RMGs orientation & agreement of Achham

By RAP 3 on January 2, 2019


Infrastructure Development Office (IDO), Achham signed contract agreements with all 50 RMGs of Achham including 5 newly formed groups on 29th December 2018. The agreements for the FY 075-76 cover the period from 1st December 2018 to 16th July 2019. During the event, a brief orientation to RMG chairmen/treasurers/secretaries was conducted by IDO, Achham. The RAP3 DTA team facilitated the event where Chief Officer of IDO, Mr. Janga Bahadur Thapa also explained payment procedures from province offices, detailed work criteria for maintenance, site supervision and  monitoring procedures. The newly formed groups were requested to commence work on 2nd January 2019. Jr. IoW Mr. Dhark Budha from RAP3 informed all RMGs that their work will be implemented through the IDO and all work supervision and payments will be done through the IDO office. 

External audit completed in Achham

By RAP 3 on December 19, 2018


The external audit team from TR Upadhaya and Co., Sagar Bdr. Acharya and Sushil Parajuli arrived in Achham along with Purushotam Sharma, Senior Accounts Manager from RAP3 TMO on 15th December 2018 to carry out an audit on RAP3’s financial and administrative activities for the period of July 2017 to November 2018. The audit was carried out over 2 days from 16th to 17th December 2018 to review the financial activities including payment of RMGs and SMGs. The team also reviewed the expenditure of RAP3’s attendance register of staff, vehicle logbooks, ASP, TA, and public audit reports. The audit team also verified the store inventory including lab equipment of the DTA. After completion of the audit all financial vouchers and related documents up to November 2018 were sent to Nepalgunj Regional Office.

Design and Estimate of NCCSP in Achham

By RAP 3 on December 11, 2018


Nepal Climate Change Support Programme (NCCSP) is being implemented in Kamalbazar municipality of Achham. In collaboration with NCCSP, RAP3 is currently providing support in design, estimation and contract documentation to NCCSP. As the estimation prepared by the municipality was not detailed enough to provide guidance on design, RAP3 DTA including RTL and AE surveyed four NCCSP’s sites (excluding water supply sites) and prepared detail design and cost estimates. The estimates were finalised after review by TMO and submitted to NCCSP on 7th December 2018. The estimates were prepared in line with NCCSP’s budget of NRs. 10 million with NRs. 1 million additional budget provided by the municipality and 15% being the User Committee’s contribution.

Infrastructure Development Office established in Achham

By RAP 3 on December 10, 2018


After decommissioning of the District Technical Office (DTO) in Accham, a new office called the Infrastructure Development Office has been established under the Sudurpashim Province Government, Ministry of Physical Infrastructure Development, Transport Infrastructure Directorate in Achham, which will look after Achham and Bajura. The office is located at Sanfebagar and will help manage provincial road and bridge projects. Mr. Junga Bahadur Thapa has been appointed as the Chief Officer who was previously a DTO officer of Bajura. Since RMG budget for FY 075-76 has been allocated to the office, the office has decided to continue RMG works (which was stopped since Kartik 2075 due to uncertainty of GoN fund allocation) from the month of Mangsir 075. The office has also informed all local levels and RAP3 about the continuation of RMG works.

Farewell to SLT and Jr. TS

By RAP 3 on November 26, 2018


DTA Achham organized farewell programme for Senior Lab Technician Mr. Bal Bahadur Thapa and Junior Technical Supervisor Mr. Laxman Prasad Upadhaya. In line with the RAP3 exit strategy, the contracts of both of them will end on 30th Nov 2018. Mr. Bal Bahadur has contributed to RAP3 district team for the last 2 years. Similarly, Mr. Laxman joined RAP3 as CTEVT intern and was promoted to Jr. TS with a total working period of two and half years. We would like to thank them and all those leaving RAP at the end of November for their efforts in making RAP3 a success and we wish them all the best for their future endeavors.

RMG payment by Mangalsen municipality

By RAP 3 on November 16, 2018


Mangalsen Municipality, Achham has made payments to Road Maintenance Groups (RMGs) for the month of Shrawan and Bhadra 2075 ahead of Dashain and Tihar festivals. Out of three months’ work period in the FY 075/76, two months of payments were made by the municipality. Payment for the month of Aswin 2075, however, was made by RAP3 for all RMGs including that of the Mangalsen municipality. Due to delay in allocation of GoN fund through province, payment was made by the municipality using their internal funds. Six RMGs consisting of 52 members are working on 63 km roads within this municipality.

KUSOM students arrive in Dailekh and Achham to complete rural enterprise service

By RAP 3 on September 25, 2018


Eight MBA students from Kathmandu University School of Management (KUSOM) have travelled to the Mid and Far West of Nepal to complete their three week Rural Enterprise Service (RES) placecments, facilitated by RAP3 CONNECT. The students will work with eight businesses in two districts, Dailekh and Achham, providing business consultancy services tailored to each business' needs.  

KUSOM MBA students are required to complete a three week RES placement as part of their MBA course.  This is the third batch of students to complete their RES placements with CONNECT.  To date, 25 businesses have received support from 22 students.  CONNECT identifies businesses and, in collaboration with KUSOM, matches the students to each business based on needs and students' areas of specialism or interest.

RMG supervision by Mangalsen municipality

By RAP 3 on September 19, 2018


In line with the gradual handover of Road Maintenance Groups (RMGs) to local levels, Mangalsen municipality at Achham is being fully involved in the supervision of RMGs. 6 RMGs consisting of 52 members are working on 63 km roads within this municipality. RAP3 provided RMG management and handover training to Technical focal persons (TFPs) of local levels of Achham in May 2018. After receiving the training, TFP of Mangalsen municipality are regularly monitoring RMG’s works and providing monthly work plans and coordinating with RMGs. Mangalsen municipality has also decided to make RMG payments of 2 months prior to the festival using the internal funds of the municipality. Further, DTA is providing guidance on bill preparation and other contract management procedures. The picture shows TFP of Mangalsen municipality verifying attendance and other documents with the chairperson of Mangalakali RMG prior to preparation of RMG bills. This RMG works at 12.34 km road section of 69DR0017.

GPS handed over to local levels of Achham

By RAP 3 on September 5, 2018


To enhance the capacity of local levels, RAP3 organized 6 days GIS/GPS training to technical persons of local levels from Achham, Bajura and Doti at Punna, Doti in June 2018. Engineers and technicians from 9 R/Municipalities from Achham participated in the training. Now, to further enhance their capacity, DTA Achham has handed over one brand new Garmin Oregon 750 GPS to all R/Municipalities. This GPS device has in-built camera with touch screen facility. This device is expected to help planners and engineers of local levels not only in the field of the road sector but also in other sectors such as water supply and irrigation. Mayor/Chairperson of local levels thanked RAP3 very much for providing such an essential tool. The given picture shows a snapshot of handover of GPS by RAP3 AE to vice chairperson of Chaurpati RM (on far right) with RM’s Engineer (on far left) and Chief Administrative Officer (second from the left) .  

RCS/ARAMP training to local levels

By RAP 3 on August 29, 2018


DTA Achham conducted Rapid Condition Survey/Annual Road Asset Management Plan training on 24th August 2018. Engineers and technical focal person from each R/Municipalities including representatives from DCC/DTO were invited to the training. A total of 29 participants, including 18 from M/RMs, were present at the training. DC, RTL and AE delivered six different modules related to RCS/ARAMP preparation and its importance. After receiving the training, engineers and technicians from M/RMs are expected to know how to conduct road condition surveys following the monsoon and how to prepare of ARAMP of respective M/RMs. DCC vice chairperson Mr. Top Bahadur Rawal thanked RAP 3 for providing such beneficial training which will certainly help in planning annual asset of each M/RMs in their road sector.