On 6th June 2015, Deerwalk Foundation supported the second series of “Post Earthquake Building Clinic and Awareness Program” organized at Deerwalk Complex. The program was organized by Gagan Thapa, member of parliament, who was elected from constituency no. 4 of Kathmandu. The program was targeted to the people of wards 7 and 8. The main guests of the program were PM Gagan Kumar Thapa and Dr. Bijay Upadhayay , Director of NSET (National Society of Earthquake Technology Nepal), who joined to provide technical support.
This program was organized to create awareness on the topic. The people were brought to ask questions and state their problems to the experts hoping that their problems could be solved. More than 300 families came to the program to state their problems and get an expert opinion. Dr. Bijay Upadhayay answered the questions asked by the audience and also gave his opinion on how to make a house safe and how to repair any cracks. He also shared some useful facts about the earthquake and shared tips on how to remain safe during the earthquake.
22 civil engineers had participated in the program, who also talked to the audience and answered their queries. Some videos on the dangers of making a house too soon, without the proper consent of the municipality were shown. The video reflected how one should take necessary precaution while building a house. It showed that if the approved blueprint is not followed, there could be dire consequences.
Mr. Gagan Kumar Thapa said, “Because of the earthquake, many people have been affected and many houses have been destroyed. Many houses have been damaged beyond repair. Many houses have unusual cracks and people are scared and confused if they should go inside or not. There also are many houses that are waiting to be inspected. People should be aware in these matters and start rebuilding their houses. The municipality will help the people in doing so.” He has also made sure that his Sifal office will be sending NSET trained experts to check and repair any damages in the area for the next two months.
There were many Municipal Executives, members of many political parties and volunteers participating in the program. The organizers have planned to do this kind of programs in other parts of Kathmandu as well. Over ten volunteers from Deerwalk Institute of Technology (DWIT) helped to make sure the program go smoothly as per the plan.
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