Voice Of The People
Apr 20, 2018-
Pranaya SJB Rana very delicately discussed the aspects of urban planning and the people with an intellectual and philosophical touch in a recent article (‘Wide roads do not a great city make’, April 14, Page 8). He stated that urban planning is a cruel and silent killer of culture and heritage, and that it can take the form of a political tool to demonstrate the supremacy of the ruler (majority). This is the reason why, in the name of urban planning culture, heritages from historical days are being destroyed in different parts of the world.
Devendra Nath Gongal,
The economic White Paper has shown that there is a shortfall of Rs100 billion to complete the reconstruction of private homes that were destroyed in the earthquake of April, 2015 (‘NRA seeks transparent funding from donors’, April 18, TKP Online). And $4.1 billion of this amount has been pledged by international donors. It is good to hear that the National Reconstruction Authority (NRA) has appealed to its donors to maintain transparency in post-earthquake reconstruction work. There has to be transparency so as to ensure effectiveness, credibility and certainty of results, and to keep track of funds. The government, it seems, has found it particularly difficult to manage the resources for reconstruction work, and though three years have passed since the earthquake, a great deal of work remains to be done. I believe that by appealing for transparency, the government will be able to manage resources better, and that there will be more accountability in the entire reconstruction process. This appeal for transparency should have been issued at the very beginning in order to keep track of funds and to make sure that they were used properly. Perhaps this would have fast-tracked reconstruction work. As it is, too much time has passed since the earthquake and too many Nepalis are living without proper homes. Now this process of reconstruction must be expedited so that all Nepalis have access to safe living and are protected against the elements.
Recently, on the banks of the Lake Rara, PM KP Oli spoke about
promoting Nepali growth and democracy through peace, stability and progress (‘Oli outlines plans for prosperous Nepal from Rara’, April 14, TKP Online). The points included in this address were highly welcome, however, the sad fact of the matter is that we are still dreaming about the construction of international airports in Lumbini, Pokhara, Nijgadh and Bhairawa. Even the engineering feats of our two neighbours, China and India, have not made it feasible to carry out major projects that were bilaterally agreed upon in the past. So too have our water resources, development, tourism planning, and earthquake reconstruction been extremely slow to move towards progress. I hope Nepali leaders will become action oriented when it comes to the actual implementation of development planning.
Ambitious plans are good, but what do they actually amount to? The Nepali people are counting on Team Oli to work towards the materialisation of at least some of these action agendas. One has high hopes that Finance Minister Khatiwada, who is a realistic planner, will be able to do something concrete with the private sector and the involvement of the Non Resident Nepali Associations’ involvement instead of focusing exclusively on donors.
Surya B Prasai,
Published: 20-04-2018 06:52