Bio-engineering work has been completed from Rugha upto Darke Khola in an area of 13,120 square metres where full widening along the Mugu Humla Link Road section was completed. Bio-engineering techniques like brush layering using branches of local plant species, covering 1433 running metre has been adopted. Similarly, 80kg of Ryegrass seed was sown at cut-and-fill slope area. Also, in order to stabilize fresh soil cut-and-fill slopes, 8 kg of millet was broadcast. The purpose of bio engineering work is to improve slope stability and prevent erosion of cut and fill slopes along the MHLR alignment.
Maintenance and Resilience Pilot (MRP) provides technical and management support for road maintenance in Karnali Province. As part of the support, gabion boxes, GI wire, construction tools and safety gear that were procured and stored at RAP3 MHLR Regional office, Nepalgunj. These items will be delivered to various location throughout Karnali Province for use in maintenance work on the Provincial Road Network (PRN) and Municipal Road Core Network (MRCN). The project will support both routine and specific maintenance works across the province this fiscal year, building on the work initiated under RAP3 Implementation.
As almost 50% of RBGs working on RAP3 MHLR are women, menstrual hygiene is an issue that needs to be addressed. RAP3 MHLR in coordination with PHASE Nepal conducted an orientation programme on menstrual hygiene for four Road Building Groups- Kureli, Balmandir, Ratapani, and Chandanath on 2nd August 2019 at Darkey khola, Mugu. 31 women participated in the orientation programme. Unsafe practices regarding menstruation still continue in various parts of Mugu area and the aim of this orientation programme is to ensure that women of the RBGs have all the right information on menstruation hygiene.
The 4 km improvement section of MHLR was completed in June. The improvement section runs from near the Red Cross building in Gamgadhi to the Mugu Karnali River. Since then, monsoon rain has caused some damage. In the coming months, the relevant authorities will take over responsibility for the maintenance of the road, but it is important that maintenance is carried out regularly to increase the life of the road, especially during the monsoon season. For this reason, RAP3 MHLR has mobilised a Road Maintenance Group comprising 10 members including 5 women. A one-day orientation was organised for these members to inform them about the major objectives and importance of maintaining roads on regular basis and also their specific duties and procedures to be followed while working on the site.
A nationally recognised wilderness first aid training that trains participants to respond to emergencies in remote areas like Mugu where access to medical care and communication is unreliable, was conducted in Gamgadhi Mugu from 5th to 9th August 2019. The first aid training was given to all the field staff. RAP3 MHLR is committed to the health and safety of all our employees and we have health and safety policies and procedures to guide employees to work safely and prevent injury, to themselves and others. There is a risk of accidents in construction sites which is aggravated by limited access to medical care in Mugu and Humla. Therefore, the aim of providing this training to our staff is to ensure that their first aid skills could be helpful for saving victim/s life until medical service is available.
The training was divided into three different sessions: 21 members engaged in a 3-day full first aid training, 27 members engaged in a one-day basic first aid awareness training, and 13 members who had previously attended 20 hours wilderness first aid training were given a one-day first aid refresher training. All the staff involved in the training passed their practical and written test and received certificate and ID card from Himalayan Medics.
Maintenance and Resilience Pilot (MRP) has been launched under RAP3 MHLR as a separate component from July 2019. MRP aims to strengthen capacity of provincial and local level governments for maintenance of roads under their jurisdictions, and support implementation of Provincial Transport Master Plan (PTMP) and preparation of Municipal Transport Master Plan (MTMP) in all 10 districts of Karnali Province. In order to execute field activities in a systematic manner, the MRP component organised a two-day induction workshop at Kathmandu office from 16-17 July 2019.
All field and Kathmandu based staff attended the workshop. The main objective of the workshop was to orient all staffs regarding the implementation modality of maintenance components including preparation of cluster wise annual plan, an exercise on the preparation of MTMP, and clarity on admin and finance-related matters. The induction workshop has been beneficial to initiate MRP activities in the field.
As per the EIA agreement, tree cutting in the Mugu section is completed within the MHLR road corridor. The project field team has successfully collected all the tree logs that were felled and stacked at different 13 locations of Chankheli Community forest, Mugu. In the presence of Mugu Divisional Forest Officer, ward chairperson of Rara Chhayanath Municipality, civil society, political parties and local people of Bama, the project field team has handed over all tree logs and firewood to Chankheli Community Forest Users on 23rd July 2019. All the logs, firewood and its management now will be the responsibility of the community forest and should be used only with the approval of the Divisional Forest Office (DFO).
The Mugu DFO has also provided the letter of appreciation to RAP3 MHLR for successfully executing all the tasks and responsibilities in time. We would like to express our sincere thanks to all the concerned teams and authorities for their regular assistance and support to deliver our work effectively.
Suman Baidya and Surya Rana from the UK Department for International Development (DFID), Indra Tamata from DFID-Project Coherence Unit, and Shristi Bhattarai from Ministry of Federal Affairs and General Administration/Department of Local Infrastructure were in Dailekh and Kalikot as part of DFID annual review of RAP3 from 7th July to 10th July 2019. The team met two municipalities, Chamunda Bindrasaini in Dailekh and Raskot in Kalikot along with Mayors, deputy mayors, and chief executive officers to review RAP3 sustainability, progress, issues and challenges related to road construction and maintenance under RAP3. The municipal authorities expressed their interest in RAP approach, project working modality and appreciated our transparent system, quality control system and employment opportunities maintained and created by the project. The team also interacted with RMGs in Guranse-Patikanla and Mathillo Dungeswor – Dandaparajul at Dailekh and Sannighat – Sipkhana at Kalikot and observed the roads built and maintained under RAP. Furthermore, the team has also experienced that after the GoN took over the RMG work, there has been delay in supply of required safety gears/tools.
The overall field visit went well and the team got an opportunity to observe the stakeholders’ perceptions towards RAP support. The team- Gopi Chandra Upreti from Kathmandu, Damodar Khanal from Surkhet and Binod Yadav from Jumla had attended the annual review visit from RAP3 side.
The total road length of MHLR connecting Humla to the rest of the country via Mugu is 67km of which 4km is an improvement of the existing road and 63km is new construction. The structures work on the 4km improvement section has now been completed. This improvement work is at the very start of our project in Gamgadhi, nearby the Red Cross building, and ends at the Mugu Karnali River.
First designed in 1999, the Rural Access Programme (RAP) has been implemented continuously since 2001 and is a bi-lateral programme between the Government of Nepal (GoN) and the UK government’s Department for International Development (DFID). The programme is funded with grant assistance provided by UK Aid. The objective of RAP was to increase the economic opportunities available to the poorest and most vulnerable people in the remotest districts of Nepal. RAP provided employment for the poor to maintain and upgrade existing roads, construct new rural roads and upgrade socio and economic development where these were lacking. Implementation of the current RAP3 Implementation phase was started in 2013 which lasted until June 2019. Under its third phase, RAP’s Implementation focus was on the mid and far west of Nepal to address the low levels of road access in places with the highest levels of poverty, extreme remoteness, and lack of services and opportunities. RAP3 Implementation support included new road construction in four districts (Mugu, Humla, Kalikot and Bajura) and technical support for road maintenance in 10 districts in Nepal (including Jumla and Dailekh in the Karnali Province).
The second round of Professional Engineer P.Eng. (Nepal) title for senior Experience Route Engineers’ has been awarded to 28 qualified engineers who have achieved eligible milestones in academic excellence and sufficient professional experience Organised by Nepal Engineering Council (NEC) on 21st June 2019.
On the occasion of International Women in Engineering Day (IWED), Nepal Engineering Association (NEA) with the support of UNOPs and other organisations, including RAP3 MHLR, organised an event.
Program: Bikash ko Bato
Episode: 48 Broadcast: 14, 15 and 16 July 2019
In this episode, we will discuss the efforts of dalit female local representatives to ensure that they continue to develop dalit female status in at all local levels. The local level elections held in 2074 provide opportunities for dalit female representatives to gain power at various local levels of Karnali and Sudurpaschim province of Nepal and to raise their voice and for dalits rights. We hear from a few of these women about they specifically have been doing in their area.
It’s full steam ahead for the initial track opening of the 63 kilometres new road construction , which will become the road stretching from Gamgadhi town in Chhayanath Rara Municipality (Mugu district) and Deuli village (Darma) in Chankheli Rural Municipality (Humla district).
As of 30th June 2019 the IMC RAP3 implementation contract with DFID has ended after six years and one month. In its Project Completion Report the overall weighted score for RAP3 performance is 103%, or the equivalent of an A+ in DFID’s conventional scoring system.