Skilled women workforce in Achham

By RAP 3 on February 9, 2018


‘Laganshil’ group - a Specific Maintenance Group (SMG) working at 69DR018 – consists of 16 members, out of which 12 members (75%) are females. With the experience gained while working in SMG, most of the female members in this group have gained skills in construction of road infrastructure such as gabion and dry stone retaining wall. This group was formed last year in the first year of SMG piloting. ‘Surja Rawol’ (Chairperson of this SMG) says that initially locals were not convinced they could perform work as skilled manpower. She added her group was highly motivated to complete contracted specific maintenance works last year just to prove that women can also become part of a skilled workforce. Ultimately, they have boosted up their confidence as continued their work in SMG this year.

SMGs in Achham

By RAP 3 on January 26, 2018


Specific Maintenance Group (SMG) – piloting in its second year - is being implemented in Achham district in three DRCNs (69DR003, 69DR0011, 69DR018). All together 5 SMGs with 78 members (49% females) are working on these roads. Among these SMGs, Devkanya’B’ is being implemented at 69DR003  ( Kirthikham – Lungra – Chaurpati ) on an 8km road section (6+000 to 14+000). This newly formed group has completed over 20% of the estimated works within 20 days of its mobilisation. Remaining groups have also made similar progress in other roads. The picture shows gabion retaining wall constructed by Devkanya ‘B’ group at chainage 8+050.  DTA has planned to make advance payment (80% of completed works valuation) as per contract provision by the middle of next month. 

Quality control test at SMGs stone quarry site

By RAP 3 on January 11, 2018


DTA Achham conducted quality control lab tests as well as verifying the stone quarry site for each of the five SMGs group on DRCN003, DRCN011 and DRCN018. A total of nine stone quarry sites were verified. DTA district lab conducted Specific Gravity and Water Absorption Tests at the each quarry and stone samples were taken to verify that these meet the specifications required. We are pleased to report that all nine quarries were found to meet the required specifications.

SMG orientation and refresher training

By RAP 3 on December 29, 2017


DTA Achham conducted Orientation and refresher training to three Specific Maintenance Groups (SMGs). Orientation training for newly formed Devkanya(B) SMG was organised on 25th December 2017 and training to existing Kalika Devi and Devkanya SMGs was organised on 26th December 2017.  DTA team described on scope and procedures of SMG works focusing on workers and work site and how possible accidents can be reduced with the use of safety gears provided to them.  Procedures of construction of gabion wall, dry wall and stone soling was explained with the help of work method statement. Additionally, SMG groups were also informed about the payment procedure, Health and Insurance provision of RAP 3 provided to them.

Completion of second phase workshop

By RAP 3 on December 23, 2017


DTA Achham along with program facilitators RTL Krishna Sharan Dhungana and DC Mahendra Shrestha have successfully completed the Second Phase Workshop on December 21, 2017 at DCC hall Mangalsen. 37 participants from Municipalities, Rural Municipalities, DCC/DTO representatives and District Engineers were present at the workshop. DCC chief Narbahadur Kunwar was the chairperson of the program. Krishna Sharan Dhungana discussed about the objectives of the second phase workshop along with recap of the first phase workshop and Mahendra Shrestha presented on Support Strategy for Federalization. The program ended with the vote of thanks from DCC chief and feedback from the Chairperson of the Sanfe Municipality and Vice Chairperson of the Vinayek Municipality.

SMG formation in Achham

By RAP 3 on December 14, 2017


Chourpari Rural Municipality formed a new Specific Maintenance Group (SMG) for 69DR003 on 17th November 2017. Out of five SMGs projects this year, two of them still need to be formed. The meeting led by Chairperson of Chourpari Rural Municipality Mr. Harka Bahadur Saud successfully formed a new SMG at Lungra (ch 6+000 to 14+000) in-line with SMG guideline. RAP 3 DTAs (Jr. IoW and SLT) explained the guideline including the type of work to be done. Another group will be formed on 69DR018 shortly by Mangalsen Municipality to allow SMG works to be started from December.


CONNECT and SKKGS co-invest in short term storage

By RAP 3 on December 8, 2017


CONNECT and SKKGS are co-investing in storage; SKKGS has purchased [xxx insert size of land e.g. ha] of land and CONNECT is providing the prefab storage unit.  Establishing access to storage will enable SKKGS to hold produce and sell in larger quantities thus improving their bargaining power, putting them well on their way to enduring sustainability.

Rapid Condition Survey orientation


Prior to RCS survey on all DRCN road corridors, DTA Achham conducted brief orientation training to survey teams including sub-engineers and assistant sub-engineers from DCC/DTO and RAP3 on 15th November 2017. Presentation on module 1D related to RCS survey was delivered by GE Chetan Neupane. He also explained the types and criteria of maintenance measures to be recorded and explained about survey formats used for RCS survey in detail. Following the orientation, the team moved to RCS survey of 9 DRCN roads which is expected to be completed in three days

Rapid Condition Survey


RAP 3 DTA Achham completed RCS survey on three DRCN road corridors (69DR003, 69DR011, 69DR018 from 30th October to 2nd Novemebr 2017. The team was led by Graduate Engineer. RCS of 69DR018 was also observed by RTL where he provided valuable suggestions while selecting maintenance measures identifying the cause of defects at road sections. Major maintenance measures identified under specific maintenance were dry stone pitching, gabion retaining, toe and breast wall and dry stone wall. The surveyed road is expected to have Specific Maintenance Groups (SMGs) mobilise under RAP 3 direct funding later this year.

New Graduate Engineer


Graduate Engineer Chetan Neupane has joined RAP 3 DTA Achham on 27th October 2017. In line with annual graduate’s rotation, Neupane has been transferred to Achham from Jhapa. Achham team welcomed and wished him for his successful tenure at Achham. DTA staff meeting regarding district status was also conducted following the welcome programme. Achham district is led by Graduate Engineer with support from Regional Team Leader.