Nuwakot, August 26: An interaction program was held today here to discuss the masterplan being developed to reconstruct Nuwakot Durbar Area and its surrounding areas as 'Nuwakot Heritage Settlement'.
The interaction was held between stakeholders and local residents over the initial design of the heritage settlement presented by the consulting company that is preparing the master plan.
Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the National Reconstruction Authority (NRA) Sushil Gyewali informed that six settlements including the one in Nuwakot was being developed as heritage settlement.
"Once the masterplan is finalized, construction can start based on the master plan," he said. "If any organizations, private sector or the general public, want to provide support, construction can be done as per the same masterplan."
Former foreign minister Mahendra Bahadur Pande said, the concept of preparing a masterplan and working accordingly is a very good step, and suggested various heritages to include in it. "Construction of Nuwakot heritage settlement will help to achieve the touristic aspiration of the region, and contribute largely to the socio-economic development of the region," he said. "Therefore, participation of all the sectors is necessary to materialize the concept of the heritage settlement."
Mayor of Bidur Municipality Sanju Pandit said, the assistance provided by the NRA for the reconstruction of the heritage settlement is an opportunity, and added that the municipality had introduced various incentives to encourage the residents to reconstruct their homes in traditional style.
According to Mayor Pandit, Bidur Municipality has decided to provide a 50 percent concession in design approval fee, and a grant of Rs. 40,000 per house in the heritage settlement for building its facade in a traditional style.
Mayor Pandit thanked the NRA for its support to the master plan design and infrastructure development.
According to Pushkar Sharma Rimal, chairperson of Nuwakot Heritage Settlement Committee, 428 households have agreed to join the heritage settlement so far, out of which 390 households are in the earthquake-affected beneficiary list. Few others have filed appeals to be included in the beneficiary list.
The committee has also been giving grant for the purchase of corrugated metal sheets resembling old-style roofing tiles. The committee will reimburse any amount exceeding Rs. 15,000 for the roofing sheets per house.
The NRA had provided Rs. 2 million each for the master plan development and Rs. 50 million each for infrastructure development to six heritage settlements in February/March earlier this year.
The six heritage settlements being developed are Khokana, Bungmati and Sankhu in the Kathmandu Valley, Nuwakot Durbar area and its periphery in Nuwakot, Gorkha Durbar area in Gorkha and Dolakha bazaar in Dolakha.
The heritage settlement development plan includes conservation of old heritages, construction of facades of houses in traditional way, construction of park, picnic spot, and pedestrians paths, and conservation of water foundations and ponds.
Development Oriented Consultant Pvt Ltd is doing the work of masterplan development for Nuwakot Heritage Settlement.