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Findings of 'Study of Urban Development in Kathmandu Valley' shared in Kathmandu

A workshop on 'Study of Urban Development in Kathmandu Valley, Status of National Building Code and Building By-Laws Implementation' held at Radisson Hotel, Lazimpat in Kathmandu on March 22, 2019.

The workshop, which saw the participation of around 80 stakeholders, was organized with view to share the survey findings among the stakeholders, get their feedback on the findings of the study, revise the findings in line with the feedback and make recommendations for the effective implementation of Building Code and Building By-Laws in the future.
Representatives from Ministry from Urban Development (MoUD), Department of Urban Development and Building Construction (DUDBC), Kathmandu Valley Development Authority (KVDA), various professional societies (Nepal Engineering Association, Society of Nepali Architects(SONA), Nepal Engineering Council), Municipalities, INGOs and NGOs among others were present at the program.

Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) collaborated with National Society for Earthquake Technology-Nepal (NSET) to carry out the survey on 'Study of Urban Development in Kathmandu Valley'. The Department of Urban Development and Building Construction (DUDBC) has provided important guideline for carrying out the study. The study focused on existing acts and regulations related to by-laws and building code enforcement, the by-laws and building code compliance of constructed buildings and drawings and priority areas of interventions to enhance the bye-laws and building code compliance rate. 

Speaking at a brief inauguration program, Mr. Kozo Nagami, Senior Representative of JICA-Nepal expressed his happiness for being part of the study. He added that the findings of the study would provide information about disaster risk of Kathmandu valley so that it could help to seek corrective measures in days to come.

Also, addressing the program, Mr. Dwarika Shrestha, Deputy Director General (DDG) at DUDBC stressed on the need of expanding the implementation of National Building Code in all 753 local units of the country acknowledging the fact that currently there are only 113 municipalities are implementing building code effectively.
Mr. Surya Narayan Shrestha, Executive Director of NSET, welcomed the participants. Clarifying the objective of the study, he also highlighted that the study will provide a benchmark to launch an initiative for the enforcement of Building Code and Building By-Laws effectively in Kathmandu Valley and elsewhere in days to come.

During the program, Mr. Ram Prasad Bhandari from JICA presented the results and findings of similar studies conducted by JICA in the past (2001-2002 and 2015-2016) in Kathmandu valley. Mr. Suman Pradhan, Manager of Daro Ghar Digo Basti program of NSET presented the methodology, sampling methods/techniques and sample size of the study. Likewise, Ms. Aditi Dhakal from NSET, coordinator of the study, presented the results and findings about the implementation of By-Laws in Kathmandu valley while Mr. Surya Bhakta Sangachhe, Senior Technical Advisor at NSET, presented the results and findings about the implementation of Building Code in the Kathmandu valley.
On the occasion, various participants including Mr. Bhaikaji Tiwari, Development Commissioner of KVDA, Mr. Dilli Raman Niraula, Chairperson of Nepal Engineering Council, Mr. Bibhuti Man Singh, Senior Architect, Mr. Ajay Chandra Lal from IOE, Mr. Suraj Khanal, General Secretary of SONA, Engineers from Lalitpur Metropolitan City and Tarakeshwor Municipality, Chief Administrative Officer (CAO) of Tokha Municipality among others put forth their views, feedback and suggestions.

As the closing remarks, NSET Executive Director Mr. Surya Narayan Shrestha expressed his commitment to pay utmost attention to the findings, results, suggestions and recommendations of the study in future efforts of Building Code and By-Laws Implementation in Nepal.


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