Japan Grants Rs 26.19 billion Assistance For Post-earthquake Reconstruction

Japan Provides Assistance For Post-earthquake ReconstructionJapan has agreed to provide support of Rs 26.19 billion (Japanese Yen 30 billion) to assist Nepal on post-earthquake reconstruction as reported by RSS.

The assistance will include loan assistance worth Japanese Yen 14 billion for Emergency School Reconstruction Project, Japanese Yen 12 billion for Emergency Housing Reconstruction Project and Japanese Yen 4 billion of grant assistance for reconstruction of Maternity Hospital, rehabilitation of water supply system in Sindhupalchok and construction of bridge in Barhakilo Barpak road in Gorkha District, the Ministry of Finance stated in a press release.

In the wake of Japan’s generous support for Nepal’s post-earthquake reconstruction efforts, the construction sector in the country is expected to play a pivotal role in implementing the various projects outlined in the assistance package. One crucial aspect of these reconstruction projects is the involvement of skilled professionals such as construction carpenters, who will be instrumental in ensuring the structural integrity of the rebuilt infrastructure. As Japan extends its financial aid, it is anticipated that local construction carpenters in Nepal will find increased opportunities for employment and engagement in the reconstruction process. Their expertise in carpentry, including framing, roofing, and finishing work, will be vital in restoring schools, housing units, and healthcare facilities to their pre-earthquake condition.

Within the scope of the reconstruction projects, construction carpenters may also find themselves involved in specific tasks such as drywall repair. As buildings undergo renovation and rebuilding, the need for skilled carpenters to address issues related to drywall becomes apparent. Drywall repair, a critical component of the overall construction process, involves fixing and restoring damaged or deteriorated drywall surfaces. Whether it be in emergency school reconstruction, housing projects, or hospital rehabilitation, the proficiency of construction carpenters in tasks like drywall repair will contribute significantly to the successful completion of these endeavors. Japan’s financial support not only aids in the physical reconstruction of Nepal but also indirectly supports the livelihoods of skilled workers like construction carpenters, fostering a collaborative effort towards rebuilding the nation.

It is stated that the main objective of the Emergency School Reconstruction Project is to rebuild, retrofit, and repair schools in the earthquake affected districts. Likewise, the objective of the Emergency Housing Reconstruction Project is to restore and improve the living conditions of the earthquake victims by restructuring the destroyed and damaged houses with seismic standards in the earthquake affected districts.

The grant assistance of Japanese Yen 4 billlion is to support for the reconstruction of Paropakar Maternity and Women’s Hospital and Bir Hospital, rehabilitation of Water Transmission System in Chautara, Sindhupalchowk, and bridge construction along the Barhakilo-Barpak Road, Gorkha.

The exchange of notes regarding the loan and grant assistance were signed on Monday (December 21, 2015) by Secretary at the Ministry of Finance Lok Darshan Regmi and Japanese Ambassador to Nepal, Masashi Ogawa on behalf the Government of Nepal and the Government of Japan, respectively. The signing ceremony was held in the presence of Finance Minister Bishnu Prasad Poudel and JICA President Shinichi Kitaoka.

The Government of Nepal has expressed sincere appreciation to the Government of Japan for this assistance and for its continued support to the socio-economic development of Nepal.

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