Orientation programme to chainsaw operators

By RAP 3 on June 10, 2019

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RAP3 MHLR project field team organised an orientation programme to 4 groups (21 members) of chainsaw operators on 20th May 2019 at Chankheli Pass, Mugu. Several videos were shown to provide them general tips when using a chainsaw for felling large trees. Chainsaws can potentially be very dangerous machines that can cause fatal or major injuries if not used correctly. Therefore, the project wants our operators to be competent in using a chainsaw for the work they are to carry out. The videos briefed them about the appropriate techniques and safety guidelines when using a chainsaw as well as introducing different parts of chain saw, repair and maintenance techniques, and the methods to clean and sharpen the device. They are required to check all required supplies, equipment and safety gear daily before starting work.

Leg sleeve aprons distributed to RAP3 MHLR workers

By RAP 3 on June 10, 2019

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RAP3 MHLR has recently distributed 4 sets of leg sleeve aprons to each Road Building Group of Rugha, Luma, Bama, and Panidhara (Darke) in order to improve workplace safety for our RBGs. These safety items help to minimise common causes of injuries when cutting stone. Splinters from breaking rock pieces can sometimes hit the body from the impact of a hammer and chisel resulting in injury. Our RBGs have tested wearing leg sleeve aprons to cut stone in the field and shared that such safety gear helps to protect the body from fly-stone and scratches. According to MHLR rules, RBGs working in the site must use all the activity specific safety equipment provided by the project.

RAP3 MHLR constructed a new building in Bama, Mugu

By RAP 3 on June 10, 2019

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RAP3 MHLR has recently completed the construction of a new building that is going to be operated as the main field office in Bama, Mugu. The administrative work and the site activities that mainly cover Luma, Bama and Darke sections will be managed from this office. The building consists of six rooms; the two rooms will be used for office usage, 3 rooms for staff residential usage, and 1 room is separated for guests. Moreover, the rooftop is also usable for holding meetings and presentations that can accommodate 30 people. This building is installed with solar power backup and NTSAT setup for communication.  The structural design of the building, prepared by the Centre of Resilient Development (CoRD), uses stone with mud mortar held together by a wooden frame in accordance with the National Building Code (NBC). After the completion of the RAP3 MHLR project, this earthquake-resistant building will be handed over to the local government.

RBGs and SRBGs received payment

By RAP 3 on May 21, 2019

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Wage payment has been distributed to Panidhara Local Road User Committee (LRUCs) and Bama Special Road Building Groups (SRBGs) at Bama on 2nd May2019. LRUCs and SRBGs were invited to Himodaya Lower Secondary School to receive their payment. MHLR project field Manager and field staff successfully led the payment programme. There were altogether 10 Road Building Groups (RBGs) in Panidhara LRUC in which 104 were women and 96 were men.  They received the First Interim Payment Certificate (IPC), totalling NPR 33, 27,158.88. Similarly, Bama SRBGs received their second Interim Payment Certificate (IPC) of total amount of NPR. 536,951.96. Our RBGs and SRBGs were happy with the equal payment and appreciated the transparent payment system of RAP3 MHLR. Our workers are being paid equal wage for equal work irrespective of their gender which has been adopted by the programme from the beginning.

Bridge Construction over Luma River

By RAP 3 on May 21, 2019

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RAP3 MHLR recently constructed a temporary wooden bridge over Luma River in Mugu to allow construction vehicles (people and mule trains) to cross easily. The 30-metre-long bridge has been constructed by the Road Building Groups (RBGs) of Luma Guru Dev Local Road Users Committee (LRUCs).    Locals of Luma and Bama village requested the bridge as they  were facing difficulty to cross the river during monsoon season.  They will benefit after the operation of this bridge as it allows easy passage for locals, livestock and pedestrians.  In previous monsoon, 3 mules were swept away while crossing the river.  Infrastructure Adviser of DFID Nepal, Dr. Suman Baidya and Team Leader of RAP3 MHLR, Kirsteen Merrilees inaugurated the 30m long bridge on 7th May 2019.  Now, the bridge has enabled locals of Luma and Bama all-season access.  Although the structure is temporary, it should last 5 years or more if well maintained.

First four-wheeler in Humla through Chankheli Pass

By RAP 3 on May 21, 2019

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The MHLR team have now completed initial track opening of 38km from Gamgadhi to the Chankheli pass (3750m asl), which marks the boundary between Rara Chhayanath Municipality in Mugu district with Chankheli Rural Municipality in Humla district.  The RAP3 MHLR Bolero pickup managed to drive into Humla.   Infrastructure Adviser of DFID Nepal, Dr. Suman Baidya and Team Leader of RAP3 MHLR, Kirsteen Merrilees inaugurated the track opening. The event was marked by cutting a ribbon on 7th May 2019.

Until this occasion, Humla was not connected by road to the rest of the country.

First National Competitive Bid Opening of RAP3 MHLR

By RAP 3 on May 6, 2019

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RAP3 MHLR has opened its first bid on 24th April 2019 for selecting the potential bidders for supply of construction tools, safety equipment, gabions items and geotextile to the project field office. All the bidders had submitted sealed quotations at RAP 3 office, Kathmandu and the bids were opened in presence of representatives from each supplier. The total bidders for contract packages of RAP3/MHLR 2019/012 are 4, RAP3/MHLR 2019/013 are 5, and RAP3/MHLR 2019/014 are 5. The total estimated amount of all packages is Nrs. 72513970.62 and the bidders bid the amount of Nrs. 69151035. 

For this, the notice was published on Gorkhapatra dainik on 3rd April 2019 and pre-bid meeting was conducted on 17th April to clarify the bidder’s queries regarding the contract packages.

RBGs receiving payment

By RAP 3 on May 6, 2019

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Wage payment has been distributed to Road Building Groups (RBGs) at Rugha on 28th April 2019. Local Road User Committee (LRUCs) and RBGs were invited to Shree Malika Primary school to receive their payment. MHLR Social Development Officer (SDO), Mahesh Prasad Bhattrai along with other MHLR field staff successfully led the payment programme. The team helped LRUC members to separate the bill amount of their respective groups which made the payment easy and fast. There were altogether 14 groups and 1 drill machine group in which 148 were men and 136 were women and the total amount of NRs. 4,533,848.79 was distributed. Our RBGs were happy with the equal payment and were appreciating the transparent payment system of RAP3 MHLR. Our workers are being paid equal wage for equal work irrespective of their gender which has been adopted by the programme since the beginning.

Alignment marking completed along Chankheli-Deuli Section

By RAP 3 on May 6, 2019

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The centre-line layout survey for final alignment marking has been completed in Chankheli-Deuli section on 23rd April 2019. The surveyors had set out the central-line by using a level and total station device pegging at intervals of 20 meter in straight portion and 10 meter in curved portion. Each centre-line peg was marked with enamel paint using appropriate signs and symbols so that the tree stamping teams could easily follow the road corridor.

Agreement with Rara Karnali LRUC at improvement section

By RAP 3 on May 6, 2019

District:

The agreement for carrying out structures work on the 4km improvement section has been signed between RAP3 MHLR and Rara Karnali LRUC members on 24th April 2019. The improvement section work starts from zero point nearby Red Cross building, Gamgadhi and ends at the Mugu Karnali River at CH 4+000. The major work to be carried out on this improvement section is a loop extension to achieve desirable gradient and road widening. Now, after the completion of excavation work, the gradient comes under the average maximum range. In the improvement section, 10 SRBGs are mobilised for structure works, focusing on the construction of gabion walls, dry walls, toe walls, causeway, dry stone soling and other retaining structures. This agreement will exist till the end of May 2019.

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