Dhading reconstruction moving at a snail’s pace

- Harihar Singh Rathour, DHADING

Feb 28, 2017- Only 3,500 families out of the total 63,000 beneficiaries of the first tranche of housing reconstruction aid in Dhading have started rebuilding their houses. The National Reconstruction Authority (NRA) had distributed the first tranche of reconstruction aid amount of Rs50,000 six months ago.

Out of 3,500, 200 families have demanded the NRA to provide the second batch of the aid. 
The data shows that the reconstruction works have been moving at a snail’s pace in the district. Bharat Aryal, chief of the District Technician Office, claimed that most of the quake-affected families were not showing concern towards rebuilding their houses. “We doubt whether they are genuine quake victims,” said Aryal.  
According to the District Development Committee, 3,500 houses are under construction in the district. The Central Bureau of Statistics record shows there are 83,000 quake-affected families in the district. 
Insufficient aid amount, shortage of construction materials, masons and carpenters are the major reasons for the delay in reconstruction works, victims say. Usha BK, chairperson of local NGO Prayas Nepal, pointed out carelessness attitude of VDC secretaries and engineers as among factors affecting the reconstruction process.  
Ramesh Dhamala, chairman of the Nepali Congress Dhading chapter, said the majority of the quake victims are living in the houses which had developed cracks after some repair works. 
In Sindhupalchok, out of the total 74,912 quake-hit families who received aid, only 547 families have demanded the NRA for the second batch of the aid. Tanka Gautam, acting chief of the Urban Development Division Office, said only 5 percent of the quake-affected families have started construction. 

Published: 28-02-2017 09:31

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