Use of Camber Boards in Humla

By RAP 3 on April 23, 2018

District:

RAP3 DTA Humla has trialled a new approach for road surfacing using a Camber Board made from locally available wooden planking. The main purpose of the board is to determine the correct camber for RAP3 roads. In the photo the road has no drains so that when it rains the runoff is channelled across to the roads outer edge by the slope of the camber. As per LRN rule the outward slope of the road surface should be 5% across the roadway width of 4.5m. The board is designed in a format of right angle triangle following the Pythagoras rule and a small spirit level is indented on the upper edge of the board. If the Camber board is made properly it can be used in place of a pipe level.

Bikas Ko Bato Humla

By RAP 3 on March 30, 2018

District:

On 16th of March 2018 OM Padam Bahadur Bayak represented RAP3 DTA Humla in a radio debate programme named “Humla ko Bikas ko Lagi Sadak” which was organized by Karnali F.M with support from RAP3 and Antenna Foundation.

The programme was chaired by Mr. Bire Bhandari-Member of Karnali FM management committee. Mr. Netra Prasad Sharma (CDO, Humla), Mr. Padam Bahadur Lama (Chairman, Simikot RM), Mr. Bishnu Lama (Chairman, Namkha RM), Mr. Karna Rawal (Chairman, Kharpunath RM), Mr. Jivan Rawal (Member, DCC) and other relevant participants were present at the programme.  

OM gave an update on the current status of RAP3 roads in the district and answered questions from participants. The participants were very curious and eager to know more about MHLR which will connect Humla to the rest of Nepal. They questioned the reason for RAP3’s extension from 2017 to 2019; asked about the two roads constructed by RAP3 in Humla; why the roads don’t link with any other roads; queried the phase out of the SED programme in Humla; and about extending GSKDR corridor up to Katwal VDC.

TMO Visit to GSKDR, Humla

By RAP 3 on March 20, 2018

District:

RAP3 TMO LRN Construction Specialist, Hom Nath Lamsal and Social Development Specialist, Shankar Pokharel visited Humla for monitoring and supervision of GSKDR from 6th - 7th March 2018. The TMO team accompanied by DTA visited throughout the alignment (0+000 - 12+160), monitored the work progress at critical sections, the quality of works, mobilisation of RBGs/SBGS, safety at site and the use of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE). The team made suggestions regarding the repair of an irrigation cannel at 0+060 as soon as possible. The team also suggested improvements in the keeping of good records of attendance and other financial transactions within the groups. The TMO team had a coordination meeting with the DTA staff and shared the overall findings of the visit.

Importance of PPE

By RAP 3 on February 7, 2018

District:

The Galfagad-Shreenagar-Kalika District Road (GSKDR) in Humla is being constructed by RAP3 in mountainous terrain where the construction risks are greater than usual. All workers have been been instructed that it is compulsory to use the safety measures provided by RAP3 to protect them from different climatic conditions and injury. The general public have also been made aware of the risks to themselves while walking near the construction sites along the road and requested to keep domestic animals away from active construction sites.

MHLR Tree Counting Survey Completed

By RAP 3 on January 10, 2018

District:

The survey of trees that will be affected by the construction of MHLR has been completed by members of the District Forest office. The survey team was led by District Forest Officer (DFO)-Humla, One Ranger (DFO), Two Rangers (hired), One GIS expert (hired), One Forestry expert (hired) and other support staff. As per the survey team the total number of trees counted are 13,541 of different girths. According the District Forest Office (Humla) data entry of the survey will be finished in a week and the report will be ready within two weeks. The final report will be submitted by the District Forest Office (Humla) to the relevant Department. GON rules are that for every tree cut down 25 replacements must be planted. Photos shows trees that have been scraped and marked and trees with their sizes written on the trunks.

Second Engagement Workshop, Humla

By RAP 3 on December 26, 2017

District:

RAP 3 DTA Humla conducted second round engagement workshop on 24th December 2017 at Simikot. The workshop was chaired by DCC chairman Dan Bahadur Rawat in the presence of other distinguished guests. The workshop was attended by Chairpersons, Vice-Chairpersons of rural municipalities, Executive officer, personnel from District Police, Administrative officers and other related people. The main agenda of the workshop was to clarify the district team officials about the support and help that RAP 3 can offer for the development and prosperity of the district. The guests were addressed by RAP 3 Humla team leader Bishnu Prasad Kharel with support from office manager Padam Bahadur Bayak.

Success story

District:

Man Bahadur Mahatara, a wheelbarrow mechanics is working for GSKDR, Humla from the start of the road construction. He performs his duty by travelling Gulfagard and Kalika sites of 11.6 km road. Before working in RAP, it was difficult for him to run his daily life as he did not have any source of income. Now he has become more independent and is able to provide higher education for his son with sufficient bank balance for health care and other activities. He said that “he is very happy to work in RAP3 till the project lasts”.

Wage payment

District:

Fourth year third IPC payment was successfully completed in Humla recently. All the RBG, SBG, Drill and Boulder groups who were involved in road construction from May 2017 received payment. The members of respective groups thanked RAP 3 for creating such a local employment opportunity to construct their own road. This in turn has allowed group members to get involved in saving and credit activities and invest in productive sectors and education of their children.

Health and Safety

District:

On 6th July 2017, RAP3 Humla organised a meeting with the SBGs Group facilitators (Sahajrkartas) of SSDR. SDO had notified some health and safety related issues at the working site and SBGs camp. Mahesh Prasad Bhattarai, SDO instructed Sahajkartas to work with full safety equipment, manage proper drinking water, toilet, health & sanitation in camp and site. DTA needs to analyse the situation before mobilising RBGs/SBGs in cliff area or critical section as landslide and rock fall have been reported and the frequency is expected to increase as monsoon is active in this region.

A significant progress on Darvi Vir

District:

There has been a significant progress on Darvi vir, the most critical and challenging section of SalliSalla - Darma District Road (SDDR), Humla by a drill group lead by drill mechanic Bal Bd Tamang and boulder group. Within more than a month the drill group was able to open the passable track almost 50 percent on the section of 250 m (Chainage 1+400 to 1+650).The drill group also used splitter at that section. As the drill group was mobilized to Darvi Vir, the local people used that route for passing and now the passing through Darvi Vir has been checked to avoid the disturbance and the safety of both drill group members and the local people. Also, the mule track which was just 100-200 m above was checked and provision for passing of people only was made for the safety of groups working on the road at that section.

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