Kathmandu, April 24: Coinciding with the 5th anniversary of the April 2015 earthquake, the National Reconstruction Authority (NRA) organized a virtual interaction (webinar) today to discuss the road ahead in the post-earthquake reconstruction.
About 45 people, including NRA officials, representatives of various donor agencies involved in the reconstruction and reconstruction experts took part in the webinar chaired by NRA Chief Executive Officer Sushil Gyewali.
On the occasion, CEO Gyewali informed that the NRA was working together with the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Authority (NDRRMA) and all three tiers of government to institutionalize the lessons learnt during the reconstruction. He said that discussion is underway to extend the tenure of the NRA as per the constitutional provision in light of the impact of coronavirus on the reconstruction works.
In his welcome address, NRA Secretary Ramkrishna Sapkota thanked the government offices, donor agencies, development partners, local governments and the beneficiaries for their cooperation in the reconstruction. He also assured of timely reconstruction.
Executive Member of the NRA Dr. Chandra Bahadur Shrestha made a presentation highlighting the overall status of the post-earthquake reconstruction, remaining activities and the road ahead in completing the task. He shed light on the reconstruction timeline, urban reconstruction, rebuilding heritage sites and various master plans devised by the NRA.
Chief Executive Officer of the NDRRMA Anil Pokharel said that the Authority is closely working with the NRA to institutionalize the achievements of the latter, as the legal provisions, directives and other experiences of the NRA would be useful for future disasters.
Those commenting on the presentations of the NRA and NDRRMA officials were disaster risk management expert of the World Bank Kamran Akbar, Assistant Resident Representative of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Vijay Singh, Nepal Representative of the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) Andrew Golda, Amod Mani Dixit of National Society for Earthquake Technology (NSET) and journalist Kanak Mani Dixit.
They praised the achievements made in the post-earthquake reconstruction and suggested the NRA and NDRRMA to institutionalize the lessons learnt in the reconstruction. They also stressed on the need to share these experiences in all the 77 districts to build a resilient communities.