Nepal sets deadline for post-quake reconstruction grant recipients to build houses

File image: A girl near her temporary residence in Sindhupalchok district after a year of the devastating earthquake in April 2015.

Kathmandu, July 28

The National Reconstruction Authority of Nepal formed to oversee reconstruction activities in the aftermath of a devastating earthquake and its aftershocks in April-May 2015 has fixed a deadline to rebuild houses with the government grant.

According to the decision, the grant recipients have to build the houses by July-August 2018.

The Authority made the decision after finding that many quake survivors spent the grant for other purposes than reconstructing their houses.

Total 749,796 families had been qualified to relieve the grant being distributed in three tranches. But, not everyone has received the grant. So far only, 630,449 families have signed agreements with the NRA to build houses.

Only around 2,700 houses have been completely constructed.

According to the NRA records, 599,324 families received the first tranche. The numbers of families receiving the second and third tranches are 55,055 and 2,724 respectively.

In a bid to smoothly release the budget, the NRA has also fixed deadlines for receiving the grant segments. Accordingly, the first, second and final tranches should be received by mid-November 2017, mid-January 2018 and mid-July 2018 respectively.

The government provides Rs 50,000, Rs 150,000 and Rs 100,000 to the quake-surviving families in the first, second and third instalments respectively.

Meanwhile, NRA spokesperson Yama Lal Bhushal has warned of taking legal actions if the recipients fail to meet the deadline or are found using the fund for other purposes.


Published on July 28th, Friday, 2017 10:22 AM

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