19,000 Bhaktapur quake survivors still waiting for housing relief grant

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Although two months and half have elapsed since house grant agreement was made between more than 19,000 registered quake-survivors and Central Project Implementation Unit under the Ministry of Federal Affairs and Local Development in Bhaktapur district, they have not received Rs 50,000 as the first tranche of the relief aid yet.

The incumbent government has announced to increase the grant assistance to Rs 300,000 to each quake-hit households from initially announced Rs 200,000 for the reconstruction of their quake-damaged houses.

Principally, the first instalment was to be distributed within the five days of the agreement but Bhaktapur folks, whose houses sustained damages from the 7.6-magnitude Gorkha Earthquake last year, are left hanging in the balance due to the dismal implementation of the agreement.

The total number of quake-survivors households in the district stood at 33,696 but the National Reconstruction Authority has only enlisted the names of 26,016 such households, according to Local Development Officer (LDO) in Bhaktapur, Dhruba Bahadur Koirala.

LDO Koirala shared that the delay in the distribution of grant assistance was due to lack of fund. "We have not been able to distribute the relief grant since we have not received the fund for the same," said Koirala, adding, "We have demanded with the higher authority to release the fund at the earliest."

In the meantime, the local authority has been flooded with around 7,000 complaints that have been registered at local authority, claiming that there were still some quake-survivors left to be recorded and some facing issues in land among others, he mentioned.

The respective VDCs in the district assume that it would take three months more to receive the aid. RSS


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