Reconstruction completes in two years: PM Oli

Kathmandu, Jan 16: Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli has said the reconstruction of the infrastructures damaged by the 2015 earthquake would complete in two years. 

During a programme organized on the occasion of the 21st Earthquake Safety Day here on Wednesday, PM Oli reminded that the government has prioritized the reconstruction of houses damaged by the quake. All damaged structures would be rebuilt within two years, and the settlement in vulnerable areas shifted to safer locations.

"Safe and well-facilitated integrated settlements will be developed", the PM said, adding that people would be provided safe and quake resistant housing soon.

According to the PM, the Earthquake Safety Day is an opportunity to remind us on reducing the quake risks. "Government is committed to ensuring least loss in the quake", he assured.

It was shared by the PM that 80 percent of the reconstruction of the archeological infrastructures has been over. The cultural heritages, temples need to be rebuilt as it were, he underscored.

Because the archaeological heritages and temple also bear the historical significance, we need to reconstruct it in the same structure and style. It is similar in case of the structures before that of 1990 BS earthquake.

On the occasion, Home Minister Ram Bahadur Thapa shared that government had brought the risk reduction programme, and the reconstruction activities would be carried out with the coordination at federal, province and local levels.

National Society for Earthquake Technology Executive Director Surya Narayan Shrestha suggested the government that it launched the public awareness programme to reduce the earthquake-induced damages. He complained that the building code was not implemented at the local level.

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