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.