The field visits to the municipalities had been scheduled as per the approved annual work plan of ERRRP project. According to annual work plan, the ERRRP project had to organize meeting in each selected municipality level to develop consensus and understanding of project activities. The field visit was made also to plan for the training and sensitization workshops for municipal technicians and officials & to carry out need assessment for logistic support for focal desk. Preliminary selection and surveying of public buildings for demonstrative retrofitting works had been carried out during the field visit. Basic information on urban building pattern of municipality in terms of earthquake disaster and current building construction trends had been collected during the field visit.
The focal person nominated from municipality had co-coordinated well for the overall arrangements for the conduction of the first municipal level meeting at Dhangadi Municipality. Presence of representatives from Political Parties, Acting Chief Executive Officer, Municipal Engineers, Sub-Engineers, and other administration officers of the municipality had actively participated in the meeting and as well as they took keen interest in ERRRP project activities. During the discussions the participants expressed strong need of training/ sensitization/ orientation/ awareness programs to build the capacity of municipality on earthquake risk reduction as well as need of mass dissemination to aware people on safe construction practices and earthquake preparedness activities.
One of the important outcomes of the field visit is the development of consensus and understanding between ERRRP project and municipality to implement the ERRRP programme activities with full cooperation and coordination from municipality side. The municipality has expressed in written their commitment to take initiations to each and every activity on earthquake risk reductions and preparedness and also to precede the initiation in implementing Nepal National Building Code in building permit process within the municipality for earthquake resistant building construction. Clear and prompt future course of actions have to be developed analyzing current working situation of municipalities in strategic and systematic way by the ERRRP project.
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