DTA field Visit

District:

DTA Sankhuwasabha visited Okharbote-Mulkharka-Manglabare to carry out the RMG monthly plan for the month of the Shrawan and measure works for the month of Ashad. The team comprised of the SAME and GE. The team visited the road on the 20th of July 2017. On our way to Okharbote we had to pass through Rammandir-Okharbote road section which is 11km in length. The road has recently undergone specific maintenance in some places but doesn’t have RMG members carrying out routine –recurrent maintenance. The 11km road was in a very poor condition and it took us almost 3-4 hours to cover the distance. We had to literally carry our bike in places. On reaching okharbote we compared the road that is being looked after the RMG members and the road left uncared.

RMG contract extension

District:

RAP 3 DTA and the DCC Sankhuwasabha had a meeting to finalise the RMG contract period for the fiscal year 2074/75. With reference to the letter from DoLIDAR, RAP 3 DTA and DCC came to an agreement that the DCC will sign the RMG contracts for upto 3 months i.e upto the Nepali month of Ashwin. The meeting was held on the 16th July and following the meeting the DTA started contract signing of the RMG members. The signing went on from the 16th to the 22nd of July.

Tools distribution to RMGs

District:

RAP3 DTA along with the DCC jointly distributed raincoats and tools to all the RMG members in their respective roads in the month of June-July.  Tools procured in the month of June (1st week) and the second lot in the last week of June were distributed along with the raincoats that the DCC received in the first week of July. The 59 members of the RMG each received raincoats. Tools, boots, safety goggles and masks were distributed as per the need of RMG members. Sankhuwasabha has RMGs in 9 roads under RAP3 TA.

DTA field visit

District:

Pokhari-Pyangkot road corridor connects Pokhari bazaar to  Pyangkot. The road is 14 km long and has 10 RMG members comprising of 4 female and 6 male members. They are subdivided into 4 groups based on their place of residence along the road corridor. Pokhari-Pyangkot road corridor is pliable up to CH 2+800. The road from 2+800 to 3+000 has heavy ruts that are beyond the capacity of the RMG members. Even if the ruts are levelled the excessive rain will only increase their severity. The current road level is around 1m below the formation level in places. Specific maintenance is ongoing and hopefully by the end of this fiscal year the critical areas will be maintained. Payments for the RMG have yet to be made for the Nepali months of Chaitra and Baisakh. Talks with the DCC accounts are underway and we are currently following up with the Accounts department on a regular basis. The payments are likely to be made in the 2nd week of Jestha. According to accounts department. The RMG members have shown commitment to work despite the delay in payment. They have ensured the DTA that work during the monsoon will not be affected because of the delayed payments.

DTA field visit

District:

Pokhari-Pyangkot road corridor connects Pokhari bazaar to  Pyangkot. The road is 14 km long and has 10 RMG members comprising of 4 female and 6 male members. They are subdivided into 4 groups based on their place of residence along the road corridor. Pokhari-Pyangkot road corridor is pliable up to CH 2+800. The road from 2+800 to 3+000 has heavy ruts that are beyond the capacity of the RMG members. Even if the ruts are levelled the excessive rain will only increase their severity. The current road level is around 1m below the formation level in places. Specific maintenance is ongoing and hopefully by the end of this fiscal year the critical areas will be maintained. Payments for the RMG have yet to be made for the Nepali months of Chaitra and Baisakh. Talks with the DCC accounts are underway and we are currently following up with the Accounts department on a regular basis. The payments are likely to be made in the 2nd week of Jestha. According to accounts department. The RMG members have shown commitment to work despite the delay in payment. They have ensured the DTA that work during the monsoon will not be affected because of the delayed payments.

Widening of Kitingdada-Bihibare Road

District:

RAP 3 DTA team visited Kitingdada-Bihibare on the 22nd of May 2017. The road corridor links Chainpur-Mude SRN to Bihibare Bazaar. The road is 10 km long and has 7 RMG members out of which 3 are male and 4 are female. The 7 member team has been divided into 2 smaller groups depending on their place of residence along the road corridor. There are farmlands on both sides of road at many sections because of which water problems in road surface are created and there are no proper drainage. Tractors and two wheelers(motorbikes) account as the majority   traffic  in this DRCN. Heavy loaded tractors in particular have been found to cause deep ruts on the road with soft  surface.  Because of these reasons, the major responsibilty of the RMGs is to create proper drainage and water crossings to drain out the water and not let it accumulate over the road surface. The road is undergoing widening at the moment under the DCC. The widening works is mainly focused after CH 6+000. So, the existing drains have been covered. The RMG is handed the task of completely finishing creating earthern side drains at places where the widening works are being carried out. The DCC too has shown its expectation from RAP 3 to direct the RMGs in order to create side and cross drainage in the road.

Road widening in Num-Makalu road corridor

District:

The Num-Makalu road corridor is located at the northern part of the district. The road is 4 km in length and a total of 3 RMGs are mobilised in the road corridor. The 4 km road stretch is now the backbone for the construction of Arun III hydropower project as it serves as the access road. The road is 4.5m wide and has narrow sections of up to 3.5m. The road currently is highly used by dump trucks, excavators, tractors (for wood and fuel) and jeeps of the consultant/contractor team of Arun III. This increased vehicular movement has helped the RMG members to repair potholes and ruts (excavator). The excavator however has severely damaged the earthen drains, with the rains approaching the members are concerned.  This time however, the road is undergoing a makeover. Arun III hydropower project along with the user committee has started widening of the road in sections that are narrow. They have currently deployed excavators in loops so that a minimum radius can be maintained. This work needs to be carried out as soon as possible so the earthen drains and preparation for the rainy season can be done before hand.

RMG public audit

District:

Public Audit of RMG mainly aims to ensure the fair wage distribution among the RMG members. Apart from fair wage distribution, public Audit of RMG also helps to access and address the problems faced by RMGs while working in road and also safety aspects are discussed.  This provides organization confidence that each RMG member is receiving a fair wage based on attendance as calculated by technicians and problems faced by them is duly solved. Public Audit of RMG is conducted once in every four months in Sankhuwasabha. However, a new guideline for Public Audit April 2015 has mentioned that Public Audit of RMG should be held following every payment. We carry out the monthly wage audit where the RMG members have a meeting and distribute their monthly wages.

Field visit of Okharbote-Mulkharka-Manglabare road

District:

RAP 3 DTA team visited Okharbote-Mulkharka-Mangalbare on the 12th of April 2017. The road corridor links Okharbote to Manglabare. The road is 18 km long and has 12 RMG members out of which 7 are male and 5 are female.  The 12 member team has been divided into 4 smaller groups depending on their place of residence along the road corridor. The work this month was specially focused on the clearing of side drains as rains fall early in the district. Apart from that the members have been directed by the DTA to clear ruts and maintain a levelled carriageway.  The section between 12+000 and 15+000 is very slippery and has multiple loops. This section required special attention and the members have proven that working part time can prove to be very useful. The road including the treacherous 3 kms is totally rut free and drains can be seen throughout the road corridor. On meeting locals they informed us that the group was very efficient and were on stand by throughout the month. Local contractors too were very impressed with the work done by the RMG’s.

CPD training on implementation and quality control

District:

As per the part of capacity enhancement and continuing professional development of DTO, DCC and district RAP staff, one day quality control training and one day implementation training were conducted on  21st and 22nd March 2017 by DTA Sankhuwasabha. The participants sat through an entire day of training for two days with the first day being implementation modules and the second day being quality management. The sessions were facilitated by the OM, Khadga Bahadur Thapa and conducted by the GE, Aadit Pathak. On behalf of RAP 3 DTA SAME, Sanjeev Kumar Yadav participated in the training. The training was very participatory with experience sharing by the senior participants. The results were however quite mediocre. The use of English language in training and questions was said to be the major reason for the mediocre performance as most participants found it quite difficult in interpreting the questions. The DTA however assisted in understanding the questions.

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