Annual Review & Engagement Workshop

District:

DTA Morang successfully completed the Annual review and engagement workshop on 12th September at Hotel Eastern Star, Biratnagar. The review program was run by Nandi Keshar Kafle, Nayab Subba, DCC under the chairmanship of LDO, Shobhakhar Regmi with Chief Guest being Naresh Prasad Pokharel, DCC Chief and newly elected representatives from the 14 R/Municipalities. The executive members of the respective R/Municipalities too were present as participants. LDO/DCC, Planning Officer/DCC, DTO chief, DCC/DTO officials, Engineers/DTO, RAP 3 TMO, RMG, media persons and RAP 3 staff participated in the annual review workshop. Gopi Chandra Upreti, M&E Specialist RAP 3 shared his slides of RAP 3 - Introduction and program achievements till date. CDE delivered slides on Types of Maintenance and their importance in LRN including Improvement & Upgrading interventions. GE Roshan Yadav had presentation on annual progress of FY 073/74. The engagement workshop succeeded the district annual review program. Participants were briefed about the workshop at the end of the annual review program. The workshop chairperson Naresh Prasad Pokharel, Chairperson of DCC Morang closed the engagement workshop expressing heartfelt thanks to RAP 3 for providing a common platform to all R/Municipalities. 

CIM assessment meeting

District:

The CIM (Continual Improvement Matrix) Assessment meeting was conducted on 11th September 2017 under the chairmanship of Shobhakhar Regmi, LDO, DCC Morang. Overall nine participants attended the program including LDO/DCC, Planning Officer, DTO chief, DCC/DTO officials, M&E Specialist RAP 3 TMO, RAP 3 DC, and RAP 3 staff. Gopi Chandra Upreti explained the objectives of the program. The discussion was done on each subtitle. Average scores were discussed amongst the participants and upon agreement of all it was used as the official score. The program concluded with the announcement of overall average score of 8.25. The increase in the CIM score is credited to the increase of the realization of the need of regular maintenance of the road sector and an increased investment in DRCN.

Completion of external audit

District:

The external audit team comprising Sakar Koirala and Nishan Bhatta visited Morang district from 6th - 8th September 2017 to carry out audit on RAP 3’s financial and other related activities. The team reviewed the financial activities including TA, ASP, RAP 3 GoN fund, RMGs payments, expenditure of RAP’s office, attendance register, logbook, and Public Audit reports. The audit team performed the audits on different accounting records whether proper procedures have been followed or not. After the completion of audit, closing meeting was held on 8th of September to share about initial findings and suggestions of Audit to the DTA. Audit team thanked DTA team for their support and discussed on the results of their audit.

16 Roads of Morang are to be maintained

District:

This is an unofficial translation of news article published in Nagariknews Daily on 12 September 2017. 16 roads of Morang are to be maintained by Rural Access Programme in this fiscal year. This information was shared in a program organized in Biratnagar with an objective to orient the newly elected Chief and Deputy Chiefs of local levels about Rural Access Programme. According to Chief District Engineer Rewati Raman Parajuli, though RAP was working in co-ordination with District Development Committee in the past, however from this fiscal year it is going to work with co-ordination of local levels. According to him, this programme is working in its third phase in Morang. In this fiscal year Sundarpur-Yangsila-Dharan road, Nimuwa-Hattimuda -Kohalpur road, Rani-Budhnagar-Tarigama road, Belbari-Lokhara-Bhogateni-Aaitabare, Bhahunne-Aamtola road will be maintained. Likewise, Laxmimarga-Babiyabirta-Amahi, Kanepokhari-6 no. Budhabare, Pathari-JaNte, Aamgachhi-Takuwa, Jhapartal-Bardanga, Kishanchowk-Miklajung, Kadupada-Jhurkiya and Pathari- Sikti roads are also to be maintained. Last year RAP has maintained 26 main roads of Morang. According to Local Road Network Maintenance Coordinator Harihar Bhandari, last year those roads were maintained at cost of NRs. 35.7 million, in which DFID provided NRs. 17.7 million and GoN provided NRs. 18 million. He added that RAP has been operational in Morang since 6 years. RAP has been implementing update of District Transport Master Plan, Rapid Condition Survey, formation of RMGs, preparation of Annual Road Asset Management Plan, conducting different capacity building training, etc. in the district.

Flood and landslide obstruct many DRCNs

District:

DTA MOR carried out a brief visit of DRCNs to collect damages report on flooding and landslides caused due to intensive rainfall of 12th & 13th August in the district. Many DRCNs of Morang were found obstructed and damaged during this event. Heavy rainfall led to huge flood in terai region where as landslides in hilly areas. Still some DRCNs are partially pliable. There is a need of emergency maintenance in 05DR026 (Kishanchowk-Tandi-Ramite-Miklajung) road corridor. 05DR017 (Belbari-Lokhara-Bhogteni-Aaitabare) and 05DR007 (Kerabari-Patigaun-Danda Bazar) road corridors were also blocked due to landslide, 05DR020 (Kanepokhari-Letang-Warangi- 6 no. Budhabare) road is blocked due to overflow of Bhuwa khola and landslide at different chainages and 05DR014 (Kathari-lakxminiya-Nocha-Amahi) road is washed away at different chainages. These roads are still not accessible from the day of 12th August. Similarly, 05DR006 (Rani-Budhanagar-Tarigama Border) road corridor is washed away at chainage 8+800. Other road corridors also had some minor obstructions due to flood in terai region and landslides that of hill region but now most of them are functional.

DTA Morang farewell DTL

District:

On 10th August 2017 RAP3 DTA Morang along with DCC & DTO Morang have bid farewell to outgoing DTL Harihar Bhandari. He has been now assigned to the post of running the Help Desk in the five Pilot districts. The farewell program was conducted on the chairmanship of CDE. He expressed his words regarding the hard work and quality works that our DTL served during his tenure at Morang DTA. On further note he also wishes DTL best for his new assignment ahead. DTL also expressed his valuable words regarding successful tenure in serving the Morang district by his managerial skills, developing technical expertise in road improvement and maintenance sector of Morang’s DRCNs. His tenure in Morang has been found satisfactory. DTA Morang wishes him good luck and a successful tenure in his new assigned position.

Handover – Takeover (HoTo) of Improvement and RMG Works

District:

As RAP3 decided to stand-down from Project Manager of Improvement Project of MOR district, RAP3 have shifted outgoing DTL Harihar Bhandari to take up the post of running the Help Desk in the five Pilot districts through to September 2018. Before this transfer, he handed over all related documents of Improvement project to DTO Morang on 10th August whereas the duty and documents related to RMGs are handed over to GE Roshan Yadav on same date. For the effectiveness, Hand over-Take over (HoTo) process was done at DTA office, where the documents were submitted to OM/GE. During the process, outgoing DTL Harihar Bhandari sat along with GE to track the work progress for handover. He made all clear about the backup and some managerial skill to GE in order to lead team at district level.

DTA Morang farewell IoW and SLT

District:

On 26th July 2017 DTA Morang has bid farewell to outgoing IoW Rameshwor K.C and SLT Tek Bahadur Lama. They have been assigned in GoN funded Improvement Project of Morang i.e., Khorsane-Kerabari and Pathari (Bhutani siwir)-Sanischare Roads. In a brief farewell program they expressed their valuable words regarding successful tenure in serving the Morang district by developing technical expertise in road improvement and maintenance sector of Morang’s DRCNs. IoW is now assigned to Dailekh district and SLT to Doti district under same position of RAP3. Their tenure in Morang has been found satisfactory. DTA Morang wishes them good luck and a successful tenure in their new assigned districts.

Completion of RMGs’ gravel supply

District:

RMGs’ gravel supply to 23 DRCNs of Morang district have been successfully completed on 9th July 2017. Under the three packages of contract no. DDC/MOR/RAP3/GOODS/SQ-08(2073/74), DDC/MOR/RAP3/GOODS/SQ-09(2073/74) and DDC/MOR/RAP3/GOODS/SQ-10 (2073/74), the supply and delivery by Gauri Bhakta Multipurpose Trade (P) Ltd has been done successfully. The total quantity supplied is 2277.74 m3 and that of total expenditure is NRs. 4,228,758.98 (Incl. of VAT). Supplied gravel were used for maintaining the road condition better than before. RMGs had filled the ruts, potholes, maintained the uneven surface, etc. under the supervision of site in-charges.

Joint Visit of Improvement Projects in Morang

District:

A joint visit to Morang Improvement projects was conducted on 20th June. The team comprised DoLIDAR’s RAP Programme Co-ordinator Mohan Raj Chapagain, DTO Chief Rewati Raman Parajuli, LRNAMS Manoj Krishna Shrestha, DTL Harihar Bhandari, Improvement Team and contractor’s representative.  The purpose of the visit was to look at the condition of the road where the prime coat has been completed on the Pathari (Bhutanisiwir)-Sanischare Road and to update the status on defects on Khorsane-Kerabari Road. RAP will stand down at the end of the financial year after two years as Project Manager on these roads and hand supervision over to the DTO. Contractor PM Binod Gautam assured the team that they have planned to mobilise their plant from 29th June for pothole repairs before the monsoon is effective so that damage during the wet season would be under control for final repair after the monsoon.

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