuild 140 health centers while preparations are underway to call the tender.

Similarly, out of 147 health center buildings to be built under the Indian government grant, review is ongoing of tender to construct 33 centers and agreement has been reached with the Indian Embassy to rebuild 121 health centers, according to the Central Level Project Implementation Unit (Building).

Likewise, the number of archaeological heritage sites that has been reconstructed has now reached 490 with 25 more such sites rebuilt during the review period. The concerned government agencies have renovated 294 Gumbas while the process of preparing detailed project report and design has been initiated to rebuild 38 Gumbas that are more than 100 years old and have plinth area of more than 2,000 square feet.

As for the reconstruction of government buildings, 85 percent progress has been made in the reconstruction of 23 buildings. Retrofitting of some big public buildings is also taking place at present.

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