Ranjha- The Narainapur rural municipality in Banke, the district in the southern plain of State 5, is vulnerable to fire at all-time, majorly in dry season. To minimize such risk, thatched-roof houses are to be modified so as to keep them safe from fire. The rural municipality comprises six wards and in the first phase, 50 extremely poor households in each ward will get safe houses with tin roofs.
A recent meeting of the Safe Civic Housing Coordination Committee decided to implement the programme in 300 houses: 50 houses in each ward, according to rural municipality chair Istiyak Ahamad Saha. Roofs of such houses will be replaced by the corrugated zinc plates. The Narainapur rural municipality is listed as the most backward village in the entire State 5. The respective ward offices will issue a notice this week, demanding applications from the locals to select the houses for this project.
The village bordering India lies some 40 kilometers southeast from the district headquarters Nepalgunj. Most houses here have thatched roofs and highly prone to fire. If a house caught a fire, it is easily spread to a larger area, destroying the entire settlement, said federal parliament member from Banke constituency-1, and committee coordinator Maheshwor Jung Gahatraj (Athak).