As our second phase of the plan is to build permanent settlement, we aim to construct 1,000 earthquake resistant and eco-friendly homes for the victims in the eight earthquake affected districts. We are working with some engineering consultant to build in the Japanese model of village planning. We will closely work with inhabitants and local government for all houses to be relocated which are now scattered in the villages and concentrate them in one location. Based on the size of the population and topography, the villages could either be small, medium or large-sized towns.
An area in the plains and safe from landslides must be chosen first and the place it should not be at a higher elevation as it could be a river valley. This is because providing water supply and road construction and ensuring their maintenance could be difficult at a higher elevation. The new settlement with planned residential areas must accommodate nearby residents and public buildings like banks, shops, schools, hospitals and for recreation activities. Then, such villages or towns should be connected with major roads.
After that we can shift the people living in temporary houses in the villages to this newly-planned location. If we can do this, people can live there for several generations and have access to all basic facilities as well. Road links to places where people have their farms will further help people retain their connection to their villages and also help them continue agriculture as they wish to.