Kathmandu, April 23: President Bidhya Devi Bhandari inaugurated the reconstructed headquarter building of Nepali Army today. President Bhandari inaugurated the reconstructed building amidst a special function organized at the military headquarters by uncovering the stone-scripture by using a remote control, and by cutting the ribbon.
The reconstruction of the building, damaged in the April 2015 earthquake, had begun on June 6, 2016.
Dignitaries including Vice President Nanda Bahadur Pun, Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli, Speaker of the House of Representatives Krishna Bahadur Mahara, Chairman of the National Assembly Ganesh Timilsina, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Defense Ishwar Pokhrel, Chief Executive Officer of the National Reconstruction Authority (NRA) Sushil Gyewali were present at the function. This is the largest project to complete reconstruction among the projects approved by the NRA. The government had allocated Rs. 3.44 billion for the NA headquarters through the NRA.
Speaking at the inaugural function, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Defense Ishwar Pokhrel said reconstruction of the NA headquarters shows how the government wants to advance reconstruction campaign.
NRA CEO Sushil Gyewali expressed his belief that the reconstructed building will provide great support in rescue, relief and rehabilitation if any type of disasters in the future.
He said, "Among the 700 thousand houses damaged in the earthquake, so far 50 percent houses have been reconstructed, 30 percent are under construction and the 20 percent are in the process of resolving their issues."
Chief of Army Staff (CoAS) Purna Chandra Thapa said professionalism and functional capability in military infrastructure construction has improved with the construction of the military headquarters. After the reconstruction, 47 offices including Nepali Army's General Directorates and Departments will operate from building. It has the capacity of providing workspace to 1,000 people at once.
The government had decided to construct a modern and technology friendly building with an aim to provide facilities as per the structure in the seven storey building. There are 430 rooms including cubicles in the building. Dignitaries including the president had inspected the building after inauguration.