Maintenance and Resilience Pilot:
Under RAP3 Implementation, a system for planning and managing the local road network was developed and successfully established. With the transition to a new Federal State, there is a need to adapt these systems to the new administrative structure and re-establish their application at province and local levels. Maintenance and Resilience Pilot (MRP) is a Component of RAP3 MHLR and implemented in 10 districts of Karnali Province. MRP is envisaged to help adapt road infrastructure management system and to support Province and local government officials to apply them. The MRP component therefore provides support to all IDOs and Provincial roads in the Province.
The MRP provides technical and management support for road maintenance to all 79 Palikas (25 Nagar Palika / Municipalities, 54 Gaun Palikas / Rural Municipalities) in Karnali Province through technical staff embedded in the Provincial Ministry of Physical Infrastructure Development (MOPID) and the four Infrastructure Development Offices located in Surkhet, Rukum West, Jumla and Humla.
MRP technical support to Provincial and Municipal Road Core Network maintenance comprises as per the following:
- Provincial Road Network (PRN) ) (878km), connecting Palika headquarters to the Province headquarter (either directly or linking it to the strategic road network, and
- Municipality Road Core Network (MRCN) (1218km), connecting ward headquarters to Palika headquarters.
Government of Nepal has secured funds for routine road maintenance works for the PRN and MRCN roads across Karnali Province through the existing federal budget line item for road maintenance for FY 2019-20. Hence the MRP technical and management support is focused on RMG road maintenance management and implementation of specific maintenance works using the project funds.
3. Component Activities
The MRP has supported the Province and local governments in the following activities:
- Technical support to MOPID and IDOs for road maintenance planning and management and build capacity of local infrastructure officers to maintain the road network;
- Introduce Annual Road Asset Management Plan (ARAMP) approach in accordance with the PTMP framework at the provincial level;
- Adapt the Continual Improvement Matrix (CIM) approach from RAP3 to measure baseline capacities and improvements in road maintenance management by government infrastructure units;
- Provide a ‘Menu of Services’ that defines the supply driven and demand driven support services available through the Component, and which provides the framework for support service delivery. The supply driven services will cover the support activities defined below; demand driven will be provided through a Support Plan aimed at tackling weaknesses identified through the CIM.
- Support to the Province and Palikas for RMG road maintenance management in PRN and MRCN
- Implement specific road maintenance works in Provincial Roads managing the DFID matching grant.
4. Maintenance Pilot Delivery Support
- Demand driven support for municipal and provincial roads maintenance pilot design and supervision
- Support to approve the draft PTMP and prepare annual plan and programme for provincial road infrastructure development based on the PTMP
- Support to Palikas prepare (Rural) Municipality Transport Master Plans (MTMP) based on guidelines already developed under RAP3, to identify the core road network for which the (Rural) Municipalities are responsible to maintain.
- Conduct post monsoon Rapid Condition Survey and prepare annual maintenance plans for PRN
- Support to establish and operate Road Maintenance Groups (RMGs) in the 5 non-RAP districts (already being established under RAP3 for the existing RAP districts) for routine maintenance on their core road network.
- Support to establish and manage Specific Maintenance Groups (SMGs) to deliver spot improvements using a community contracting approach developed and piloted under RAP3. At least one SMG to be established under each IDO as a demonstration project of this procurement method.
- Investigate the potential for introducing Term Maintenance contracts (an approach developed and piloted under RAP3 for district roads) for higher level (specific and periodic) road maintenance on the Province road core network and provide technical support as appropriate.
- On the job training and support to infrastructure officials linked to the annual road maintenance planning and management cycle (e.g. rapid condition survey, maintenance management planning, procurement, supervision and contract management), delivered by the field staff embedded in their offices.