58,656 houses constructed for quake survivors in 14 worst-hit districts

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KATHMANDU — As many as 58,656 houses were constructed for quake survivors in worst quake-hit 14 districts so far.

According to National Reconstruction Authority (NRA), 142,863 houses were undergoing construction. Engineer at the NRA Praveen Acharya shared that the number of the constructed and under-construction houses might increase as some houses are yet to be enlisted in the NRA system due to Dashain and Tihar festival.

He added that the ratio of construction of the houses was increasing after NRA fixed the deadline for the construction of houses with government grants.

The recent directive committee meeting chaired by the Prime Minister has stated that the grants recipients should have taken second instalment before January 13 after meeting the required criteria.

Meanwhile, a new regulation has permitted earthquake survivors to reconstruct their homes damaged in the 2015 earthquake in the neighbouring district as well. This is applicable to the houses constructed with government grant assistance.

The new provision has been made in the Earthquake-affected private house reconstruction grant distribution procedures (first amendment, 2073. The procedures also provide that recipients of the vulnerable settlements will be entitled to Rs. 200,000 to purchase land plot and Rs. 300,000 grant to build a house in a different location or in the adjoining district. RSS