Nepal faces acute shortage of building materials

Nepal faces acute shortage of building materials

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Nepal faces acute shortage of building materials -min

Nepal faces acute shortage of building materials -min
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Shortage of construction materials, mainly cement and steel, is affecting re-construction of houses for the earthquake victims in some parts of Nepal. Nepal imports these materials from India and in recent months the Himalayan Kingdom has reportedly reduced its imports for reasons not known

Shortage of construction materials, mainly cement and steel, is affecting re-construction of houses for the earthquake victims in some parts of Nepal. Nepal imports these materials from India and in recent months the Himalayan Kingdom has reportedly reduced its imports for reasons not known. Construction work in Sindhuli is worst affected due to the scarcity of materials. Apart from materials which are imported from India, there is scarcity of locally available materials like stones, sand, gravel, among others.

The National Reconstruction Authority in Nepal had recently announced that the quake victims need to complete the DPC (Plinth Band) related works by the second week of January in order to qualify for the second instalment of the government grant for house construction and non-availability of materials has put many people in danger of missing the deadline.

Also, scarcity of materials has resulted in their price going up sharply in recent weeks. A bag of cement now costs between Rs 960 and Rs 1,000 that was previously available for Rs700-800. Similarly, the price of steel rod has increased to Rs 87 a kilogram, up from Rs 67.