Kathmandu, March 22: Work procedure has been prepared to allow the earthquake beneficiaries to add rooms or floor on their ‘load-bearing’ houses reconstructed after the April 2015 earthquake.
The Central Level Project Implementation Unit (CLPIU-Building) of the National Reconstruction Authority (NRA) organized an interaction today to discuss the provisions of the work procedure, with technical support from the National Society for Earthquake Technology Nepal (NSET).
Various representatives from the government agencies, national and international experts, local government representatives, technicians deputed in the reconstruction and the representatives from the development partners took part in the interaction.
Chief Executive Officer of the National Reconstruction Authority (NRA) Sushil Gyewali stressed on the need to put the local government in center while implementing the work procedure and the federal bodies should work as its backbone.
As the extension of the newly-reconstructed houses is imminent in the rural areas, the work procedure has been formulated to ensure that the extended part too is built in earthquake-resilient manner.
Deputy Director of the CLPIU (Building) Jhappar Singh Bishwakarma and Program Manager of NSET Ranjan Dhungel presented the draft work procedure and explained the content of the 10-point booklet. Executive Committee member of the NRA Dr. Hariram Parajuli, New Zealand-based expert Jitendra Bothra and Indian expert Bibek Rawal expressed their opinion on the presentation.
The draft has been prepared with detailed engineering drawing and designs that are useful for engineers and construction technicians. Similarly, a 10-point booklet has also been prepared in simple Nepali language for the house owners and construction workers to understand.
The work procedure has explained in detail how the mud stone and cement houses could extend from all sides of their reconstructed houses. However, the ‘hybrid structure manual’ prepared earlier would be useful for adding floors.
NRA Executive Committee member Dr. Chandra Bahadur Shrestha said that the work procedure will be implemented after finalizing and approving it from the executive committee. After the NRA, the local governments and the Department of Urban Development and Building Construction (DUDBC) will take over as the implementing agencies.
Director General of the DUDBC Nabaraj Pyakurel said the department is ready to implement the work procedure as it will be useful for extending houses in future.
The work procedure will be finalized keeping in mind the suggestions given in the interaction and suggestions received from other agencies in future, according to Shyam Kishor Singh, Project Director of the CLPIU (Building).
Joint Secretary and Spokesperson of the NRA Gopal Prasad Aryal said that the work procedure will be more impactful if we could extend one house each in each of the local government.
Santosh Gyawali of the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) said that the work procedure would be useful not only for reconstructed houses but also for any house to be built in the coming days.
The NRA has been providing Rs. 300,000 as financial assistance to the earthquake beneficiaries to reconstruct their houses which are termed as ‘core housing units’.