Disaster Resilient Communities in Nepal by 2050

Media Interaction held on plan for Tomorrow’s Rapti Valley (Deukhuri) Capital City

An interaction program with media representatives and journalists on "Tomorrow’s Rapti Valley (Deukhuri Valley) Capital City" has been organized in Rapti City, the Capital City of Lumbini Province, on Thursday, March 21, 2024.

Mr. Chhabi Raj Pokharel, Chief Executive Officer of the Province East Development Authority, stated that the plan is to make the Lumbini’s capital city better managed, safer and livable for all. “The city we will build should be accessible to all to live in. In the first phase, the ownership of the capital city, which has been earmarked by identifying 14 wards of three local levels, should be taken by the local communities. Representation of all, including indigenous peoples, ethnic groups, Tharus, Kumals, and persons with disabilities, must be ensured by the city," Mr. Pokhrel stressed.

Dr. Ramesh Guragain, Deputy Executive Director of the National Society for Earthquake Technology-Nepal, shared information that extensive research has been conducted regarding Rapti City and how to secure it from all kinds of disasters, through discussions with members of the community. According to him, PIDA will incorporate its findings and revise the master plan accordingly.

Participating journalists raised various queries and issues regarding the implementation of the Rapti Master Plan. Chhabi Raj Pokharel from PIDA and Dr. Ramesh Guragain from NSET responded to the questions raised.

To begin with, Mr. Khadga Sen Oli from NSET highlighted the objectives of the interaction and highlighted the need of media engagement in this course of city development for future times. The main objective of the interaction program was to share the findings of the study carried out by the Tomorrow’s Cities project regarding how the city can be made safer and more resilient to disasters in the future, and to share the status of the implementation of the Master Plan of Rapti City.

The project conducted an extensive study by assessing community experiences and attitudes on how to make the capital city safer from disasters in the future. The Province Infrastructure Development Authority (PIDA), Rapti Rural Municipality, Gadhawa Rural Municipality, and Shitaganga Municipality collaborated to study various aspects of disasters such as earthquakes, floods, landslides, and fires in tomorrow’s Rapti City. The study revealed that risks of flooding and cutting caused by the Rapti River and Dolahi Stream, as well as the high risk of landslides on the northern side and the risk of embankment on the plains and foothills, are prevalent in Rapti. The study has recommended considering and mitigating the disaster risks while developing the city for the future.

The event was organized by Provincial Infrastructure Development Authority (PIDA), Lumbini Province, Rapti Rural Municipality and NSET under Tomorrow’s Cities research project.

The half-day program was attended by 25 people, including 15 Rapti-based journalists working for local as well as national media.


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