- Snow continues to severely impact on works progress, with limited activities being confined to lower altitude sections.
- 129 S/RBGs and rock drill groups have been mobilised for structure works and critical rock section at Dhandhuska cliff above Jaanche settlement.
- Fuel stocks are approximately 50k litres.
- Healthy workforce health, safety and sanitation programme: 21 events for 216 male and 162 female participants.
- Field level activities have been concentrated in the lower altitude section on Mugu side as snow along other sections is too deep for safe access and working.
- We have engaged with ex-RAP3 communities in Kalikot and Bajura to seek additional labour to cover the shortage of supply from Mugu and Humla. Early snowfall means their mobilisation will be deferred until February / March once the worst of the snow clears.
- Two of the 11 excavators are no longer working – one left to take up other work opportunities, one contract was terminated by RAP3 MHLR due to non-compliance with the hire agreement and code of conduct (working for others while contracted by us and stirring up conflicting views within the local community).
- Technical training for all MHLR field staff has been conducted, including practical demonstrations. The training addressed the key issues found during internal audits.
- All field level activities restarted, with 64 RBGs (1277 members) and 36 SRBGs (518 members) remobilised.
- Mugu Karnali river level has lowered sufficiently to allow tractors to pass allowing transportation of materials in Gamgadhi stores to reach site.
- The steep and rocky section at Jaanche (Ch58) continues to cause problems and delay track opening works progress. Labour rock breaking groups have also been mobilised to try to expedite works.
- Site closed and field team demobilised for festivals.
- Internal workshop held 23-25 October: 23rd Graduate Engineer’s workshop and annual reviews. 24th separate team workshops (maintenance, construction, admin and finance) focusing on technical and management issues. 25th full team workhop focusing on risk management and safeguards. These included discussion on problem areas identified through field observations and internal audits, proposed solutions and draft action plan. Workshop procedings being drafted.
- Annual Environmental Monitoring Report submitted to Department of Forest and Soil Conservation and copied to Ministry of Forest and Environment, Divisional Forest Offics of Mugu and Humla and Ministry of Industry, Tourism, Forest and Environment Karnali Province.
- 3.5m track opening has halted at Janche Khola (Ch58) due to one rocky outcrop and one very hazardous section where extra protection measures (structures between works and houses) need to be installed before works can continue.Fuel stock is approximately 41,600 litres. Transportation of fuel will continue after Tihar to replenish stocks before the anticipated winter road closure.
- Draft Technical Notes on key Road Alignment Design features, Excavator Management, and Construction of Road Structures have been shared with DFID. Final checks and revisions are being made before sharing with DoLI.
- Fuel stocks are approximately 67,000 litres. Stocks are sufficient for about 2 months of operations.
- Draft Technical Notes on key Road Alignment Design features, Excavator Management, and Construction of Road Structures have been reviewed / tested by the site teams and final edits in progress.
- Revised Works Method Statements for Tree Cutting and Management, Safe Handling and Storing of Fuel, and Safe Handling and Operation of Chainsaw are being further tested in the field.
- Field verification of road alignment and environmental management plans has been conducted.
- Plantation of compensatory trees has started.
- All physical works in the 4 km improvement section were completed in June, including additional surfacing and drainage works. However, wages for this work were distributed in July.
- Fund released and payments made for excavators, Chainsaw Operators, RBGs and SRBGs.
- In total we have 16 SRBGs and 13 RBGs working along the road on both Mugu and Humla districts (now up to Saaththaple on Humla side).
- 3 of the SRBGs are chainsaw groups working alongside the excavators for tree felling, log cutting and storing. They have been given a thorough orientation on safe chainsaw operating practices, using training videos (sourced via YouTube), RAP3 H&S procedures and checklists. 1962 trees (out of 5870 stamped, 33.4%) have been felled so far.
- All works in the 4km Improvement section are complete, including additional surfacing and drainage works.
- In total we have 31 SRBGs and 52 RBGs working along the road on both Mugu and Humla districts (now up to Saaththaple on Humla side).
- 5 of the SRBGs are chainsaw groups working alongside the excavators for tree felling, log cutting and storing. They have been given a thorough orientation on safe chainsaw operating practices, using training videos (sourced via YouTube), RAP3 H&S procedures and checklists. 1947 trees (out of 5870 stamped, 33%) have been felled so far.
- Excavators are working on initial track opening from Saaththaple towards Melcham; and track widening works between Darke and Saaththaple (through Chankheli pass). The rocky cliff section on the way up to Chankheli is now open, and the rock breaker has moved to the next rocky cliff section after Saaththaple.
- SRBGs have been working for structures work on the Improvement section. RBGs, SRBGs and one Rock Drill group operating group on Mugu side are continuing with structures and drainage on new construction section. All together 31 groups SRBGs and 52 RBGs are working.
- Tree stamping has been completed on both Mugu and Humla sides. Tree felling and removal on Mugu and Humla are in progress and track opening has reached Lebra Khola (Ch 42.78). Total 452 tree on Mugu side and 827 on Humla side already chopped and prepared logs of different sizes as instructed by DFOs.
- Phase 2 excavator hire agreements in place. Average 8 excavators in operation during May. New track opening works at Chankheli to Lebra sections. Widening works at Falata, Bama Darke and Chankheli areas. The excavator with rock breaker is halt due to servicing time.
This is the first trimester report of the MHLR project since contract signing (29th October 2018) between DFID and IMC Worldwide Ltd for RAP3- Mugu Humla Link Road Project. The report covers the period of 1st November 2018 to 28th February 2019. The report summarises the information presented in the project’s monthly reports from the trimester, in particular the key achievements, results and issues experienced. It also provides additional information and data on the project that was not relevant for inclusion in the monthly reports, or which it is too onerous to collect on a monthly basis.
Whilst the project contract end date is 31st May 2020 (with provision for a one-year extension), the project work plan continues through to 31st October 2020. For time measurement purposes we are using the work plan end date, i.e. a project duration of 24 months, rather than the contract date with a project duration of only 19 months and during which it is not possible to complete the works.
The baseline plan for physical and financial results is taken from the forecast summary finalised on 14th January 2019.