Kathmandu, Oct 30: Of the total 2,700 quake-damaged houses registered in the Kathmandu Metropolitan City (KMC), only 500 were found to have been dismantled by the KMC although six months have elapsed since the April 25 earthquake hit the country.
These houses are mostly from the most affected zones as Balaju, Chaumati, Sitapaila and along the Bishumati riverside, according to Dhanpati Sapkota, Chief of Implementation Division at the KMC.
Similarly, as many as 50 quake-damaged houses which obstructed the public space or posed threat to adjoining houses were immediately dismantled by Nepal Army, Nepal Police and KMC.
Currently, KMC has been dismantling those houses receiving complete damages within the inner circle of the city, shared Dhanpati.
According to him, the delay in dismantling such houses is attributed to the festival time and reluctance of the house-owners who often cite the dual ownership of the house of house-owners living abroad.
To dismantle such houses, first the house-owners need to file an application to the KMC. Thereafter a team of KMC goes to the concerned houses for assessment.
KMC is now gearing up to dismantle the quake-ravaged houses in Kalimati, Kalanki and Kuleshower among others places.
Many a times the house owners themselves are found dismantling the quake-damaged houses after KMC grants its permission while some seek KMC’s help for the same and clearing the debris after dismantling, added Sapkota.
Meanwhile, KMC has received 200 applications by the neighbors to dismantle the quake-damaged houses in their neighborhood.
KMC earlier used to receive some 20 requests seeking KMC’s support in dismantling the quake-damaged houses. These days it receives four to five in a week, it was shared.