Dr. Suman Baidya (Infrastructure Adviser) and Surya Rana (Programme Manager) from British Embassy Kathmandu (BEK) visited the entire Mugu Humla Link Road alignment in Mugu and Humla from 10th to 14th April 2021. The BEK team met officials of Chankheli Rural Municipality at Deuli, Ward Chairperson of Chhayanath Rara Municipality at Bama and similarly they had a meeting with Deputy Mayor and Executive officer at Chhayanath Rara Municipality office.
The team also interacted with the Road Building Groups (RBGs), Special Road Building Groups (SRBGs) and Local Road User Committee (LRUC), and road users on the road sites and observed various project field activities in the Mugu and Humla sections. Furthermore, the team also held a discussion on substantial completion of Gamgadhi-Chankheli section at Bama. Suman Baidya urged for road maintenance by Nepal Government and local communities after its handover. He also urged local communities to maximise such positive impacts and overcome the negative impacts of the road (e.g. road safety and deforestation). He expressed hope for positive changes in the road’s influence area in agriculture, tourism, health and education sectors; and requested local governments for long term plans to make it happen.
During the substantial completion and other discussions, the locals also shared the benefits they have received as a result of the road construction, such as emergency medical services, wage in transparent manner, women empowerment, significant reduction in the price of rice etc.
The COVID-19 safety protocols were strictly followed during the field trip.