NRA to man­age ad­di­tional Rs 600 bil­lion to com­plete re­con­struc­tion drive

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Ex­ec­u­tive Of­fi­cer of the Na­tional Re­con­struc­tion Author­ity ( NRA) Sushil Gyawali has said that the re­con­struc­tion body would take ini­tia­tives at the na­tional and in­ter­na­tional level to man­age re­sources to meet the fi­nan­cial re­quire­ment to com­plete the post-quake re­con­struc­tion. “The NRA will bridge the fi­nan­cial gap by co­or­di­nat­ing with the Nepal gov­ern­ment and the donor com­mu­nity,” he said on Fri­day while ad­dress­ing the 8th meet­ing of the De­vel­op­ment As­sis­tance Co­or­di­na­tion and Fa­cil­i­ta­tion Com­mit­tee (DACFC), the body to co­or­di­nate be­tween the gov­ern­ment and the donors to over­see the in­ter­na­tional con­tri­bu­tion in the re­con­struc­tion. Rep­re­sen­ta­tives of about 25 donor agen­cies and in­ter­na­tional de­vel­op­ment part­ners had at­tended the meet­ing. Gyawali in­formed the meet­ing that about Rs. 600 bil­lion more was re­quired to com­plete the re­main­ing re­con­struc­tion work. The cost of the five-year re­con­struc­tion work had ear­lier been es­ti­mated at Rs. 938 bil­lion. The to­tal bud­getary ex­pen­di­ture and the pro­jected ex­pen­di­ture this fis­cal year would come to around Rs. 336 bil­lion. He said that the NRA would try to ac­quire the amount pledged by the donor com­mu­nity dur­ing the In­ter­na­tional Con­fer­ence on Nepal's Re­con­struc­tion (ICNR) held in the im­me­di­ate af­ter­math of the 2015 Gorkha Earthquake. High­light­ing the progress on the over­all re­con­struc­tion till date, he also in­formed the de­vel­op­ment part­ners that the NRA was set to re­view the Post-Dis­as­ter Re­cov­ery Frame­work, pre­pared af­ter the de­tailed dam­age as­sess­ment sur­vey in 2016, as the post-earthquake re­con­struc­tion reaches a mid-way.

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