After Gorkha Quake: Most work done, some remains

Reconstruction in full swing: PM


By A Staff Reporter

Kathmandu, Apr. 25: Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli said on Wednesday that the reconstruction work after the devastating earthquake was moving ahead in a full swing. 

Prime Minister Oli made this remark while inaugurating the reconstructed building of the Dhulikhel-based Sanjivani Namuna Secondary School in Kavre,
“The National Reconstruction Authority that was formed during my last premiership could not execute its work after my exit. After my exit, CEO of the Authority was sacked and politically-motivated CEOs were brought one after another. As a result, the pace of the reconstruction became sluggish,” PM Oli said. He also said that the current government had intensified the reconstruction work soon after its formation. “Now we should carry out work in a similar, dynamic and rapid, manner,” said Oli, adding that the new structures must be safe and quake-resilient.
Education must offer opportunity of self-employment to an individual, he stated. “It is necessary that education provides livelihood to the people,” he added. The Prime Minister expressed worry about the quality of education, saying that the dimensions of the education like morality and honesty were weak.
Oli said that the government would support the community schools to enhance their academic standard.
“Due to the lack of quality maintenance at the community school, the guardians are obliged to admit their children at private schools. The government will support the community schools. Teachers at the community schools should also produce students that can compete with those of the private schools,” he said.
In a different context, PM Oli said that Nepal should now be transformed as a country of digitalised, educated and intellectual Nepalis. “Nepal’s identity as an illiterate, poor and labour-exporting country will be changed soon,” he said. 1
On the occasion, Minister for Communication and Information technology Gokul Prasad Baskota said that 300,000 children were admitted to schools under the leadership of PM Oli.
Stating that the community schools had the necessity of English medium learning, Minister Baskota said that education should be made practical, vocational and productive. “It is necessary to balance the ratio between teachers and students for the enhancement of education,” Baskota stated. Similarly, CEO of National Reconstruction Authority Sushil Gyawali said that the reconstruction of all quake-affected structures would go smoothly from this fiscal year.
The reconstruction of schools would be accomplished within 20 months, said Gyawali, adding that the rebuilding of private houses, schools, health institutions, roads and other infrastructures was moving on in full swing.  

A heritage in Basantapur
still scares locals 

By Modnath Dhakal

Kathmandu, Apr. 25: The southern part of the Kathmandu Durbar Square has a tall, scary structure that menacingly stands among the locals and visitors.
That is the liaison office of the Nepal Sanskrit University (NSU), which boasts artistic Nepali windows and doors.
The four and a half-storey building has been there with multiple cracks, on the support of a dozen props, since the devastating Gorkha Earthquake.
“I have seen the building since I was a child,” said Pushpalal Shrestha, 69, a local resident, who lives nearby. “We are living in a constant fear that even a mild tremor can cause the building to collapse and this can be dangerous as there are many people hanging around the area.”
Pushkar Karki, a curio trader at the Basantapur Dabali, also said that the cracks in the building are threatening. “But, there is nowhere we can go. We have to do our business in order to make our both ends meet,” he said.
While reconstruction of more than a dozen monuments within the Basantapur Durbar Square is going on in a full swing, the age-old building of NSU there remains as it is after the quake hit it on 25 April 2015.
It is due to the total negligence of the authorities and concerned stakeholders that the building facing the ‘Dabali’ or the space in the square got neither the attention nor the budget for its reconstruction.
The National Reconstruction Authority (NRA), Kathmandu Valley Development Trust, China, Japan International Cooperation Agency, United State of America, Kasthamandap Reconstruction Committee and Museum Reconstruction Committee are active in the restoration of one of the UNESCO World Heritage Sites in the country but none has taken the responsibility of the architectural piece that once was a part of the Kumari Bahaal.
None of the concerned authorities including NRA, Department of Archaeology (DoA), Central Project Implementation Unit (CPIU) at the Ministry of Education, Science and Technology (MoEST), University Grant Commission (UGC) and the NSU know about the rebuilding of the heritage.
The NRA said that the reconstruction of education building was the responsibility of the CIPU at the MoEST while its Chief Imanarayan Shrestha stated that the reconstruction of such structure would be managed by the UGC.
However, the UGC officials reiterated that it was the CPIU’s responsibility. An officer said that the UGC had recommended the MoEST for the reconstruction of the building.
“Some of the educational structures are neglected so far, therefore we are working to bring them under our supervision. These buildings are likely to be reconstructed with the money from the Indian support through the Exim Bank,” said Shrestha.
DoA’s Acting Director General Damodar Gautam said that his agency was responsible for the reconstruction of more than century old heritages so the building would be rebuilt by other concerned agencies.
NRA Chief Executive Officer Sushil Gyawali also made similar comments while talking to the press on Tuesday.
Meanwhile, MSU, the main stakeholder, seems not caring the building of its liaison office at all.
A source at the University’s main office said that there was neither any discussion about the reconstruction of the building nor initiatives to manage funds for the same.
The university has been padlocked by the students for the last six months and there were no activities from its authorities. 


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