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.

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.

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