Government of India has pledged to provide design and consultancy services to Nepal government for reconstruction of dozens of educational facilities of Nepal that were damaged during the great earthquake of 2015.
The Embassy of India, Kathmandu on Wednesday signed an Agreement with the Central Building Research Institute (CBRI), Roorkee, India for post-earthquake reconstruction of 72 educational facilities in Nepal. The Agreement was signed by Dr. Ajay Kumar, Deputy Chief of Mission, Embassy of India, on behalf of the Government of India, and by Dr. Purnima Parida, Group Leader, Planning & Business Development Group, CBRI, Roorkee.
Sushil Gyewali, Chief Executive Officer, National Reconstruction Authority of Nepal and India’s ambassador to Nepal Manjeev Singh Puri, were also present during the signing in ceremony.
The CBRI will provide Design and Project Management Consultancy services for reconstruction of 70 higher secondary schools in seven districts - Gorkha, Nuwakot, Dhading, Dolakha, Kavrepalanchowk, Ramechhap and Sindhpalchowk - as well as the Central Library of Tribhuvan University, Kathmandu and the National Library in Lalitpur. The CBRI will work with the Central Level Project Implementation Unit (CLPIU) of the Ministry of Education of Nepal to reconstruct/retrofit educational facilities as per the Government of Nepal’s guidelines on disaster-resilient reconstruction.
Separately, Ms. Shuchita Kishore, Head of Reconstruction Wing of the Indian Embassy Ima Narayan Shrestha, Project Director, CLPIU (Education) signed project specific MoUs, laying out the implementation modalities for reconstruction of eight schools in Gorkha and Nuwakot districts. The total cost of the project is NRs. 50 million, according to Indian Embassy sources.