Earthquake Safe Communities in Nepal

Training for the Local Authorities on DRR, BCI and Retrofit held in Singati, Dolakha

Local authorities representing Bigu Rural Municipality and Kalinchwok Rural Municipality of Dolakha have drawn-on in proceeding the execution of building code and building permit system in their municipalities. Also, they have shown keen interest in retrofitting the non-damaged houses and existing vulnerable houses in their areas. In a training conducted during May 16-17, 2019 at Singati, Dolakha under NSET-Baliyo Ghar Program, the representatives vowed their actions of priority for the resilient communities.

Two-days training on Disaster Risk Reduction/Management, Building Code Implementation and Retrofit was organized to discuss the roles of local authority in reducing the risk of multiple disasters, follow building permit system and implement retrofit. Altogether 32 participants including 6 ward chairs of Bigu and Kalinchowk rural municipality actively participated the sessions.

Chief of Bigu Rural Municipality, Mr. Yudhistir Khadka at a ceremony to close the training emphasized on the plans for sustainable reconstruction and disaster risk mitigation measures that his municipality is pondering these days. He said, "Our thoughts have drawn to prepare a concrete plan to implement building code and disaster risk reduction/management. As we are to finish the reconstruction, our actions of priorities have to be directed towards making our communities resilient." 

Ward Chair of Bigu-4, Mr. Buktam Tamang, one of the participants shared his experience, "Though we have several tasks to perform, our efforts for disaster risk reduction and management have just begun. The training has inducted us to concretize our plan and prioritize the actions for DRR." Ward members showed their eagerness basically on retrofitting the vulnerable houses existing in their localities. 

As part of the training, the participants were acquainted with the process of building permit system through simulation. Many of the municipalities in Nepal are following building permit system and implementing building code which now is mandatory for the rural municipalities as well. So to enhance the understanding level and capacitate in setting the BCI structure (Policy/system, manpower, resources, technical assistance) in rural municipalities, the demo building permit system exercise was conducted. Baliyo Ghar staffs took part in the simulation.

Moreover, to make them more confident in implementing Retrofit particularly in stone masonry houses, onsite visit was arranged in one of the retrofit sites in Laduk, ward-04 of Bigu Rural Municipality. Baliyo Ghar program is implementing retrofit training in the house of Mr. Bhagwat Kumari Khatri, one of the earthquake affected beneficiaries in Laduk. Witnessing the on-field applied retrofit technology, the participants were seen quite motivated to implement retrofit in such partial damaged-stone masonry houses in their locality.

Baliyo Ghar program is implementing 6 such trainings in Dolakha, Nuwakot and Dhading with new curricula in the Year 4 of program implementation. Earlier in Year 3, six trainings to local authorities on Sustainable Reconstruction and Disaster Risk Reduction were conducted.

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