Satya Lal Yadav
by: RAP 3      on: 26th Sep, 2016

It is with deep regret that we announce the sudden death of one of our Inspectors of Works in Morang, IOW Satya Lal Yadav. He was taken ill on Saturday and died yesterday Sunday, 25th September, 2016. Reports reaching TMO here in Kathmandu say that he was admitted to BP memorial hospital, Dharan and later referred to Noble Hospital, Biratnagar which has an ICU facility. It has also been also reported that the family and relatives have taken the body for funerary customs. Satya’s is the first staff death on RAP in 17 years of operation. May he rest in peace.

LRUC Public Audit
by: RAP 3      on: 26th Sep, 2016

On 17th - 21st September 2016, LRUC level public audit was organized on two LRUCs: Selifal and Badimalika of Maure-Kailashmandu-Badimalika district road and three LRUCs: Maure-Toli, Dhawalpuri and Chhatara of Maure -Toli-Chhatara district road of Bajura district. Interim Payment Certificate (IPC) from 4 - 6 ( FY 2072/073) for RBGs/SBGs wages payment made between May to July 2016 were audited.  Representatives from DDC/VDC, DTA, LNGO, local political parties, LRCC, LRUC, journalists from local radio station and about 75% of RGs/SBGs members were participated. The queries raised by the participants were answered by RAP3 DTA. LRUC level public audits in Maure-Toli and Dhalwalpuri were monitored by internal auditors Dasarath Moktan and Tika Chandra Maden from RAP3, TMO.

Training on Rapid Condition Survey
by: RAP 3      on: 26th Sep, 2016

RAP3, DTA Bajura conducted a training on Rapid Condition Survey in Martadi, Bajura on 13th September 2016 to DDC/DTO and DTA staff. The programme was chaired by LDO, Arjun Prasad Subedi. DDC/DTO staff were well oriented for RCS, which has been scheduled from 15th September 2016 onward.  All formats attached in ARAMP guideline for Rapid Condition Survey were thoroughly described

100 “Hamri Didis“ Graduate
by: RAP 3      on: 22nd Sep, 2016

In the Mid and Far West of Nepal, women account for more than 50% of the population and also head over 70% of households. Yet, they are poorly represented on the entrepreneurial landscape. Three organisations from the development, banking and private sectors have partnered to launch a programme aimed at enabling 100 high-potential women in the Mid and Far Western Development Regions of Nepal to set up small businesses. RAP3 CONNECT hopes to foster women’s entrepreneurship by working with private sector partners such as Unilever Nepal Limited and Prabhu Bank Limited.

Annual LRN Course Results for 2016
by: RAP 3      on: 20th Sep, 2016

The pass mark for this year was 60% (50% for those sitting the exam for the first time) and 80% for distinction. Opened by the DG DOLIDAR Ram Krishna Sapkota and closed by Programme Coordinator DOLIDAR Mohan Raj Chapagain the top score went to IOW Parsuram Shrestha who is now Engineering Officer in Achham and 3 distinctions were awarded. Two resits were required and 5 DDC engineers chose to sit the assessment as well.

This year an advanced LRN course was held for those awarded distinction last year. The advanced course explored current LRN issues and brainstormed possible solutions but participants still had to sit the assessment. Joint first place went to Hom Nath Lamsal (again) and Manoj Baral (Engineering Officer Dailekh) with 96% each with 13 distinctions being won. Dhokaima Café did a great job and was much appreciated, the food in particular while the The Himalaya Hotel graciously allowed us to survey their lawn on the final day of the course.

RMGs Keeping Roads Open
by: RAP 3      on: 20th Sep, 2016

RAP has been collecting road open data since February 2016 from ten maintenance districts where RMGs are mobilised to maintain DRCNs. Districts fill a standard format for and send the data within the first week of each month to LRN team. Collection of information is done done with the help of RMGs and verified during each weekly visits by supervisors. The data to the left shows the impact of the Monsoon. It can be seen that due to heavy rainfall after May, various DRCNs were blocked in June and July with overall (-15.2 %) of downfall in actual km.days open. In Aug, a small recovery (+0.8%) was observed after the slowdown of monsoon for this year. As the monsoon slows down figurers will return to the high 90%.  Even in extreme rainfall, RAP has been able to keep open as much as 83.4% of the 2215km of DRCN maintained by RMGs.

DFID Annual Review visits RMGs on Morang
by: RAP 3      on: 20th Sep, 2016

The Team visited two DRCNs maintained by RMGs and a package under Improvement contract. They had discussion with RMG members at field about the routine and minor recurrent works under their contracts, and acquired information that such employment opportunities have created earnings for sending their children to school, purchase stationaries for them, groceries for the family, etc. These RMG members in Bhaudaha-Nayabazaar Road (05DR012) & Naya Bazaar-Thalaha Road (05DR013) Corridor are from the dalit communities and headed by woman. They are encouraged to do other works of skilled nature if they get any learning opportunities in the nearby road corridors. DTL Harihar Bhandari shared Road Open Data of Aug 2016 which depicts that DRCNs are pliable in more than 89% road lengths in compare to the total RMGs’ worked length due to continuous (routine/recurrent) care of such RMG members.  In Morang there are total 28 DRCNs of which 26 are looked after by RMGs whose working length is around 350km.

DFID Annual Review in Morang
by: RAP 3      on: 12th Sep, 2016

DFID Annual Review was conducted in conjunction with DoLIDAR in Morang during 4th & 5th of September 2016. The visit team comprised of Project Coordinator Mr. Mohan Chapagain from DoLIDAR and EDT Team Leader Mr. Gareth Weir and Infrastructure Advisor Dr. Suman Baidya from the DFID-Nepal.

In a Meeting with DDC & DTO, LDO Narayan Prasad Mainali and Act. DTO Chief Ghanashyam Dahal jointly acknowledged that RAP3 Team have made significant input in bringing down the contractors/ suppliers under Quality Control mechanism proving that maintenance interventions’ quality throughout the district are compared with RAP3 implemented packages, putting our works as a “Benchmark” of its type. The major credit is always due to our adherence towards the provision of respected Specifications of DoLIDAR, DoR, ORN, etc. whichever are applicable.

CPD Training in Dadeldhura
by: RAP 3      on: 8th Sep, 2016

RAP3, DTA Dadeldhura conducted training on Quality Control, Rapid Condition Survey (RCS) & Bio engineering from 2nd to 4th September 2016 to DDC, DTO and SC staff for their Continual Professional Development (CPD). The programme was chaired by LDO, Purusottam Dhakal. The trainers were Resident Engineer of Supervison Consultant, Pushpa Raj Joshi and RAP Graduate Engineer, Avishek Shrestha. DTO staff  were well oriented for RCS, which has been scheduled from 5th  September 2016 onwards.

RAP3 Senior Technical Management Course Launched
by: RAP 3      on: 8th Sep, 2016

For the last three years RAP3 has held annual compulsory LRN training for all RAP3 and Support Consultant engineers as well as DTO representatives from 14 RAP. For those who have demonstrated in-depth knowledge of the Standard LRN Course and have been awarded distinctions (80% or higher score, it was felt that, while they must still sit and pass the annual examination, a more advanced course would be appropriate and provide informed debate about LRN issues such as how to control escalating wage costs, streamline procurement improve forecasting and the like. With this consideration, the Senior Technical Management course was designed for distinction holders from last year’s Standard LRN course, including DTLs, Auditors and Managers. There were 24 participants in the training, who also successfully sat the LRN test. The course covered various disciplines like planning, procurement, environment, MS project, professional accreditation, piloting SMG, road safety, use of survey equipment and many others.