Puja Performed for EBRW machines and crews

By RAP 3 on May 11, 2018


We have held orientation sessions for the operators and helpers of the three excavators engaged in the EBRW Pilot covering environmental protection and safe operating practices.  On 10th May, the people from Rugha village performed a Puja for the excavators and their operators for successful completion of the EBRW Pilot and Mugu Humla Link Road, after which track opening officially commenced. We have also formed 24 Road Building Groups from Rugha and Luma settlements, who will complete the track widening and structures works along the road near their homes. 

Excavation Works Start on EBRW Pilot

By RAP 3 on May 11, 2018


The villagers of Rugha have had bad experiences of excavators coming along and digging a ‘road’ through their village and fields pretty much at random over the past few years.  The alignment of these road tracks are so below standard that even a tractor with trailer cannot follow them.  The villagers were, therefore, quite concerned when RAP3 announced that it was going to bring more excavators under the EBRW Pilot to construct a road along a different alignment in the same area. 

With the support of Ward Chairperson Mr Chakra Saud, several meetings have been held in the village to agree the way forward.  Where it is possible to meet road standards, RAP3 will adopt sections of the existing tracks.  Where this is not possible, RAP3 has agreed to reinstate the previously opened tracks so the land can used for farming again.  RAP3 also agreed to minimise the use of excavators in and around their village and farmland and maximise their wage labour opportunities.  The additional wage income will more than offset the loss of recently planted crops affected by the new alignment. 

EBRW pilot project – Excavators are ready for work at site

By RAP 3 on May 3, 2018


The Equipment Based Road Work (EBRW) Pilot is now underway.  Four excavator owners have signed agreements to participate in the pilot and their excavators have crossed the river.  A skills assessment of the excavator operators and their helpers has been conducted by Alliance for Social Mobilisation.  The assessment included theoretical knowledge and practical skills demonstrations on site.  They will use the findings of this assessment will be used to develop an advanced operators training programme.  The overall aim of the training part of the pilot is to develop skilled operators and helpers in two Municipalities, and to develop and test training and guidance materials for excavator owners and operators.  This should enable Municipalities to be self-sufficient in future road works using locally sourced skills and expertise.  All the Pilot operators are young, energetic, keen to learn and be part of this unprecedented training programme.  After completion of all parts of the new advanced training programme, we should have a group of skilled operators that are capable of working independently to standards and to build roads that the two Municipalities (and RAP3) can be proud of.


Motorbike test drive on new RAP3 road in Mugu

By RAP 3 on April 30, 2018


RAP3 DTA Mugu successfully completed a Motorbike test drive to the end of Gamgadhi-Dhaina-Dhulachour District Road of Gamgadhi-Gilaha section on 29th April, 2018. Altogether 6 motorcycles (2 DTA and 4 local peoples) reached the end point at Ch. 22+750. The main objective of Motorbikes test drive is to encourage RBGs/SBGs members to speed up construction works, to give good impression of RAP3 works progress among all district stakeholders and to identify the major bottleneck for 4WD test drive of the GDDDR. Now the local people can believe that the road will be substantially completed by July 2018 and the end of Nepali fiscal year. All RBGs/SBGs, local beneficiaries and VDC level stakeholders heartily welcomed the RAP3 DTA team and local bike owners for this great achievement. The DTA thanked all beneficiaries/ stakeholders who are directly or indirectly involvement in the implementation of the RAP3 programme.

RAP3 EBRW Tractor crosses Mugu Karnali River

By RAP 3 on April 23, 2018


The RAP3 Equipment Based Road Works (EBRW) Pilot is mobilising 5 excavators across the Mugu Karnali to develop an advanced operator training programme and road work guidelines.  To keep these 5 excavators running requires approximately 10,000 litres of fuel every month, equivalent to about 250 mule trips each month – or 10 mule trips per working day.  RAP3 has purchased and mobilised a Tractor with Trailer across the Mugu Karnali river to minimise the distance that the mules need to carry the fuel.  In addition to carrying fuel supplies, the tractor will be used for helping carry supplies, tools and construction materials between the river and sites, and for transporting materials, soil and rocks along the route to support mass balance of cut / fill areas, improving the management of construction spoil to minimise environmental impacts.  The tractor also forms part of the EBRW pilot itself, which will include performance analysis, training and development of best practice guidelines for using tractors to support environmentally sound road construction works.

Wooden Stone Carriers Trialled in Mugu

By RAP 3 on April 18, 2018


During a TMO visit in March looking at safety issues, one of the Himalayan Medics team noticed that our workers were struggling to carry stones for the gabion boxes and explained how in Solukhumbu, in Eastern Nepal, workers there use a locally designed wooden carrier to make their work easier.  This seemed like a good idea so they described the carrier in detail to a carpenter in Gamgadhi who made three carriers to trial.  These wooden stone carriers cost just Nrs 900 and during the trials the RAP3 workers found them to be very good – it protects them from bruises, cuts and scrapes on their backs, is easier to load and unload, and is easier to carry the stones over distances.  This wooden carrier works out more cost effective than the traditional woven baskets and better for the workers than just carrying the stones directly on their backs.  Best of all RAP3 has facilitated the transfer a locally developed solution from East Nepal to the West.  The RAP3 team in Mugu are already making more of these wooden stone carriers for their road workers to use, and perhaps if we demonstrate how good they are, others in the area might also take up the idea. Photos show current practice of protecting the back with a cloth and the new wooden carriers that is designed to protects the back

Safety Demonstration at High Risk sections of GDDDR in Mugu District

By RAP 3 on April 5, 2018


“SAFETY FIRST” RAP3 pays great attention to site safety across its work sites, but recently engaged experts in mountain safety to help improve safety on sections where the risk of falling is high and likely to have serious consequences. As with most roads in mountainous districts, the RAP3 roads cross hillsides with falls of several hundred metres down steep slopes. 

Whilst safety ropes and harnesses have been used on RAP3 roads since the beginning, a recent safety oriented field inspection identified a number of opportunities to further improve worker safety. RAP3 hire two professional climbers and mountain safety specialists, Mr Rajesh Lama and Mr Abiral Rai, from Himalayan Medics to advise on how better to secure and use safety ropes and harnesses in dangerous locations. They installed several different types of demonstration rope systems for different site conditions, gave instructions on the correct way to wear the different types of safety harnesses, tie safety knots, to secure anchors and use safety ropeways. They demonstrated how the use of ‘screw lock carabineers’ could make safety ropeways more easily accessible and more likely to be used by workers and, where necessary, by the public.  During the demonstrations our staff and workers attempted to tie the correct knots – these proved quite difficult to remember and so a series of instruction videos have also been made in all the new safety techniques introduced.   As a result of the demonstrations, RAP3 is in the process of introducing these new safety ropeway techniques to all dangerous locations on the RAP3 works and to use the videos to broaden the training to all that might benefit from them.  It is hoped that these measures will minimise the risk of workers falling while working on or accessing the remaining difficult sections of the RAP3 roads. 

RAP3 Programme Manager and others visit Mugu

By RAP 3 on March 21, 2018


RAP3 Programme Manager, Michael Green; Equipment-Based Road Works Pilot (Mugu-Humla) Team Leader, Kirsteen Merrilees; District Coordinator/Acting Deputy Team Leader, Bishnu Ram Bista; two rock climber / mountaineering specialists and others, arrived in Mugu on 20th March, 2018. The purpose of the visit is to observe/inspect the road construction activities at Gamgadhi-Dhaina-Dhulachour District Road from a safety perspective. The mountaineers will investigate possible alternative tethering solutions that might be used to revise site safety management procedures while working near localized, precipitous terrain. DTA Mugu has welcomed the visitors and shared district progress.

Celebration of International Women’s Day (IWD), Mugu

By RAP 3 on March 15, 2018


RAP3 DTA, Mugu celebrated International Women’s Day on 08th March, 2018 by nominating 4 women in four categories.

  1. Women that have challenged social norms - Tara Baniya (SM)
  2. Women that have inspired/energized communities - Surja Malla (RMG member)
  3. Women that have achieved academic success - Laxmi Devi Hamal (RMG member)
  4. Women that have taken on leadership roles - Janashila Rokaya (RBG Sahajkarta and LRUC Chairperson)

Their names were forwarded to TMO for awarding provision. Guru Datta Dhakal (SDO) and Parsuram Shrestha (EO) distributed certificates and acknowledged them for their contribution to RAP3.

Safety priority for Road Building Groups

By RAP 3 on February 9, 2018


RAP3 Mugu is giving high priority for the safety of road construction groups by providing First Aid Kit (FAK) to all RBGs/SBGs/RMGs/Drill teams before mobilising for work. The replenishment of first aid materials takes place at regular, monthly intervals. As part of this effort, the DTA team stores first aid materials in Gamgadhi. First aid materials are distributed to groups on the recommendation of Social Development Officers via respective Social Mobilisers.