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Rural Road Safety Unit starts in DOLIDAR
by: RAP 3      on: 17th Jun, 2014

In the second half of May, RAP3 invited Roger Legassick, a Rural Road Safety Expert, to advise DOLIDAR on setting up a Road Safety Unit. Together with two RAP3 interns, Roger visited Dailekh to see what low cost engineering solutions make sense for Nepal’s district roads. Road safety appraisals will be included in September’s road condition surveys and Annual Road Asset Management Plans (ARAMPs) and linked to maintenance funding. Next steps include finding accident black spots from Police accident reports and participating in the National Road safety Plan.

Rural Road Maintenance Management System
by: RAP 3      on: 17th Jun, 2014

RAP3 is assisting DoLIDAR with the development of its RRMMS. This will bring together a set of manuals, guidelines, policies, data and software that together will provide the procedures and tools necessary for the management of rural road maintenance. DoLIDAR’s Technical Committee met on 23rd May 2014 when RAP3’s Road Maintenance Expert Serge Cartier van Dissel presented options for development of the RRMMS Terms of Reference. The meeting was attended by representatives from sister projects such as SNRTP, DRILP and LRBP who will share the development load of RRMMS and contribute to DoLIDAR’s objective of driving Sector Wide Approaches (SWAp) among all LRN projects. 

Have you heard about Rocket Stoves?
by: RAP 3      on: 17th Jun, 2014

Rocket Stove Technology

The rocket stove is a hybrid between a metal and a mud improved cooking stove (ICS), developed with the help of SNV (an INGO) and the Centre for Rural Technology(CRT). RAP3 INGO partner Winrock International changed all planned mud stoves into rocket ones

Rocket Stove Costs

The rocket stove is much cheaper (NRs 1600) than a metal stove (NRs 8200) and performs much better (more efficiency, less smoke) than a mud stove (NRs 500). Villagers pay NRs 400 and the government and RAP3 together Rs 1200  (GBP1=NRS160)

The Rocket Stove Installer

one of the three trained installers for Doti district, and is paid through the VDC-level committee overseeing sanitation, nutrition and hygiene. So far the three installed 300 of the planned 476 Rocket Stoves in Gaguda VDC of Doti and earned together Rs 60,000 (Rs 200 per stove). Every user gets a booklet with user instructions. The project will help him make a business plan for expanding his services in and outside the RAP3 project area.

Rocket Stove User

Ujali Devi Chand of Tallo Gaguda, Gaguda VDC-5, paid Rs 400 for her new rocket stove.  The first two weeks of use she found that one bari of firewood (bari is the load she can carry on her back) lasts 15 days in stead of the 5 days she was used to with her old stove. She does not smile for nothing: she estimated she will save yearly 30 days on collecting firewood in the forest (7 hours/trip)

RAP3 Using modern Survey Equipment
by: RAP 3      on: 17th Jun, 2014

Following competitive bidding, RAP3 has placed a bulk order for engineering topographic survey gear, including 14 automatic level machines and 4 ‘Total Stations’ for accurate distance and angle measuring plus data storage. The units will be used in RAP3’s 4 new road construction hill districts and increase the efficiency and accuracy of engineering surveys by support consultants and develop skills in modern technologies. Initially the survey gear will be used by consultants supervising the works and be handed over to DDCs later in the programme.

Road Maintenance Group (RMG) Training in Parbat
by: RAP 3      on: 10th Jun, 2014

RMG training in Parbat was held on 5th June 2014 and consisted of half a day of theory followed by half a day of practical training. Following the theoretical sessions participants attended a practical session involving maintenance of a 1,200 m section of road by RMGs. At the end all seventeen groups signed agreements with the DDC. The DDC will now provide letters of recommendation to allow the groups to open bank as planned. RMGs will start maintenance work by 1st July 2014. Meanwhile RAP3 Support Consultants will prepare a detailed quantities, man-days and monthly work plan by 22nd June.

All together nine presentation were prepared as follows:

  • Selection criteria and difficulties experienced during RMG formation by Social Mobiliser
  • Process of formation of RMGs by Prakash Lamsal, DDC,
  • Roles and responsibility of RMG in Routine and Recurrent Maintenance (Act District Engineer)
  • Supervision and agreement process (DDC Planning Officer),
  • Payment procedure (DDC Accounts Officer),
  • Monitoring and work deduction (Resident Eng),
  • Different maintenance in three seasons (RAP3 Sub Asset Maintenance Engineer),
  • Monthly work plan/layout (Inspector of Works),
  • Health and Safety, Tools and Budget (RAP3 District Team Leader)

RAP3 Consultants Forum – 5th June 2014
by: RAP 3      on: 10th Jun, 2014

RAP3’s capacity building strategy for the RTI sector provides support to both central government and participating districts but recognises that long term sustainability will depend on the performance of the private sector. Outsourcing to the private sector is already practised by donor funded projects, including DTMPs and ARAMPS, the survey and design of bridges, technical supervision of implementation and survey and monitoring of road condition and work progress.

For the first time RAP3 is outsourcing the planning and implementation of works in its districts and providing an Annual Support Plan for the private sector. To coincide with the British Expertise mission to Nepal 2-4th June and the recent British Expertise Award to RAP2 Bridges we invited the 14 consulting firms working on RAP3 to a Consultant’s Forum to discuss their current inputs on RAP3, what has gone well and what has not and what we might do about setting this right. All agreed that this kind of interaction is very useful in raising awareness about performance and results and that more such events should be planned.

Workshop for RAP3 Office Managers
by: RAP 3      on: 10th Jun, 2014

RAP3 Office Managers from the 14 districts, regional office and Kathmandu attended a training and team building workshop, the first such event to be held by RAP3. This reflects their role in delivering project results on transparency, accountability and value for money. Course modules included RAP administration, financial management, the new Accounting Module of our RAP Integrated Database (RAPID), UK health and safety and anti-corruption and bribery acts apply to RAP.  Issues raised by the OMs have led to improvements to RAP procedures, facilities and allowances.