DC visits Kalikot

By RAP 3 on April 11, 2018


District Coordinator, Hom Nath Lamsal visited Kalikot from 7th to 10th April 2018 for monitoring and supervision works. He visited Jarkot Ramnakot District Road on 8th April accompanied by the DTA team to monitor progress at critical sections, quality of works, mobilisation of RBGs/SBGs and work site safety. On 9th April, he visited Sannighat Syuna Sipkhana District Road and inspected the outstanding works under construction. A short courtesy meeting with Mayor of Raskot municipality was held to discuss the handover and continuity of RMGs. During the visit, the team committed to provide technical assistance to the Municipality if required. Similarly, a meeting was held with head of DCC and DTO chief regarding the work progress of RMGs/RBGs in the district. A closing meeting was held at Manma with DTA staff in which the DC provided feedback for further improvements.

Village roads expand in Kalikot

By RAP 3 on March 20, 2018


Since the completion of Santighat-Syuna-Sipkhana district road (SSDR), the road has become a very significant route in Kalikot. It has helped encourage the expansion of branch roads within Raskot Municipality and its neighbours. The trend of building connecting Village Roads has increased rapidly due to completion of SSDR and public vehicles are continuously running on the road. The roads are being constructed by KEPTA, Raskot Municipality and Fund of Parliament Member, all branching from the SSDR. Roads under construction include: Rote-Padmara road, Puchhregaun-Palatibada road, RCP bazar to Nanikot road, Badimalika shool-Deuramalika road and Serachaur – Tusarekhola road. 

Completion of Registration and Training to Producer Group at SSDR

By RAP 3 on March 14, 2018


The road building groups that built the recently completed Santighat-Syuna-Sipkhana road in Raskot Municipality, Kalikot have now been demobilised. The savings and credit schemes they had been running means that members are able to borrow funds for income generation activities, home expenses, medical treatment and education. RAP3’s exit plan includes support to form 12 different producer groups linked to respective GoN line agencies.  The producer groups have now received 2 days savings and credit training conducted by Sunil Babu Shrestha, SDO, RAP3 and Rajendra Shahi, resource person of Kalikot DCC with the support of social mobilizers.   

Transportation costs in Kalikot

By RAP 3 on February 19, 2018


To get construction tools and materials to our sites in Kalikot in 2014 we had to pay RBGs and SBGs to move supplies by hand. Three years ago the Nepali army started the construction of the Karnali Corridor Road which has now reached Sanighat and the origin point of our first road. With this new connection RAP has been able to transport tools and materials by truck, using a contract with a local transporter. Transportation costs have now fallen from the manual rate of NRS 51 per kilogram to just NRs 18 per kilogram, cutting transportation costs to local residents by nearly two thirds.

Completion of first new road under RAP3

By RAP 3 on February 5, 2018


We are proud to announce the completion of the first new RAP3 road, the 18km Sannnigaht-Syuna-Shipkhana district road (SSDR). The road is 18 km long and serves the population of 22,824 comprising Phukot, Syuna, Shipkhana, and Mumra villages and 7 schools. The SSDR is now connected to Khulalui-Hilsa (Karnali corridor) which is an important and strategic road of Nepal government and provides economic opportunities for the people of this area. It obviously increases access to regional and national markets, health and education sector. The photo shows the Member of provincial assembly, Joint secretary of MoFALD, Head of DFIDN and Head of DCC jointly opening the programme.

The SSDR road corridor covers the area of Raskot municipality only. However, this road also serves the nearest municipal Sanni-Tribeni rural municipality. Construction started in October 2013 and was substantially completed by December 2017, to DoLIDAR road standards and based on the priorities of Kalikot’s 5-Year District Transport Master Plan. It involved 54 Road Building Groups (RBGs), 18 Special Building Groups (SPGs), 4 Boulder Breaking Groups and 2 drill groups drawn from 1486 households employed daily during road construction.

After the successful completion of construction works, the road was formally handed over to Raskot Municipality at a ceremony on 31st January 2018 in presence of members of provincial assembly, Joint Secretary and other high officials from MoFALD and DoLIDAR, Head of DCC, Head of DFIDN and other officials, district officials, RAP3 Deputy Programme Manager, local people and journalists. RAP3 is constructing seven roads in four new construction districts and this is the first road of RAP3 that has been completed and handed over to the concerned municipal. This great achievement has been possible today due to continuous efforts and hard work of Road Building Groups, Special Building Groups, staff of RAP3 DTA/TMO, local stakeholders and continuous and encouraging support of Raskot Municipality, Nepal government and DFID.            

Amazing skills of Boulder Breaking

By RAP 3 on January 7, 2018


Hasta Bam, age 29, a permanent resident of Baskot - 5, Pachaljharana Rural Municipality is working in RAP 3 road since September 2017 at JRDR as a member of Jarkot Boulder Breaking Group (BBG) under Palata LRUC. His confidence and amazing skill of stone breaking makes us to write about him.  He breaks and splits the rock cliffs and big boulders incredibly by using simple handmade tools like plugs and wedge.  He had learnt these techniques from India when he used to go for work in hill area.  He is very dedicated in assigned works and has broken more than 250 m3 of stone at ch 2+350, 2+360, 3+630 & 3+660. He is working at 3+675 to 3+690 to break 137.13 m3 of boulders to complete in 30 days.

LRUC level Public Audit in Kalikot

By RAP 3 on December 30, 2017


On 26th December 2017, joint LRUC level public audit of SSDR was organized at the premise of Raskot Municipality in the presence of Raskot Municipality’s  Mayor, Deputy Mayor, ward Chairpersons, representatives of LRCC, LRUC, journalist from local radio and more than 400 RBGs/SBGs. The audit program was chaired by Charcha Bd Shahi. The 3rd and 4th running bills of June to September 2017 including bioengineering and EMP works were audited. Similarly on 27th December 2017, the 3rd running bills of June to September 2017 and bioengineering works were audited at Jarkot by Palata LRUC- JRDR working in the presence of ward chairpersons, LRCC/LRUC representatives, and journalist from local radio. The audit program was chaired by Deepraj Bam. More than 500 RBGs/SBGs actively participated in the event. Local Deuda Nach, dance and performance from local and national singers made the event more interesting.

Second engagement workshop, Kalikot

By RAP 3 on December 25, 2017


RAP 3 DTA Kalikot organized second Municipality and Rural Municipality engagement workshop on 24December 2017 at Manma, Kalikot. DCC Chief Anipal Shahi chaired the programme and the participants were from DCC, Municipalities and Rural Municipalities. The programme was anchored by DCC program officer, Prabal Jung Shahi and welcome speech and objective was delivered by SDO, Sunil Babu Shrestha. MHLR Acting Deputy Team Leader, Bishnu Ram Bista gave the presentation in detail. The main objective of workshop was to deliver RAP 3 support to Municipality/Rural Municipality on the different thematic areas summarized from first engagement workshop and scoping of RAP 4.

TMO visit to Kalikot

By RAP 3 on December 21, 2017


RAP 3 TMO Engineering Team Leader - Bill Seal, District Coordinator/LRN Specialist - Hom Nath Lamsal and Internal Auditor - Dasarath Moktan visited Kalikot for monitoring and supervision of  SSDR and JRDR corridors from 14th to 17th December 2017. The team visited throughout the alignment of JRDR and monitored the existing work progress at critical sections, quality of works, RBGs/SBGs mobilization, workers’ PPEs and site safety. The team suggested to add more groups at JRDR critical section, mitigate the extent of damage made to the cultivable land by falling of debris and install more warning signs at construction sites. The team also met with Khadga Raj Sejuwal, chairperson of Pachaljharna Rural Municipality and ward chairperson at Rural Municipality Office, Jarkot. On 16th December, the team visited SSDR with the objectives to monitor the work progress, road condition and RMG mobilization. The team drove throughout the alignment and suggested to complete all on-going works prior to inauguration. The team conducted a brief meeting with Head of DCC, Anipal Shahi at Manma. Internal Auditor performed the audit work on method of employment day’s calculation, its generation, record keeping by SMs and DTA.