NRNA Smart Rest Room Project

 Fig: Glimpse of handover ceremony of Smart Restroom, Pokhara

Non-resident Nepali Association (NRNA) is a non-profit, social organization established to promote and protect the interest of Nepali Diaspora and Nepalis living across the world officially registered under Foreign Ministry of Nepal and headquartered at Kathmandu, Nepal. The network of Nepali Diaspora represented by NRNA has developed itself into a formidable force that can represent Nepali interest globally. NRNA, ever since its establishment in 2003; has envisioned pooling and utilizing the resources of the Nepali Diaspora for the betterment of the motherland and has promoted and implemented this concept through various socio-economic activities.

Rationale of Smart Rest Room Project:

Toilets facility is a basic necessity but often taken for granted by those who have regular access. Article 30 of the Constitution of Nepal 2072 provides the right to every citizen to live in a clean and healthy environment while Article 35 provides for the right of every citizen to have access to clean drinking water and sanitation. In 2015, the United National General Assembly declared sanitation a universal human right. This means that everyone, everywhere, has the right to a toilet.

Currently, 2.5 billion people globally don’t have access to improved sanitation facilities – meaning more people have access to mobile phones than to toilets.  Often, we see public toilets as a matter of public health and hygiene concern only but the unavailability of the public toilet can hinder the overall development process as it is also a part of public service delivery, basic human rights, a matter of mobility and inclusiveness, factor for attracting tourist and a base for a sustainable city.

Many countries in the world now have started doing revolutionary practices in different fields to give people more facilities and make the cities livable. Public toilets are not only an important part of a livable city but also the right of every citizen. But even today, the citizens are deprived of such rights provided by the constitution, and the unavailability of public toilets in cities can be taken as an example. The health of public residing in the cities are at higher risk. Nepalese cities lack public rest room which is restricting the mobility of children, women and elderly people as well as it is inviting more health problems due to open defecation. Weak sanitation has significant health costs so investing in toilets are the measures to address the economic deprivation as well. Improving access to sanitation is a critical step towards reducing diseases. It also helps create physical environments that enhance safety, dignity and self-esteem.


About Project:

Public Rest Room are facilities which are provided for the floating population/general public in places such as markets, bus stations, tourist areas or other public areas where there are considerable number of human movements. In the tourism industry, the availability of quality public toilet matters a lot. The well designed, accessible, and clean toilet can be proven as a revenue booster of any tourism destination. Pokhara being a tourism hotspot of Nepal needs more public toilets than it has now. The journey of Pokhara Metropolitan City towards a smart city cannot be completed without building smart and accessible public toilets in the main tourism /crowded area. Though Pokhara is naturally beautiful, the unavailability of public toilets in the city can play a negative role in attracting tourists. Unavailability of a public toilet in tourism destinations like Pokhara may lead to creating a negative image on the eye of both domestic and international tourists which affects the tourism industry as a whole. Proper public toilet facility can raise the standard of tourism destination as it is counted as a basic facility for tourists. Tourists who visit Pokhara often complain about the unavailability of public toilets. In view of this, NRNA in coordination with Pokhara Metropolitan City has entered in a partnership approach to build a smart rest room and fast-food project at the central of Pokhara called Mahendrapool. Total estimated budget for the project is about NPR 1 crore in which NRNA will contribute 60% of the cost.

Features of Smart Rest Room:

  • – Friendly to person with disabilities and special needs and all gender
  • – Provisioned of materials and process with safety and securities of people
  • – Smart, contemporary and environment friendly features
  • – Smart & environment Friendly features
  • – Gender & Disable Friendly
  • – Facility of fast-food and rest
  • – Attractive to Tourist and visitors
  • – Snack Vending Machine
  • – Lactation Room
  • – Pad Vending Machine

Donors Acknowledgement:

  • – All donors are instantly provided with a certification of appreciation through the system and can be shared through social media and can be used for official taxpurpose.
  • – All the individual invest more than USD 1000/NPR 100000 are placed in in project venue with stonecarving.
  • – All the donors support are shared through social media page of NRNA with their picture and acknowledgement.

Bank Details

Bank of Kathmandu NRNA Charity Fund 012500000402524 For Smart Restroom Project

Project Committee 2021-23

S.N. Name Role Designation Country
1 Rabina Thapa Chair President, NRNA America
2 Roshan Thapa Co-Chair Youth Vice-President, NRNA Zambia
3 Vinay Adhikari Member Deputy General Secre-tary NRNA UK
4 Pramod Sitaula Member Secretary, NRNA USA
5 Radhika Gurung Member Women Secretary, NRNA Hongkong
6 Fanindra Panta Member Treasurer, NRNA ICC
7 Tanka Gaire Member Joint-Treasurer, NRNA Japan
8 Yamuna Bhattarai Member Women Joint-Treasurer, NRNA USA
9 Abdul Basid Member Youth Coordinator, NRNA Qatar
10 Dadiwal Khadka Member DRC Asia Pacific, NRNA Japan
11 Sukraraj Neupane Member Past DRC Europe, NRNA Ireland
12 Dr. Indira Tiwari Member DRWC Asia Pacific, NRNA Korea
13 Muhamad Muktada Musalman Member President, NRNA NCC Qatar Qatar
14 Buddhi Subedi Member President, NRNA NCC USA USA
15 Deepak Gautam Member President, NRNA NCC Canada Canada
16 Nanda Gurung Member President, NRNA NCC Australia Australia
17 Shiva Paudel Member President, NRNA NCC Japan Japan
18 Deepak Pun Member President, NRNA NCC Korea Korea
19 Gokarna Dhakal Member President, NRNA NCC Hongkong Hong Kong
20 Rohit Agrawal Member President, NRNA NCC China China
21 Khadka Bahadur KC Member President, NRNA NCC Belgium Belgium
22 Dr. Nirajan Dhakal Member NCC Netherlands
23 Bikash Shrestha Member NCC Japan
24 Purna Bahadur Pokhariya Member ICC member Qatar
25 Kunal Mishra Member Officer, NRNA Nepal
S.N. Name Role Designation Country
1 Kumar Panta Advisor IP President, NRNA Germany
2 Bharat Thapa Advisor   USA
3 Subodh Panta Advisor   USA
4 Engineer Advisor TBC Nepal
5 Rajesh Thapa Advisor   Nepal



Gaighat Mobile Toilet Project:

Gaighat Mobile Toilet Project completed on 4th January, 2023 in investment of NRs. 280,000 (Nepali Rupees Two Lakh Eighty Thousand Only) with partnership of NRNA NCC Canada. The project was done by Pokhara WASH Industries Pvt. Ltd. Kaski on behalf of NRNA.



Hemja Mobile Toilet Project:

Hemja Mobile Toilet Project completed on 4th January, 2023 in investment of NRs. 250,000 (Nepali Rupees Two Lakh Fifty Thousand Only) with partnership of NRNA NCC Japan. The project was done by Pokhara WASH Industries Pvt. Ltd. Kaski on behalf of NRNA. NRNA NCC Japan has deposited NRs. 200,000/- (Two Lakh Only) deposited in NRNA Account. The payment is to be made to Pokhara Wash Pvt. Ltd.