India, UNDP sign agreement to reconstruct of 50,000 houses in Gorkha, Nuwakot

Kathmandu, March 8

The Government of India, the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), and United Nations Office for Project Services have inked an agreement to reconstruct 50,000 houses devastated by the 2015 Earthquake in Gorkha and Nuwakot districts of Nepal.

Under the agreement, the India shall provide $16.2 million to rebuild the houses in the two districts worst affected by the quake in accordance with the new construction norms prepared by the government. Similarly, the two UN agencies shall facilitate the construction, as well as certify that houses has been made as per government standards.

The partnership agreement was signed by Dr Ajay Kumar, Deputy Chief of Mission, Embassy of India, Kathmandu, on the behalf of the Government of India, and by Renaud Meyer, Country Director, UNDP, Nepal and Sanjay Mathur, Regional Director, United Nations Office for Project Services Asia Region.

The signing ceremony was attended by the CEO of National Reconstruction Authority, and senior government officers of NRA, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ministry of Finance, Ministry of Federal Affairs and Local Development and Ministry of Urban Development, among others.

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