Specific Maintenance Groups (SMG) Feedback Report

RAP3 continued piloting of a new approach for the performance of Specific Road Maintenance which covers spot improvements to deal with critical access bottlenecks on the DRCN through Specific Maintenance Groups (SMGs) for a 2nd year during the 2017/18 construction season. The overwhelming success of SMG Piloting in Achham, Dailekh, Doti and Jumla districts in 2016/17 was expanded into Dadeldhura district. This coverage of SMG piloting was ~186 km over 15 roads and engaging 412 workers split into 24 groups, the majority of whom were remobilised from the previous year. This report presents feedback on the second year of piloting and comments regarding where this approach may be considered suitable for administration at Municipal level and is based largely on post-work questionnaires combining the views of RAP3 DTA, Municipal Officials and the SMGs.

Specific Maintenance Groups (SMG) Implementation Guideline

The approach of Specific Maintenance Groups (SMGs) was introduced by RAP3 in 2016 as a new and alternative method for undertaking Specific Maintenance; repairs to localised access bottlenecks ('critical sections' or repairs following emergency incidents) on the Local Road Network (LRN). Typically where the works are relatively straightforward they were traditionally performed through Users Committees (UCs). However the use of UCs had become beset with the problems including:

  • Tendencies to subcontract their labour-based earnings by hiring machinery or other sub-contractors.
  • Tendencies to procure their own materials and supplies with resulting quality and transparency issues.
  • Selection of UC members was often poorly controlled resulting in political nominations and artificial name lists.
  • Numbers of workers were often grossly excessive resulting in a workforce that was not competent (untrained), ill-equipped (not enough gear to go around) and poorly managed.

RAP3 Store Management Guideline

Rural Access Programme (RAP3) is working in remote areas including hill districts of Karnali. The major works of the programme are new construction as well as the maintenance of the road including promotion of the livelihood of the local people. For construction as well as maintenance of the roads construction materials, construction tools and equipment are required. RAP has made provision of various stores both at sites and district headquarters
where goods supply are stocked for subsequent issue

RBG Accident Compensation Procedures

RAP has tested a number of procedures for compensating RBGs who become injured whilst performing road-building tasks. RAP has insured RBG members through an insurance company against accidents during road construction activities. But the policies offered by the company did not cover all the issues and there was considerable delay on payment. Therefore, RAP revised and adopted an internal compensation policy in June 2006 and amended in July 2009, in March 2012, May 2014 and in August 2014 and in March 2017. Now based on these experiences, RAP intends to ‘self-insure’ i.e. absorb these medical treatment costs to compensate for the injured or disable or death cases as a project expenses.

Health and Safety Emergency Guidelines for TMO

Kathmandu is the capital of Nepal and the largest metropolitan city, the other two sister cities are Patan or Lalitpur and Bhaktapur. The city stands at an elevation of approximately, 1,400 meters in the bowl-shaped valley in central Nepal. The average elevation is 1,350 meters above the sea level. To its south is the Lalitpur sub-metropolitan city, Kirtipur municipality in south-west, Madyapur Thimi municipality in east and different Village Development Committees of Kathmandu in north, west and north-east.

SED Manual for field staff in English

The SED procedures manual has been developed to clearly define the overall approach of the SED component of the third phase of the Rural Access Programme (RAP3) and the implementation methods to be used for each of the activities within the SED component. The manual, and the procedures that it outlines, have been developed based on the lessons learned from the first year of RAP3, and incorporates the relevant parts of partner’s guidelines along with RAP3 directives.  Wherever this document is in conflict with existing agreements between RAP3, partners, and/or third parties, those official agreements will supersede these guidelines.