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Construction of houses begins in storm hit Bara, Parsa villages

Narayan Neupane, BARA: Construction of houses in the villages in Bara and Parsa which were worst hit by the recent storm began today. The reconstruction began under the people’ housing project launched at once from 12 places in the districts.

Deputy Prime Minister and Defence Minister Ishwor Pokhrel laid the foundation stone to the reconstruction at Purainiya of Pheta rural municipality-6, while Minister for Land Management, Cooperatives and Poverty Alleviation Padma Kumari Aryal at Telgai of Mahagadhimai-7, Minister for Physical Infrastructures and Transport, Raghubir Mahaseth, at Hardiya of Subarna rural municipality-4, and Minister for Federal Affairs and General Administration Lal Babu Pandit at Benauli from Pachrauta municipality-7.

Others to lay foundation stone for the reconstruction at different places are Deputy Prime Minister and Health Minister Upendra Yadav, Home Minister Ram Bahadur Thapa, Minister for Urban Development Mohammad Ishtiyak Rai, Minister for Women, Children and Senior Citizens, Thammaya Thapa, Minister for Energy, Hydropower and Irrigation, Barsha Man Pun, Minister for Water Supply and Sanitation, Bina Magar. Even the Chief Minister of State-2, Lal Babu Raut, laid the foundation stone at Chhotki Phulbariya at Kalaiya Submetropolis.

Nepal Army is tasked to build 1362 houses in Bara and 92 in Parsa district. The houses would be handed over by coming mid August. The government has decided to allocate Rs 79 million to the Nepal Army for the reconstruction. It is estimated that a house having three rooms would cost half a million rupees to construct. As many as 3,000 army persons including technicians would be mobilized for the project.

The storm reflecting the features of tornado occurred on March 31 had claimed the lives of 28 persons from Bara and Parsa districts.

At the programme organized to lay the foundation stone to a house here, DPM Pokharel urged the locals and people’s representatives to extend support to the government for the people’s housing project.

“Nepal Army will accomplish its responsibility with the stipulated time. All tiers of governments should work in coordination to make the project successful to ensure safe housing to the people surviving the disaster,” he added.

Similarly, another DPM and Health Minister Yadav said, “It is the duty of the State to provide relief to the people victimized in the disaster.”

Home Minister Thapa viewed that government was always together with the people.

State 2 Chief Minister Raut welcomed the concern the federal government showed to those who braved the storm. He also expressed gratitude to the Nepal Army for initiating work with concrete plan. RSS

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