To illustrate the overview of activities for reconstruction and rehabilitation after Nepal Earthquake by Government of Nepal with support from Japan and discuss on expediting the reconstruction, National Reconstruction Authority (NRA) and Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) organized ” Build Back Better and Resilience Workshop on 1 Year Memorial of Nepal Earthquake” in Kathmandu on 25th April 2016.
In the workshop JICA presented its activities and future prospects of its assistance with attendance by Mr. Hiroshi Kato, Vice President of JICA and H.E. Masashi Ogawa, Ambassador of Japan to Nepal. With the completion of 1 year of Nepal earthquake, JICA has completed several recovery activities in earthquake affected area. In education sector, JICA rehabilitated 60 classroom blocks and other 90 schools in Dhading, Gorkha and Nuwakot district are targeted. Additionally, 80 schools will be reconstructed in Gorkha, Nuwakot, Rasuwa, and Makwanpur district from the end of April 2016. In the housing sector, JICA is assisting in rebuilding houses in compliance to earthquake resistant standards in Sindhupalchowk and Gorkha. Along with Nepal Government, JICA has produced guidebook for reconstruction of earthquake resistant houses and till the date, 403 masons and 1012 households have been trained for safer housing. Similarly, JICA completed emergency recovery of partially damaged section of Sindhuli and Kathmandu Bhaktapur Road. JICA already implemented couple of quick impact projects for livelihood support in Sindhupalchowk and Gorkha that includes the construction of women training center in Chautara and VDC office of Thokarpa.
Furthermore, reconstruction of Bir Hospital and Paropakar Maternity and Women’s Hospital, replacement of water transmission pipeline in Sindhupalchowk and bridge construction in Gorkha are some pipeline projects in infrastructure sector.
In the workshop, Mr. Ram Prasad Thapalia, Joint Secretary of NRA had a presentation regarding reconstruction policy and accomplishment. Similarly, there was presentation by Dr. Satoru Nishikawa, Executive Director of Research, Japan Center for Area Development Research and Prof. Masashiko Murata, Kansai University of International Studies. The presentation was followed by the panel discussion on “Expediting further the recovery and reconstruction”
In total JICA assisted 32 billion Japanese Yen for reconstruction and rehabilitation work. We, JICA in cooperation with NRA would like to ensure the expedition on recovery and rehabilitation project for maximum support to earthquake victim said the press release.