Print Edition - 2015-07-23  |  News

Dwellings planned for congested areas

  • post quake reconstruction
- GAURAV THAPA, Kathmandu

Jul 22, 2015-If things go according to plan, individual houses in congested inner city areas of Kathmandu such as Indrachowk and Ason will be replaced with integrated dwellings for entire communities under house pooling concept of the metropolitan authority.

Under the house pooling project, Kathmandu Metropolitan City plans to shift existing homeowners in old and dense neighbourhoods to consolidated zero-cost accommodations by demolishing existing houses in favour of residential blocks with wide roads and enough open spaces. KMC has considered places such as Ason, Indrachowk, Tahiti, Baidya Chowk and Wotu for implementing the scheme.

Chief of KMC office Rudra Singh Tamang said that the project will be carried out through a company which will have homeowners as shareholders.

They will be allotted shares as per the valuation of their existing houses and lands while government will provide 10 to 20 percent of the funding, he added. The KMC has allocated Rs10 million in its budget for this fiscal year for detailed study of the project.

As the Great Earthquake exposed the vulnerability of dense settlement areas of the Capital, the concept of house pooling, which aims at creating well-managed settlements, gained momentum. According to KMC, it has received 51 applications from residents of Ason and Tahiti requesting to go for house pooling. As reconstruction of earthquake-damaged houses is expensive, house pooling also helps in minimising costs due to economies of scale in building one large house instead of several individual units.

In response to concerns that traditional settlements will lose their cultural significance in the new designs, CEO Tamang assured that places of archaeological importance such as sattals and temples would be kept intact while the facade of new buildings will reflect traditional Newari motifs. The KMC plans to invest around Rs200 million for the project and is prepared to increase the amount up to Rs 2 billion as per needs, Tamang said.

In association with Town Development Fund and the to-be-formed National Reconstruction Authority, KMC has planned to complete the study of the project in the next six months before the elections of local bodies as agreed by political parties.

Published: 23-07-2015 08:02

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