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Temporary ban on reconstruction

Friday, March 4th, 2016

MG_1406Last week, the National Reconstruction Authority (NRA) announced a temporary ban on all reconstruction related activities conducted by NGOs/INGOs. The NRA said this was to bring all organisations involved in reconstruction under its jurisdiction, and asked them to temporarily halt the distribution of aid money and rebuilding of houses until the procedural guideline to involve non-governmental sectors in reconstruction process was published.

Spokesperson for NRA Suresh Adhikari told Nepali Times the ban was to ensure uniformity in the design of houses and distribution of relief and ensure all reconstruction work met government standards.

“What we have seen is that an organisation may build only one house in a single ward and ignore the rest. There’s also no assurance that the houses built are earthquake resistant,” said Adhikari.

However, organisations say they have not heard about the ban and are continuing their work as usual. “We have not sought permission from the NRA since we were not aware of the ban,” said Narayan Acharya, whose company Rammed Earth Solutions is building a community center in Dhungekharka of Kavre and a house for a family in Godawari. The designs for both the projects are not from a list of government approved designs.

Ananda Mishra of Center for Research and Sustainable Development, Nepal (Creation) is also unaware of the prohibition. “We hope this won’t affect our work as we are following one of the designs approved by the government and have already applied to NRA for approval,” said Mishra. In association with Rotary Club of Jawalakhel, the Center is building 55 houses in Karyabinayak, Lalitpur. Three houses have been built already, and the group aims to finish construction of the rest before monsoon hits in July.




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3 Responses to “Temporary ban on reconstruction”

  1. Ragh Nath Mishra on Says:

    The Government wants to undertake the reconstruction alone without the involvement of NGOs, which is a horrible action. It is almost a year now that the great quake occurred and the inept and inefficient Government has not been able to deliver. The Government should set guidelines on the reconstruction of houses and distribute the works to the INGO and NGOs who have funds. Reconstruction activities should be allocated to INGOs for each district. For example reconstruction of houses should be given to China in Sindhu Palchow, Makwanpur to India, Kabre to America, and so on. The Government should be the monitoring agency and not the implementing one. We do not need loans from the World Bank and Asian Development Bank to rebuild the houses of the victims. There are enough commitments from overseas. But time is running out and it is getting late. Nepal has lost the confidence of the donors because of corruption and mismanagement. It is time to act.

  2. Ravi Raj Kaur on Says:

    Too drastic. Over and over again it is all or nothing. Nobody really knows what earthquake proof will be yet we have many houses that still stand so that is what it should be like.
    This discussion is unclear somebody we know fortified all the pillars of a sort of large building with metal wires, that looks safe, though is expensive.
    Control is the key issue, but like the help for the beginning of the quake if you take measures that are worse like blocking blocking every job all the time, this is not good. Let people work on their homes and control good. Some reliable entities can do that. If you do not believe double control.

  3. B. Owen on Says:

    It is already nearly a year since the earthquake and the NRA has shown itself to be amazingly incompetent and uncaring about the earthquake victims. Only the NGOs have been effective in giving aid and reconstruction helping with new houses, schools etc.Right from the start of the problem wherever the government has interfered thing became worse not better….the amount of material stacked up at the airport unable to be moved because of red tape, most was spoiled as it was left outside or looted, many NGO rescue teams gave up waiting for instructions from the government and either went home or just went ahead and did their what they knew was best. Another example was the way masses of British aid on rescue helicopters that had flown over from the UK was refused an entry permit. The helicopters waited in N. India for a couple of weeks and then flew home still with the aid. Why? Because the UK wanted to extradite a Nepalese general for war crimes committed during the Maoist uprising. The plaintiffs were Nepalese who had appealed to the British gov for help in getting justice. Then there was a confusion about what aid was taxable. Also many individuals stopped sending aid money from overseas to help ngos because the government said all relief money had to go to them for distribution. And what happened to the relief money? They are still sitting on it! Why did people outside Nepal not trust the government with aid money? Because it is well known how they are usually either incompetent or dishonest, or both at the same time. Several BBC documentaries have exposed how millions of UKPs were lost or badly spent in many attempts to help Nepal to prepare for the earthquakes. Many people died unnecessarily during and after the earthquake because of the incompetence and dishonesty of the government.It can be said that the government is the biggest disaster to hit Nepal. I feel sad for the heroic people who continue to do their best despite the governments interference. The solution? When a vacancy for a job opens up give it to the person who is most honest and qualified, not a friend or relative! Execute or imprison corrupt government workers like they do in China,

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