A one-day municipal level engagement workshop has been successfully completed on 10th September in Dolpa district. This workshop was the 6th workshop of Maintenance and Resilience Pilot Component (MRPC) scheduled by RAP3 MHLR. The main objective of the workshop was to introduce the Maintenance and Resilience Pilot Component and its activities to relevant stakeholders at the local level. It was also an opportunity to collect information related to understanding, initiation and preparation of Municipal Transport Master Plans (MTMP) by the Rural/Municipalities to help identify key development issues/problems relating to municipal road networks. Deputy Mayors, Chairpersons, Vice-Chairpersons, Ward Chairpersons and Chief Administrative Officers from Rural/Municipalities of Dolpa attended the workshop. Participants raised various queries related to budget allocation, preparation of MTMP, RAP3 MHLR support to local levels and the road maintenance activities using Road Maintenance Group (RMGs) were discussed.
Participants were also informed about the range of support through the MRPC on MTMP preparation and routine/recurrent road maintenance activities. In the workshop, Vice-Mayor of Tripurasundari Municipality focused on the importance of MTMP preparation, prioritisation of roads based on clear criteria and construction of roads with well engineering design and procedures rather than relying solely on the influence of political leaders. Likewise, Chairperson of Jagdulla Rural Municipality emphasised the importance of road maintenance and the necessity for RAP3 MHLR to support the preparation of MTMPs. He added that all Palikas have to allocate budgets for road maintenance to ensure their sustainability. Mahesh Chandra Neupane, Programme Coordinator RAP3 MHLR (DoLI), emphasised awareness raising for all Palikas on the importance of MTMPs, budget allocation and road maintenance activities. Issues and concerns raised by the participants were clarified by Mahesh Chandra Neupane, Gopi Chandra Upreti, MRPC Province Support Manager and Laxman Bhakta Dahi Shrestha, Central Stakeholder Coordinator on behalf of RAP3 MHLR.