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By RAP 3 on February 8, 2019

District:

Mr. Dhana Bahadur Tamang has commented on RAP3 facebook regarding JRDR handover.

Dhana Bahadur Tamang " Good to hear this news of RAP 3, however I am concerned about government's recent decision of dismantling the DTOs, they should have been shifted to the provincial government if not the Locals. Have they discussed with you .. ?"

 Our reply:

Dear Mr Tamang,

Thank you for your note about the recent handing over of JRDR in Kalikot by RAP3 and expressing concern about the dismantling of DTO offices in the district. For your information DTOs have been replaced by Provincial Infrastructure Development Offices (IDOs) under Provincial Ministries of Physical Infrastructure Development (MoPID). RAP3 Technical Assistance staff that used to support the DTO offices are now supporting the new IDO offices in building capacity at the Provincial level as well as providing support through a new RAP3 Technical Help Desk to Municipalities to manage road maintenance groups and road network mapping for Provincial Transport Master Plans and, later this year, Municipal Transport Master Plans. The new IDO office that is responsible for Kalikot is based in Jumla and also looks after Mugu.

I hope this reply addresses some of your concerns.

Yours sincerely,

 Michael Green

RAP3 Programme Manager

Handing over of Jarkot-Ramnakot District Road, Kalikot

By RAP 3 on February 7, 2019

District:

A formal handover of Jarkot-Ramnakot District Road (JRDR - 5.93 km), constructed by Rural Access Programme(RAP3), took place on 5th February 2019 at Pachaljharana Rural Municipality. Mr. Bedraj Regmi, representative of DoLI handed over the road to Mr. Khadka Raj Sejuwal, Chairperson of Pachaljharana Rural Municipality by granting a formal memorandum along with the project documents in presence of Mr. Jeevan Buda, a member of the National Assembly.  Mr. Jeevan Buda cut the ribbon at the zero point of JRDR and travelled along the road. The representatives of political parties gave speeches and thanked Nepal and UK governments for this great achievement. They all appreciated the working modality and transparency maintained by RAP3. Similarly, Mr. Bedraj Regmi from DoLI, Mr. Gopi Chandra Upreti from RAP3 TMO, Mr. Ramesh Neupane from DTA Kalikot and Mr. Dipraj Bam from LRUC gave speeches. The programme was chaired by Mr. Khadka Raj Sejuwal and was facilitated by Mr. Chakka Bahadur Shahi, Chief Administrative Officer of Pachaljharana Rural Municipality. The Chairperson formally closed the handover programme by giving his speech and granting a “Letter of Appreciation ’’ to DFIDN, RAP3 and RAP3 DTA Staff Kalikot. He stated that this road has become a milestone of development for the Rural Municipality and promised to maintain the road efficiently using the fund of Rural Municipality and explore the resources for further upgrading of the road.

Installation of gabion bolsters at JRDR, Kalikot

By RAP 3 on December 20, 2018

District:

RAP3 DTA Kalikot has started the installation of gabion bolsters on the downhill side of CH2+120 to CH2+220 where exposed slopes run the risk of scour/gullying on the surface. Out of 16 layers, 12 layers have been installed at a vertical interval of 2m till date. The wire bolster cylinders (in cross section, a gabion tube of 300mm diameter filled with stones) have been laid in shallow trenches across the slope. They prevent surface scour and gullying by reinforcing and fulfilling an intermittent protection function. 12mm rebar cut into 2m lengths are driven into the ground at right angles to the slope every 1.5 meters along the bolsters immediately below and touching the bolsters such that they cannot be pulled out by hand.

Completion of LRUC public audit at JRDR

By RAP 3 on December 19, 2018

District:

RAP3 DTA Kalikot has successfully accomplished the LRUC level public audit of Jarkot-Ramnakot District Road (JRDR) at Jarkot, Pachaljharana rural municipality witnessed by concerned municipal vice chairperson, ward chairpersons and members, LRUC/LRCC officials, representative of GoN stakeholders and civil society. The audit covered expenses for the period of 01 January 2018 to December 2018. During the audit, Mr Ratna Kumal, LRUC secretary presented details of expenses, savings returned status and other activities carried out by LRUC under RAP3. Altogether 173 RBG members participated in the audit. No issues were raised regarding payment distribution, LRUC management costs and transportation costs. All the RBG members provided their consents and passed the expenses accordingly. During the audit the chief guest Mrs Tara Neupane, vice chairperson appreciated the quality and modality of works performed by RAP3. Similarly RAP3 DTL informed the about the exit plan of RAP3.

TMO visit - Kalikot

By RAP 3 on December 4, 2018

District:

RAP3 TMO LRN Construction Specialist/District Coordinator - Hom Nath Lamsal and RAP3 Bajura DTL - Ramesh Neupane visited Jarkot-Ramnakot DR (JRDR) and Sanighat-Sipkhana DR (SSDR), Kalikot along with the DTA team from 24th to 26th of November 2018. The purpose of the verification visit was to make a site inspection of the works prioritized during the TMO workshop held on 8th to 10th of October 2018. Hom said that the works identified in the workshop were crucial for obtaining a clean exit from the substantially completed road. The team also briefed the Chairperson – Khadga Raj Sejuwal of Pachal Jharana Rural Municipality at Manma about the RAP3 exit strategy.

Inauguration of Salisalla-Darma District Road (SDDR, Humla)

By RAP 3 on September 21, 2018

District:

Salisalla-Darma District Road (SDDR) of Humla was inaugurated together by Dr Rurik Marsden, Head of DFID Nepal and Dhanlal Chaulagain (Chairman, Chankheli Rural Municipality) on 17th of September 2018. The visiting team comprised of Dr Rurik Marsden (DFID), Dr Simon Lucas (DFID), Dr Suman Baidya (DFID), Pratima Shrestha (DFID), Kamlesh Yadav (DFID), Kirsteen Merrilees (TL, MHLR) and Ram Prasad Thapaliya (DC).  The SDDR acts as an extension to the Mugu-Humla link road up to Salisalla. The corridor is 14.5km in length and about 44 RBGs & 17 SBGs were involved in the road construction. It was due to the relentless effort of the DTA team and the working groups that made SDDR happen. Along the road alignment, the visiting team talked to the RBGs/SBGs members about their achievements.

Completion of RMG Management Handover and RCS/ARAMP Preparation Training in Kalikot

By RAP 3 on September 11, 2018

District:

RAP3 Kalikot has successfully accomplished the two days RMG Management Handover and one day RCS/ARAMP Preparation Training on 04-05 September and 06 September 2018 respectively. This training was provided to technical personnel of R/Municipalities of Kalikot. The main objective of RMG Management Handover Training is to enhance the technical skills and knowledge concerning mobilization of road maintenance groups. The training will also provide an effective way of monitoring and supervising maintenance works. Similarly, the objective of RCS and ARAMP Preparation Training is to introduce ARAMP and make capable the technical personnel in planning, implementation and supervision of road construction by municipalities.  The training was facilitated by Mr. Mahendra Kumar Shrestha, Procurement Specialist, RAP3 TMO, Mr. Ramesh Khatakho, ADTL, Ms. Nisha Basnet, GE and Subheksha GC, IE. The technical personnel of eight out of nine municipalities of Kalikot and DCC technical personnel participated in the programme.

RMGs mobilised at SSDR by Raskot Municipality

By RAP 3 on August 21, 2018

District:

Raskot Municipality, Kalikot has mobilised RMG groups on the Shantighat-Syuna-Sipkhana District Road (SSDR) which was completed and handed over to the municipality by RAP3 on 31 January 2018. After hand over of SSDR, RAP3 was mobilising Road Building Groups (RMG) at SSDR until the end of 31 July 2018.  As RAP3 stopped the financial support for RMG in line with its phase out plan, Raskot municipality has taken overall responsibility of mobilizing RMGs after July 2018 with the funding of municipality and province government. However, RAP3 will provide the technical support until the end of December 2018.

Two Wheeler test drive on Jarkot-Ramnakot DR

By RAP 3 on August 20, 2018

District:

Kalikot RAP3 DTA successfully conducted a two – wheeler (Bike) Test Drive on 5.93km Jarkot – Ramnakot DR (JRDR) on 18th of August 2018. The road is under construction by RAP3 Palata LRUC. Currently 14/15 RBGs, 23/28 SBGs and 4/4 Drill groups are actively involved in the construction work. Starting from Jarkot bazaar, a total of 7 bikes reached the end point of the road. No formal program was organized for the event as the prime objective of the test drive was to motivate RBGs /SBGs for timely completion of the road. However, no traffic will be allowed to ply the road until the final completion of the road including road safety measures.

Inventory works started at SSDR, Kalikot

By RAP 3 on August 17, 2018

District:

Inventory works including longitudinal and cross section survey works started at Shantighat-Syuna-Sipkhana District Road (SSDR) from 11th August 2018 for preparation of the Final Completion Report for SSDR. The survey team was lead by SEO and conducted the inventory works to update the road chainage, road width, road side structures, side drains and cross drainage structures, bio-engineering works, road safety measures and EMP works.

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