A one-day Engagement Workshop has been successfully completed on 21st and 22nd August in Surkhet and 25th August in Rukum West and Jumla. The main objective of the workshop was to introduce the Maintenance and Resilience Pilot and its start-up activities to relevant stakeholders at the local level. It was also and opportunity to collect information related to understanding, initiation and preparation of Municipal Transport Master Plan (MTMP) by the municipalities. Participants including Mayors, Deputy Mayors, Chairpersons, Vice-Chairpersons, and Chief Administrative Officers from Rural/Municipalities of Surkhet, Dailekh, Jajarkot, Rukum West, Kalikot, Jumla and Mugu attended the workshop. Various queries related to the preparation of MTMP and the road maintenance activities through RMG were thoroughly discussed in an open session.
Participants were also informed about the ranges of support through the MRPC office on MTMP preparation and routine/recurrent road maintenance as well as SMG works and their execution through direct funding mechanisms of MRP. In the workshop, DCC Chief from Rukum West emphasised the importance of coordination with local levels during the implementation of any programme. Likewise, Principal Secretary of the Karnali Province highlighted the importance of road maintenance, optimum utilization of budget and the avoidance of work duplications. Issues and concerns raised by the participants were clarified by Mr. Arjun Poudel, MRP Manager, Mr. Dili Prakash Sitaula, MRP Senior Co-ordinator and Gopi Chandra Upreti, MRP Province Support Manager on behalf of RAP3 MHLR.