Kathmandu, April 13: The National Reconstruction Authority (NRA) is taking up the responsibility to design a ten-year campaign on Disaster Resilient Nepal.
The 18th meeting of the NRA Steering Committee chaired by Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli today gave the responsibility to design the program and decided to implement from the next fiscal year.
Chief Executive Officer of the NRA Sushil Gyewali informed the meeting that the NRA is preparing the program in a joint collaboration with the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Authority (NDRRMA).
The Steering Committee meeting expressed happiness on the post-earthquake reconstruction and rehabilitation reaching the completion stage.
Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli said the success of reconstruction is Nepal’s pride which can be proudly shared with the international community.
The meeting decided to prepare a proposal to implement the Long Term Renewal Program keeping in view the implementation of a long-term disaster management to rebuild heritage settlements and cultural monuments in world heritage sites and to carry out reconstruction and rehabilitation in the Kathmandu Valley. The meeting decided to include this in the upcoming budget and will be implemented from the next fiscal year.
Under this program, the NRA is preparing programs to carry out reconstruction and rehabilitation of damaged private houses, public structures, heritages and other infrastructure in an integrated manner taking future disasters into consideration.
Prime Minister Oli said that the concept of ‘house-pooling’ should be adopted to carry out urban reconstruction with due consideration to the local people’s consent and their participation. He also said the focus should be on rebuilding heritage settlements in earthquake-resilient way by keeping intact their archaeological importance, originality and cultural sentiment.
The meeting also approved plans to complete the basic reconstruction works by current fiscal year as per the extended tenure of the NRA and approved the concerned government agencies, policies and programs and financial plans to handover the remaining works after July 16, 2021. For this purpose, the meeting decided to request the government to allocate Rs. 36.38 billion budget for the coming fiscal year.
Chief Whip of the Parliamentary Party of main opposition Nepali Congress Balkrishna Khand expressed satisfaction over the progress made by the NRA in the post-earthquake reconstruction and rehabilitation and stressed on the need to complete the remaining tasks within the stipulated time. Khand attended the meeting on behalf of the leader of the main opposition party who is vice-chair of the Steering Committee.
The meeting also decided to organize an international conference on Nepal’s reconstruction at the end of November or early December 2021, in coordination with the Foreign Ministry, considering the timing of ‘Sagarmatha Sambad.’
Deputy Prime Minister Ishwar Pokharel, Home Minister Ram Bahadur Thapa, Finance Minister Bishnu Poudel, Foreign Minister Pradeep Gyawali, Vice Chairman of the National Planning Commission Dr. Pushpa Raj Kandel, Chief Advisor to the Prime Minister Bishnu Rimal, PM’s foreign affairs advisor Dr. Rajan Bhattarai and concerned secretaries of various ministries attended the meeting.