RMG refresher training

District:

The training was organized in each of the road corridors. The training was conducted for one day despite the guidelines recommending it for 2 days. The difficulty of movement during the monsoon and the poor condition of the roads made it difficult for RMG movement. The training however covered all the components in the RMG guideline. Both theory and practical classes were conducted. The training was conducted for two days with the first day in theory and the second day for the practicals.

 

Venue                   : Chainpur, Chichila, Wana and Mulkharka

Workshop Date    : 1st – 8th August 2017

 The training was conducted by the GE and the SAME of Sankhuwasabha DTA. The RMG members were given a brief introduction on the program and the program schedule was explained to them. After the brief introduction of the program to be conducted there was a introduction session where all those present in the training introduced themselves. The formal training sessions began after the introduction program. The training had the same sequence of sessions in all the road corridors. The theoretical section of the training was carried out by the GE, Aadit Pathak followed by the practical sessions being carried out by SAME, Sanjeev Kumar Yadav.

RAP 3 DTA-R/Municipality coordination meeting

District:

Coordination meeting with the respective R/Municipality and DTA was held from the 16th to 23rd August 2017. The meeting was aided by DCC as the LDO issued a letter to all the R/Municipalities to aid the monitoring of RMG. The main agenda of the meeting was the same in all the R/Municipality. The meeting was organised at the following venues.

  1. Chainpur Municipality-Chainpur
  2. Chichila Rural Municipality- Chichila
  3. Num Rural Municipality- Num
  4. Pachkhapan Municipality- Wana
  5. Dharmadevi Municipality- Mude

Out of the 10 R/Municipalities in the district the 9 road corridors fall in the above 5 R/Municipalities. The meeting was conducted in the presence of the RMG chairperson, Municipal Head, technician, Chairperson of the R/Municipality , GE, OM, SAME from RAP 3 DTA and other staff members present at the Municipal office. The agendas of the meeting were as follows in all the R/Municipalities.

  1. Monitoring of the RMG works by R/Municipalities
  2. Preparation of workplan of the RMG along with DTA
  3. Address problems faced by the RMG
  4. Communicate between the locals and RMG for effective results
  5. Proceed towards technical handover in the coming months.

The participants in the meeting in all the R/Municipalities were very positive on the work being carried out by the RMGs and have committed to monitoring their works and slowly proceeding towards a technical handover of the RMG in the long run.

Landslide at Kitingdada-Bihibare road

District:

The DTA team carried out field visit to Kitingdada-Bihibare road corridor on the 31st July 2017. The road has been affected by landslide in multiple places. Some of the highlights of the road status can be summarised by the points below.

  • The road is 10 km long and connects Bihibare market to the SRN at Kitingdada.
  • The soil is a mixture of red clayey soil and boulder mixed soil with hard soil and hard rock at some places( CH 6+000+)
  • There are areas that are highly affected (CH 2+500, CH 3+500, CH 6+500) by landslides. There is active mass movement in those areas and in CH 6+500 the road section is narrow (3m ).
  • Slide at 3+500 is huge (exceeding 100m3 ) and the RMG have been instructed to clear the slide after the rain stops. The members have cleared a 2m wide section so that vehicle movement is unhindered
  • The slide at 2+500 has stopped moving and is currently stable.

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.

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