Handover – Takeover (HoTo) of Improvement and RMG Works

District:

Outgoing IoW Prem Bal Tamang handed over his duty of Improvement project to related project’s IoW Rameshwor KC on 6th June. He also handed over his duty of RMG to GE and SAME.

On 6th June 2017, for completion of Handover-Takeover process of Improvement and RMG sites, a team of GE, IoWs and SAME visited the following DRCNs:

a)      Khorsane-Kerabari Road (05DR008) [Improvement road]

b)      Mirgauliya-Gothgaun Road (05DR002)

c)       Nimuwa-Hattimuda-Koyalpur Road (05DR003)

d)      Kaseni-Banigama-Dangraha Road (05DR009)

During the field visit, outgoing IoW Prem Bal Tamang drove through improvement road corridor along with GE and Iow Rameshwor KC to track the work progress. Also, for handover of RMG corridor, he along with DTA Technicians those who were taking over the sites introduced and interacted with RMG members, drove through the road corridors to track the works’ progress till date and traced out the routine/minor recurrent maintenance needs of the respective DRCNs. This sort of field based HoTo procedure would surely benefit the stakeholders and should be continued in future.

RMG Refresher Training and Public Audit

District:

On 9th June 2017, one-day RMG Orientation/Refresher Training and Public Audit was organized in Morang. DTL Harihar Bhandari chaired the program as DTO Engineer could not attend it due to work pressure at his office. Total 64 RMG members participated in the training. One Social Mobilizer from Belbari municipality also attended the program.

In the opening session DTL Harihar Bhandari welcomed the participants along with clarification on the objectives of the training. In a brief closing remarks DTL also highlighted on the importance of small scale (i.e., routine & minor recurrent) maintenance activities done by RMGs under technical supervision of RAP3.  He also urged that though DCC/DTO has been critical to the level of maintenance input in terai roads but it is considerable in case of hilly roads as RMGs have maintained their corridor properly. General topics covered during the training were introduction of road elements, water management, supervision, work evaluation, inspection, etc. Despite of being a training, DTL prioritized to interact with the RMGs where they got opportunities to be clear on any confusion they have been facing in their work and payments. Furthermore, discussion on general problems of RMGs were done, for which solutions were provided. For instance, all the requirements of RMGs who had not received safety equipment were noted down and all site inspectors were advised to fulfill their requirements within time.

Overall the training was found to be effective considering the delightful feedback received from RMGs. The training helped to orient new members whereas refresher package for older ones and also refresh the relationship between RMGs, DCC and DTA staff.

Books handover for DCC mini-library

District:

DTA Morang handed over civil engineering related books to DCC Morang amidst a function organized at DCC on 28 May 2017. DTL Harihar Bhandari submitted keys of a book rack, as a component-support to establish a mini-library, to the LDO Shobhakhar Regmi in presence of DCC/DTO/DTA Staff. In total there are 139 academic & reference books under Civil Engineering faculty including basic computer applications and programming. The book rack is maintained at DTO Chief’s chamber. The financial support has been provided under Annual Support Program (ASP) of FY 016/17. This is a small support towards encouraging DCC to establish a well-equipped, multi-faceted library within its premises in future. This would obviously derive the DCC-Morang as a knowledge-hub, an exceptional in our country. In the handover programme LDO shared his view expecting that DCC/DTO Technicians would surely refer the library towards gaining technical knowledge from these books, generate ideas to prepare sound designs, drawings, quantity and cost estimates as per Standard Norms and Specifications. As the book rack will be under the domain of DTO, he also instructed that the library administrator should be vigilant and inform all the staffs to keep the books in usable condition and provide access for all the staffs. Overall, the mini-library would certainly support the local body to enhance the technical knowledge of their staffs and add DCC’s value as a knowledge-hub in the days to come.

DTA welcomes Graduate Engineer

District:

DTA Morang has welcomed incoming Graduate Engineer Roshan Yadav on 21st May 2017. He has attended the office after earlier GE has left the DTA as he got scholarship to study Geo-tech in Thailand. On behalf of DTA, OM Mohan Pariyar welcomed him in the office. Mr. Roshan is an inhabitant of Biratnagar Sub-metropolitan City ward no. 16. He has completed his Bachelor’s in Civil Engineering in 2015. He joined RAP3 as an Intern in end of 2016 and has served in two districts i.e., first half in Bajura and second half in Achham during the Internship. In a short welcome program he expressed his deep interest in serving the district by developing technical expertise in road improvement and maintenance sector of Morang’s DRCNs. DTA Morang wishes his good luck and a successful tenure in Morang.

Improvement meeting with pavement expert at TMO

District:

A meeting on Improvement Project was held at RAP3-TMO  on 22nd mAY 2017 in presence of DPM Arjun Paudel, Pavement Expert Dr. Biswa Shahi, DTL Harihar Bhandari and Contractor’s PM. DC Manoj Krishna Shrestha coordinated the meeting. The major agenda was to discuss on the complexities in Mix Design of Asphalt Concrete pavement of Improvement Project of Khorsane-Kerabari & Pathari (Bhutani Siwir)-Sanischare Road and provide feedback for producing mix aggregates as per DoR Spec 2001. Earlier the contractor, Geetanjali Construction Co., has submitted a set of Mix Design Report of Akara Lab that was rejected by the RAP3. As the present mix of 10mm down aggregates & stone dust could not meet the grading envelope of the above Spec so Pavement Expert Dr. Shahi has suggested to re-design the mix sample adding some % of crusher sand. In the meeting, Pavement Expert Dr. Shahi re-iterated that if the test results of this mix sample (at optimum binder content) meets the basic parameters like stability, flow, % air voids, etc. then only RAP3 would recommend for further use in job mix at contractor’s plant. Contractor PM has assured that he would propose for Mix Design at Everest Lab in Kathmandu and submit the lab reports for RAP3 PM’s approval as early as possible because monsoon season is nearby which is undesirable for blacktopping works. Overall, the meeting concluded providing ample instructions to contractor to finalize the mix design issue and come up with catch-up plan to accomplish blacktop pavement works before the monsoon is active in the district.

Road safety training

District:

Under the chairmanship of Chief District Engineer, Rewati Raman Parajuli, one day orientation training on Road Safety Assessment was held at DCC meeting hall of Morang district on 24th April 2017. The training was given by DTL Harihar Bhandari to 18 participants of the DCC/DTO/DTA staff. The training included discussions on various road safety issues like Acts and Regulations in Nepal, Road Safety Initiative, 5-Pillars of Road Safety and such. The training also included a field visit to Katahari-Lakshminiya-Pokhariya-Nocha Road (05DR014). Proper signage, sight distance and sharp curves of the road corridor were discussed during the visit. Overall, the training was successful as it could enlighten the participants about one of the most unaddressed issues in road designs of Nepal.

RMG refresher training and public audit

District:

Under the chairmanship of LDO, Shovakhar Regmi, one day RMG Orientation/Refresher Training and Public Audit was organized at DCC hall, Biratnagar, Morang, on 19th April 2017. Total 53 RMG members participated in the training. In the opening session DTL Harihar Bhandari welcomed the participants along with clarification on the objectives of the training. In a brief closing remarks LDO Shovakhar Regmi highlighted on the importance of small scale (i.e., routine & minor recurrent) maintenance activities done by RMGs under technical supervision of RA P3.  He also urged that though DCC/DTO has been critical to the level of maintenance input in terai roads but it is considerable if they have maintained their corridor properly. General topics covered during the training were introduction of road elements, water management, supervision, work evaluation, inspection, etc. Despite of being a training, DTL prioritized to interact with the RMGs where they got opportunities to be clear on any confusion they have been facing in their work. Furthermore, discussion on general problems of RMGs were done, for which solutions were provided. For instance, raincoat was distributed to the RMGs who had not received it and was necessary considering the onset of monsoon. Overall the training was found to be effective considering the delightful feedback received from RMGs. The training helped to orient new members whereas refresher package for older ones and also develop the relationship between RMGs, DCC and DTA staff.

GoN fund relieved RMGs

District:

After about 3 months of delay in the payment of RMGs, the GoN fund has finally been received and RMGs of Morang district has been paid. Despite the delay in the payment of RMG wages, they continued to work in the field. After several complaining regarding the delay, they have finally received their earnings and were delighted for it. The government has taken over RMGs from RAP 3, and despite the break in payment, it is now hoped that the RMG works shall be continued in sustainable manner. At present, RMGs have been receiving technical support from RAP 3.

RMG orientation/refresher training and public audit

District:

DTA Morang has organized one day RMG Orientation /Refresher Training and Public Audit event on 21st March 2017 of following DRCNs: Sundarpur-Yanshila-Dharan (05DR001), Mirgauliya-Gothgaun (05DR002), Kerabari-Paatigaun-Danda bazaar (05DR007) and Khorsane-Kerabari-Singhadevi-Samewa (05DR008). In total, out of 11 RMGs, 40 members of 10 RMGs attended the program. Office of the District Co-ordination Committee representative Yam Nath Giri chaired the program. DTL Harihar Bhandari conducted the formal session with welcome remarks and brief Overview of RAP3 at present scenario. He highlighted the objective of Orientation/Refresher Training as well as Public Audit programs among the participants as a tool of updating working methods along with transparency in payment procedures. DCC representative concluded the formal session, expressing that GoN/DCC is really glad to witness efforts of RMG members to maintain the DRCNs in keeping these networks pliable even in the monsoon season. He added that GoN should always focus in road maintenance through such minimal input of resources like manpower and funds for RMGs because it is one of the best affordable and sustainable technique to keep good roads in good condition. Later SAMEs Nabin Jung Thapa and Ram Ratan Yadav presented the slide and photos on Road Maintenance Works, RMG working procedures, Supervision and payment and 10-points Workers’ Briefing Card, etc., followed by presentation of IoW Prem Tamang Bal  about the H&S matters. In between his presentation, DTL also clarified the issues raised by RMGs like early issuance of raincoats and changed norms from new RMG Guideline, March 2016 version. Finally RMGs thanked DCC and DTA in organizing this program in which they got opportunity to learn and refresh their knowledge on conducting routine and minor recurrent maintenance works in safe and effective manner.

CPD training in DDC

District:

DTA Morang organized a two-days’ CPD Training event on 5th & 6th March 2017. The event covered Implementation Module (LRN Engineering Course 4A, 4B, 4D, 4E, 4F & 4G) and Quality Control Module (LRN Engineering Course 4C). As this is a part of Central CPD Programme the course content are followed from LRN Engineering Course-2016 with relevant experience sharing in the subject matters. The LRN Modules were delivered by DTL Harihar Bhandari. In the first day, Chief District Engineer Rewati Raman Parajuli also joined the session while Engineers, Sub-Engineers and Assistant Sub-Engineers of DDC/DTO attended the whole two days’ session. Out of total 40 participants, 34 were from DDC/DTO technicians. Unlike previous participation, this time, newly recruited technicians from DDC’s programs like Border Area Development Program and Constituency Area Development Program got a golden opportunity to learn about Implementation and Quality Control procedures followed by RAP3. Participants admired this concept of knowledge sharing from the experiences gained at field level would surely benefit in their professional career.

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