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.

Tools procurement of the RMGs

District:

RAP 3 DTA had prepared an estimate for the urgent procurement of tools from the RTI SWAP budget of NRs 3 million allocated for routine maintenance of Sankhuwasabha district. The Estimate has already been approved by the DCC and the DTO. Procurement of the tools for the RMG’s has begun in the district with the rates estimated from district rate of Morang district.  The tools are being procured by the DCC and quotation for the purchase is being collected from various suppliers within the district and outside. The procurement process is being assisted by RAP 3 DTA and the OM has conducted a field analysis in the transportation and comparison of rates of different suppliers.  The supply of the tools and equipment is expected to be around NRs 140,000 so direct procurement with atleaset 3 quotation is being adopted. The DCC store and DCC accounts are being assisted by RAP 3 DTA for the purchase.

Field visit and supervision by RAP 3 conterpart from DTO

District:

RAP 3 DTA, the DTO and the then DCC had an agreement on the 23rd of February 2017 to provide counterpart technical teams for the monitoring of the RMGs. This month DTO technicians (Sub engineers and Assistant sub engineers) visited road corridors that RAP 3 is providing technical assistance for the RMG functioning. The team is still scattered with Indra Rai (Asst. Sub engineer) from DCC, Chhabi Rai and Gechap Lama( Asst. Sub Engineer),  Sohan Mahaseth (Sub engineer) from DTO visiting sites in their designated locations. We have put forward a proposal to designate two technicians and this will be decided after the first phase of field verification from the counterpart team. The team visited road corridors Num-Makalu, Chichila –Matsyapokhari, Kitingdada-Bihibare, Mude- Tamafok and Okharbote- Mangalbare. The team has submitted their field visit reports with attached photographs that are below. The team is quite impressed with the performance of the RMGs. In their upcoming visits the team will be narrowed down and hopefully will start with instructing the RMGs. The phase that follows is the preparation of monthly plans and bill preparations.

RAP 3 DTA counterpart from the DTO, Sankhuwasabha

District:

RAP 3 DTA team had a meeting with the LDO, Mr Ram Prasad Acharya, DE, Mr. Ram Sharan Acharya, the accounts officer on the 23rd of February 2017. The meeting was a general introduction of RAP 3 to the new LDO. The DE briefed the LDO about RAP 3 and the areas that RAP 3 is currently working on throughout the country. The meeting’s major agenda was the sustainability of the monitoring and supervision of RMG’s after RAP 3. The DTA team had previously informally discussed the need of a counterpart to look after the RMG’s.

On this day, 23rd February, the LDO and the DTO both agreed that a counterpart is necessary for the RMG’s. So the RAP 3 DTA team (GE and SAME), the LDO, DE and the accounts officer sat in a meeting where the possibility of a counterpart was discussed. The meeting concluded positively as the LDO and the DE both agreed on setting up a counterpart of RAP 3 DTA. The counterpart team currently has all the technicians from the DTO (4 in number) for this month on trial basis. The team will be briefed on the working of RMG with reference to the RMG guideline. The team is relatively large at this point of time. The technicians are divided according to their current sites so that they can perform their regular work and learn about the RMGs without hampering either one. The DE was positive and added that this would be a starting point in the technical handover of the RMGs from RAP3 to the DDC/DTO. The meeting closed after the LDO signed off the minute formally starting the technical handover process. The counterpart team will be going on field visits along with the RAP 3 DTA team and learn the billing, supervising and planning works for the RMGs. The team once free (currently work load in the DDC/DTO is very high) will be briefed on the formats and billing methods of the RMG’s.

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