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Jarayotar gets set for integrated settlement

The integrated settlement of Jarayotar hasn’t just emphasized on physical infrastructures but has also encouraged social reconstruction. As a community, they have also made attempts to create employment opportunities for youth to encourage them to stay in the village.

 

The devastating earthquake of April 2015 brought down most of the houses of Jarayotar in Melamchi of Sindhupalchowk, one of the worst-hit districts in central Nepal.

 

When the majority of residents of this district have begun to rebuild their houses, people in this village of Jarayotar have taken things differently. Instead of focusing on building individual houses, they have decided to develop the village as a whole.

 

The locals in Jarayotar have joined hands to build an integrated settlement, the idea put forward by National Reconstruction Authority (NRA) to bring together the far-flung houses making it easier for the government to provide the required services.

 

Encouraged by the concept, Jarayotar residents have formed a ‘Local Reconstruction and Resettlement Committee’ as a way forward for rebuilding their lives.

 

It is not only about rebuilding houses in one location, said Ram Kumar Sapkota, secretary of the newly-formed committee. “The idea is to use the opportunity to build environment-friendly houses in original Nepali architecture which could also support our livelihood.”

 

This integrated settlement, according to Sapkota, could also attract international and domestic tourists in the future, as the villagers also plan to run home stays for incoming tourists once the construction completes. They also plan to build technologically advanced cow sheds and export milk, besides encouraging locals to engage in organic farming.

 

In order to construct the settlement, the locals have already setup a fund with the contribution of Rs. 200,000 per family. The private housing grant of Rs. 300,000 distributed by the Government of Nepal to earthquake victims will also go into the same fund.

 

The locals have estimated the cost of each house to be approximately Rs. 1.3 to 1.8 million. They have already relocated their makeshift homes from the construction site and have also begun the land plotting.

 

There will be total of four blocks in the integrated settlement of 64 houses. Block A and Block B will have 17 houses each while Block C will have 20 houses and Block D will have 10 houses. There will also be one common building for the locals to use during social events.

 

The integrated settlement of Jarayotar hasn’t just emphasized on physical infrastructures but has also encouraged social reconstruction. As a community, they have also made attempts to create employment opportunities for youth to encourage them to stay in the village.

 

According to head of the committee, Tika Dhital, the construction works will start soon after the inauguration.

 

ISET Nepal supported this community of Jarayotar in preparing a detailed design of the integrated settlement. Along with this, two professors from the Institute of Engineering, Pulchowk accompanied by 25 students visited Jarayotar to assess and study the possibility of building integrated settlement.

 

The villagers were encouraged to take the initiative after NRA issued necessary guidelines for the development of integrated settlement as part of the reconstruction process, along with relocation of houses situated in vulnerable areas. As per the guideline, NRA would provide support if 10 or more than 10 houses decide to come together to build an integrated settlement.

 

Chief Executive Officer of NRA Yubaraj Bhusal laid the foundation stone of the integrated settlement amidst a special ceremony at Jarayotar on February 18. He praised the locals’ efforts and assured of NRA’s support to materialize the project. He informed the locals that NRA would help build infrastructures like road, drinking water etc. and said that he would lobby to provide additional Rs. 50,000 to rebuild houses in traditional Nepali style. 

 

Member of the Provincial Assembly of Province 2 Sher Bahadur Tamang stressed on the need to link the resettlement with the livelihood and assured his support in building infrastructures.

 

By Dipak Sapkota

in Jarayotar, Sindhupalchowk

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