RAP3 Engineering Interns
by: RAP 3      on: 20th Nov, 2014

RAP3 has recently hired 15 new engineering interns to support the implementation of the programme at District level. The interns are all recent engineering graduates. The induction training for the interns began on Thursday the 20th of November and will run until the 2nd of December. The interns will then travel to the Districts they have been assigned to. There will be one LRN intern in each of the Districts, except for Jhapa where there will be two interns. RAP3’s internship programme is part of the Capacity Building component of the programme and aims to provide opportunities for recent engineering graduates to gain much needed practical experience. 

Road Maintenance Group (RMG) – Review
by: RAP 3      on: 14th Nov, 2014

Following 6 months of piloting RMGs on 1,500 km of District road RAP3 has conducted review of progress and the use of RMGs in DoLIDAR's programmes nationwide. The review included collection of information through detailed questionnaire, a field mission to 3 representative roads in Parbat District and culminated in a workshop in DoLIDAR. The workshop presented the findings and ideas to help DoLIDAR shape a common approach and was well attended by representatives from the main donor organisations and the key Programmes active in the field. Feedback on the initiative so far is extremely positive with road users reporting improved accessibility during the monsoon as a result.


RAP in the News
by: RAP 3      on: 5th Nov, 2014


Yesterday’s Kantipur news featured this photograph of a helicopter carrying RAP3 gabions from Mugu to Humla with the caption Transportation cost exceeds cost of construction. Although transportation costs are themselves part of the construction costs the article makes a good point.

It states “Transportation of Rural Access Programme gabion boxes by helicopter from Gamgadi, Mugu to Piplan, Humla on Monday. The gabions were transported by vehicle from Butwal to Gamgadi and then by helicopter from Gamgadi to Piplan at a cost of NPR 220/kg. Based on this rate a one-time lift by helicopter costs a total of NPR 154,000.”

This is  an important observation because the cost of airlifting gabions to Humla, which has no roads, is three times more expensive than the costs of transporting them by mule. So RAP3 decided to airlift only 15% of the gabions needed in Humla so that gabions would be in place ready for a quick start to the next construction season.

However, 85% of the gabions are to be woven on site with materials being brought in to Humla by mule, which is not only much cheaper at NPR 72/kg but also provides employment for local mule drivers and local gabion weavers once they are trained. This strategy will save RAP3 NRS 38,400,000 compared with airlifting all our gabions by helicopter.