CPD Training in Bajura

District:

On 12th August 2016,  RAP3, DTA Bajura conducted LRN refresher training to RAP3 DTA staff in line with RAP3 CPD activities on supervision, quality control, measurement and valuation. The main aim of training was to strengthen the knowledge and skills of DTA staffs  The training focussed on lesson learn, observation and finding during RAP TMO and DTA field visit of both roads of Bajura district regarding the quality of works, works supervision, measurement of completed works, record keeping of field data and its presentation as well as how to improve the lapses and gaps.

Annual Review and CIM Workshop

District:

With the assistance of RAP3, DDC Bajura organized Annual Progress Review Workshop for FY 2072/073 on 24th July 2016. The programme was chaired by Local Development Officer Arjun Prasad Subedi. 48 participants from DDC/DTO, DADO, DLSO, political parties, LRUCs, LRCCs, journalist, NGO Federation, partner LNGO and RAP3 DTA were participated in the programme. RAP3 TMO LRN Construction Specialist/DC Hom Nath Lamsal gave the short speech on objective of workshop. DTL Ramesh Neupane presented overall progress of RAP3, EO Kamal Bhandari on LRN and LNGO Programme Cordinator Juddha Rawal on SED.

Continual Improvement Matrix (CIM) was organized on 25th July 2016.  The main objective of the programme was to assess DDC capacity and performance on LRN with five thematic areas (Planning, Technical, Financial, Institutional, MCPM and Social & Political). LDO, DTO, Planning Officer, Account Officer and DoLIDAR Engineer recorded score in each thematic area.

District Transport Infrastructure Coordination Committee (DTICC) Meeting

District:

DDC Bajura, in assistance with RAP3 DTA organized DTICC Meeting for ARAMP approval of FY 072/73 on 14 January 2016. The meeting was attended by Members of Parliament, ex. minister for industry Karna Bahadur Thapa, representatives from political parties, Chief District Officer and other DTICC members including GoN line agencies. The program was chaired by  LDO,  Arjun Prasad Subedi. RAP3 DTL, Ramesh Neupane briefly talked about different kinds of interventions and how they are prioritized & implemented while allocating budgets in the ARAMP.The meeting was participated by 60 participants.

ARAMP Training

District:

In line with RAP3 Continuing Professional Development annual timetable, RAP3 DTA team Bajura conducted 2 days Annual Road Asset Management Plan (ARAMP) (LRN Engineering Course Module 1A, 1B,1C,1E & 1F) & Detailed Design (Module 2A,2B,2c,2D,2E,(repeat 2E) on 20 & 21  December 2015. 10 technicians from DDC/DTO/RAP DTA participated in training. The main objective of this training was to provide the key aspects of ARAMP & Detailed Design  preparation to DTO/DDC/RAP3 staffs for strengthening their skills and knowledge and also to make familiar with ARAMP Excel Template.

Himalayan Times reports from Bajura

District:

Khadak Sunar of Toli in Bajura district spent more than 14 years in neighbouring country India to earn money due to lack of opportunities in his place. But for two years, he has been staying in his village, working in local development projects. Of late, with the rise of development works in the village, employment opportunities have also increased in the district.“I did not earn well in India,” the Dalit man said, “But, here I am able to earn Rs 700 per day. Now I am living with his family while the village is also developing,” informed Khadak. Similarly, Jamuna Sunar of the same village said that the frequent visits of her husband to India for jobs had also stopped as both of them got the job in their own village.

Currently, the District Development Committee (DDC) is running a project in the village under the Rural Access Programme (RAP). According to Subas Bikram Thapa, Office Manager of  RAP, more than 900 people have got job opportunities in their own village for the RAP. Thapa further said the opportunities have increased due to the use of human labour instead of dozers in road projects. Different development works in the district have lowered the number of people approaching to India for employment. Mostly people from Dalit community used to visit the bordering county to earn money. However, with the increase of opportunities, the number has decreased informed, Kasi BK, a Dalit leader.

LRN Review in Bajura

District:

RAP is currently undergoing an LRN Review by DFID. The review is being conducted by British Consultants ITAD, who are responsible for the Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning (MEL) component. The Terms of Reference are to analyse the current RAP3 LRN approach to deliver results and value for money; in terms of strategy, processes, technical design and implementation. The review is also tasked with providing advice on future approaches for implementing the RAP3 LRN component. Photo shows LRN Review meeting with local community members in Bajura

 The objectives of the LRN review are:

 Review Scope:

The review will cover RAP3 LRN component, and also connected aspects of RAP3 capacity building component. The review will seek answers to the specific questions in the table below:

 

 

 

 

Review objective

Review Scope

Review questions

Analyse the current RAP3 LRN approaches

Strategic coherence

How important are RAP3 LRN interventions in districts? Do RAP3’s interventions in constructing and maintaining rural roads form a coherent package?  Is RMG approach delivering quality and sustainable road maintenance?

Process

How effective DTMP and ARAMP processes have been in last two years, in particular for a well prioritized network/participatory approach of road asset management?

Technical design

Are LRN activities adequately evidenced (surveyed)? Are the designs for LRN maintenance and new construction adequate in terms of local standards/ conditions? Are the LRN- activities adequately costed, do unit rates represent good value for money?

Implementation

Are the technology choice/ implementation modalities optimal and pragmatic in terms of longer term management of the LRN networks? Are the specific maintenance works adequately packaged and scheduled for implementation? What are the quantitative impacts (in time/ cost for delivery etc.) of procurement and other risks and district capacities in delivering RAP3 LRN results?

Future approaches for implementing RAP3 LRN component

 

What are other additionalities that would bring improved performance of LRN activities, i.e. covering the opportunities of -

·         Complementary activities to LRN maintenance

·         Intra-district or regional approach

·         Changes in GoN policies and financing for LRN maintenance and construction

·         Innovations in measuring improvements in LRN network quality due to RAP3

New District Team Leader

District:

As per the rotation of RAP3 staff in core districts new District team leader Er. Ramesh Neupane   arrived in Bajura and organised a meeting with staff. After the successful completion of two  years tenure  in Daduldhura he arrived to Bajura. Similarly  the district  Engineer Officer,   Er. Mohan  Ruwali  also arrived  to  Bajura  after  completion of  his 2 years  term  in  Kalikot.

Public Audit organised at LRUC level Toli Chhatara road

District:

In order to maintain the transparency in the programme the public audits are organised by Dhawalpuri Local road user comitte.  All the Incomes and expenditure made by LRUC, all other activities carried out by the RBG and progress and issues of the programme are shared  in the meeting. In addition of these all other activities carried out  by the SED programme  and their impact as well as  shortcoming  are  also shared by the implementer and beneficiary   and find out further  way  out for the betterment in future.  All the relevant issue raised and feed backs received are recorded and reported   that to incorporated in future plan. Participants of the events are local stakeholders, RBG members, social dignitaries, political parties, VDC officials, DDC representatives.

Bio-engineering Works in Roadside in Completed Section

District:

During the monsoon the Bio –engineering works takes place in the side of completed section of road in new road construction district.  In Bajura after the second years works in phase wise construction approach, some of RBG were engaged in the bio-engineering works. The CTEVT intern who has gained theoretical knowledge   in the LRN training organised by RAP and gained hands on experience at field works now confidently giving instruction to RBG members for the bio- works. This technology   became   a new know how to the Road building groups to  protect  the environment while  constructing the  roads   in  hills. Local  people  have appreciated  the  phaseiwse approach as well as  the protecting the environment.

Annual Progress Review

District:

With the assistance of RAP3 DTA, DDC Bajura organized Annual Progress Review and Social Audit of the RAP3 Bajura on 22 July 2015 in DDC hall. The meeting was participated by 86 persons from different key stakeholders  including representatives of political parties, journalists, LDO, DTO, CDO, FNCCI, CAN, NGO Federation District Chapters, members form Local Road User Committee, members of Local Road Coordination Committees, VDC secretaries,  secretaries of producers networks at road corridors, local business service providers(BSPs), RAP3’s INGO partners, RAP3 TMO and district team. LDO Yub Raj Poudel chaired the meeting and welcome speech was given by DTO engineer Devi Prasad Pandey. DTL and other team members made presentations. Queries were clarified by of RAP district team and Shankar Pokharel from TMO. The programme was wrapped up with the closing remark by LDO Yub Raj Poudel.

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