Wednesday, January 26, 2022

India to reconstruct 117 heritage & health projects damaged during 2015 earthquake in Nepal

The Indian Embassy in Nepal and Central Level Project Implementation Unit (Building) of the National Reconstruction Authority (NRA) of Nepal have inked a Memorandum of Undertaking (MoU) for the reconstruction of 14 cultural heritage projects and 103 health sector projects across various districts in Nepal, which got damaged during the 2015 earthquake in the Himalayan country.

The fourteen cultural heritage projects are located in Rasuwa, Lalitpur, Nuwakot, and Dhading districts and 103 health sector projects will place at Lalitpur, Rasuwa, Nuwakot, Sindhupalchowk, Ramechhap, Dolakha, Gulmi, Gorkha, and Kavre districts of Nepal.

As per the statement released by the Indian Embassy in Nepal, these projects, which were damaged during the 2015 earthquake, will be reconstructed at a cost of NRs (Nepalese Rupees) 420 crores.

The MoUs signed by both sides (India – Nepal) witnessed the presence of Karun Bansal, First Secretary (Development Partnership & Reconstruction), and Shyam Kishore Singh, Project Director, CLPIU (Bldg).

CLPIU (Building) of NRA is the implementing agency for both health and cultural heritage sector projects in Nepal.

The post-earthquake assistance

As per India’s post-earthquake reconstruction package to Nepal, the Government of India (GoI) has allocated assistance of USD 250 million along with the US $50 million each for cultural heritage, education, and health sector, and USD 100 million for the Housing sector.

Combining all, 71 education sector projects, 28 cultural heritage sector projects in 7 districts, 147 health facilities in 10 districts and construction of over 50,000 houses in Gorkha and Nuwakot districts of Nepal are being undertaken with the Government of India’s grant assistance.

India’s pivotal role in the development of Nepal’s health sector

Recently, Nepal’s State Minister for Health, Umesh Shrestha said India has been playing a pivotal role in the development of Nepal.

In August 2021, Nepal received 960 Litres Per Minute (LPM) medical oxygen in aid from India. The plant is designed to provide 5 Litres Per Minute (LPM) per person amounting to a total capacity of 960 LPM. It carries a capacity to serve 200 patients simultaneously.

Addressing the virtual handing over of the medical oxygen plant built in Indian assistance at B.P. Koirala Institute of Health Sciences, Shrestha recalled the earlier days when India had helped in establishing the facility.

26 years ago, Nepal’s health sector received support and help from the Indian Government. With this medical plant, province no. 1, 2 of Nepal and Indian states of Bihar Bengal, the Dharan-based BP Koirala Institute of Health Sciences will give great support, said Umesh Shrestha.

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