Earthquake Safe Communities in Nepal

Three-day training on 'Building Construction Management' concluded in Lalitpur

Unsafe buildings are the root cause of Earthquake Risk in Nepal. Therefore, improving seismic performance of new constructions as well as the existing buildings has become one of the main thrusts towards earthquake safety in Nepal.  Nepal's urbanization process is progressing at a very rapid pace since past few years. It is resulting in construction of buildings that are vulnerable to earthquake at very high rate.

Most of the residential buildings in Nepal are constructed at the guidance and with the involvement of a petty contractors and head-mason. Masons are the key actors who translate designs into reality. As the involvement of engineers or professionals in building construction is very limited, the new building stocks in Nepal have become extremely vulnerable to earthquake and it would continue to be so unless and until the skills of contractors and masons on earthquake resistant construction were not enhanced. This shows a clear need of enhancing construction skills of the contractors/masons to develop their knowledge on earthquake resistant construction.  Since contractors and masons are the key actors in buildings construction, it is obvious that contractor training is the key for promoting safer construction. With the realization of such need, National Society of Earthquake Technology-Nepal (NSET) has pioneered and conducting training programs on earthquake-resistant construction technologies for local petty contractors and masons over the past two and half decade with the objective of making them aware of the such techniques.

To continue and consolidate process, Department of Urban Development and Building Construction(DUDBC) in association with Institute for Social and Environmental Transition-Nepal (ISET-N) and NSET jointly conducted a training on 'Building Construction Management ' to petty contractors being involved in building construction in the Lalitpur and Kathmandu districts.

A total of 25 petty contractors active in the construction of residential buildings in Kathmandu and Lalitpur participated the three-day training held during Sept 15-17, 2019. The training was formally concluded by Mr. Ramchandra Dangal, Deputy Director General of DUDBC with handing the certificate over to the participants. 

Speaking at the concluding ceremony, Mr. Dangal urged the participants to implement the knowledge and skills learned during the trainings and contribute in building resilient community in Nepal.
Mr. Kanchan Mani Dixit, Executive Director of ISET-Nepal, highlighted the important role of petty contractors in earthquake resistant construction.

Dr. Ramesh Guragain, Deputy Executive Director of NSET, encouraged the participants to devote themselves in safer construction practice after the training acknowledging the important role of contractors could play in making buildings resilient to future earthquakes in Nepal. 



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