MEL team visit in Sindhupalchowk district

District:

On 31st July 2017, MEL team comprising of Navin Subedi, Vishal Gadhavi, and Hare Ram Shrestha visited DTO Sindhupalchowk. The schedule of visit was to learn the practice of preparation of ARAMP, the obstacles, challenges and future plan regarding ARAMP preparation. They had discussion meeting with RAP3 team, DTO engineers and SNRTP engineers. Madhav Jung karki, CDE Sindhupalchowk, highlighted the obstacles we are facing at a moment due to re-structuring of government, he emphasized the non-clarity of government proceedings.

Tools and safety gears distribution for RMG works

District:

DCC Sindhupalchowk had recently procured tools and safety gears for RMG works in the district. RAP3 DTA team in Sindhupalchowk has already distributed tools and safety gears in Melamchi and Barabise Cluster. After earthquake majority of RMG workers had lost their tools, equipment and safety gears. RMGs unwillingness to putting on safety gears in work site has become one of the main challenge for DTA team. DTA team is creating awareness among RMGs on importance of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) .

TMO Visit to Sindhupalchowk

District:

On 26th June James Walton, Team Leader, Management Systems, Shristy Maharjan, Graduate Engineer and Rakesh Khadka, Contract and Finance Officer visited DTA Sindhupalchowk. GE Animesh Paudel briefed about the status of ongoing activities in the district. JW, SM and RK visited 23DR011 (Chautara - Syaule) road and met one of the RMG groups. The team highlighted the importance of PPE in work site and instructed DTA team to make PPE mandatory in work place. DTA Sindhupalchowk is in process of distributing safety gears, tools and equipment. GE Animesh Paudel and Shristy Maharjan had meeting with DCC and DTO. They discussed about re-structuring of government system and ongoing works and payment made to RMGs. They were very optimistic about RAP3s’ work and co-ordination with DCC. On 29th June 2017, they bid farewell to Graduate Engineer Animesh Paudel too.

RMG works resumed

District:

Routine Maintenance works through RMGs have been restarted after a long stand down from 17th of April, 2017. The works had been stood down in all roads except Chautara-Siphaghat since January. Currently, RMGs are working in 273 Km of 27 District roads. There are 43 groups working for the routine maintenance activities, currently comprised of 153 members. The members include 47% females. The road users have expressed appreciation towards the improved road condition following the commencement of routine and recurrent maintenance activities in different roads where they were questioned.

Feedback on new wage system from RMGs

District:

The road maintenance groups have so far given a positive feedback about the new wage system in Sindhupalchowk that allows wages to be deposited directly to their individual accounts. The feedback was collected during site visits of SAMEs and GE in April and May. This method has been employed for wage distribution in the past four months. The members have particularly appreciated the flexibility and simplicity with which they can withdraw their wages and the reduced travel time.

While this has indeed added some administrative burden for banks and DCC account sections, DTA Sindhupalchowk is currently working to simplify the process further by developing payslips and bulk entry system for easy entry and tracking. The new system was put in place in January, 2017 and has been continued since.

Field verification conducted

District:

The field verification for the month of March was conducted by GE, Animesh Paudel accompanied by SAME Ram Singh Bohara of DTA Sindhupalchowk. The visit was conducted on 14th of March, 2017 on Chautara-Siphaghat road (23DR043). The road is 26.54 Km long and is currently the only road in Sindhupalchowk where RMGs are being mobilized. Currently 2 RMGs with 12 members (6 Male and 6 Female) are mobilized on the road and a new group of RMG with additional 6 members are being deployed. During the site visits, the RMGs were found to be working on clearing debris from shoulders and using it to fill ruts. The team met with a few bus drivers and Bridge construction workers along the road. They were thankful towards the RMGs for resuming the work as the RMGs had helped to clear up a few dangerous sections. Further, it was observed that the condition of road has significantly improved after RMG works were resumed from February.

Quality control and RMG refresher (CPD) training

District:

DTA Sindhupalchowk conducted the second part of Implementation training on 27th February 2017. The training contents included Quality Control and RMG refresher of LRN training. 16 participants, who were all DTO and RAP3 technicians, appeared in the training. The training was delivered by Animesh Paudel, GE, RAP3 and Sujan Bhandari, Engineer of DTO. The training is expected to be fruitful to the participants for understanding how to maintain and control the quality during project implementation in DTO. Further, it is expected to support the RMG implementation through DTO counterpart in coming days.  Chief District Engineer, Madhav Jung Karki finally closed the training session after which an exam was conducted where the participants secured an average 52% marks.

Training for DTO and DDC Sindhupalchowk on Microsoft Excel and CAD drafting

District:

DTA Sindhupalchowk conducted a three-day training for DTO technicians and DDC staff on Microsoft Excel and CAD drafting from 7th to 9th March 2017 as a part of ASP. The training intended to refresh the participants’ knowledge on basic CAD, Excel and provide skills on working with standard templates of GoN. The main goal of the training was to bring uniformity in the formats and documentation of DTO technicians. There were 20, 21 and 22 participants on the first, second and third day of the training respectively which ran each day from 7:30 AM to 5:00 PM. The first day of the training covered basics of CAD. Second day was a workshop on developing rigid templates for billing, estimating and certifications of works to be used by DTO. On the third day, topics on template development in AutoCAD was worked out. The training was delivered by GE, Animesh Paudel of RAP3 and Engineer of DTO Sujan Bhandari as per the directions by Chief District Engineer  Madhav Jung Karki.

The participants found the training to be quite useful and assured to bring uniformity in all the documents prepared by DTO and DDC.

Health & Safety review meeting

District:

Meeting on Health and Safety (H&S) with RMGs of Chautara Siphaghat Road was conducted in Siphaghat on 22rd February 2017. Chautara Siphaghat road is 26.54 Km in length in which three RMGs have been mobilized covering entire road length. Sub-Asset Management Engineer Ram Singh Bohara of DTA, Sindhupalchowk briefed the RMGs about the site safety inspection booklet that had been distributed to each group and explained the use of First Aid kit items. They were also explained about the importance of safety measures at work and safety equipment provided. The RMGs clarified that since they had been carefully following safety precautions, all accidents had been averted so far but working in monsoon could be risky as some sections were prone to landslides. It was added that working in such dangerous sections should be restrained from.

Change to RMG wage distribution system

District:

DTA Sindhupalchowk has successfully set up a new wage distribution system for all RMGs as of February 2017. Previously the wage was collected on group account of each Maintenance group which required them to travel to District headquarter to collect their wages. This also incurred cost of allowances and travel expenses for RMG treasurer and secretary and made the wage distribution tedious. Currently, the system of transferring wages to accounts owned by each RMG member in their most convenient outlet is set up and running. A positive feedback has been received for this system so far and further simplification of the process is being worked out by discussing with RMGs.

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