Motorbike test drive on new RAP3 road in Mugu
by: RAP 3      on: 30th Apr, 2018

RAP3 DTA Mugu successfully completed a Motorbike test drive to the end of Gamgadhi-Dhaina-Dhulachour District Road of Gamgadhi-Gilaha section on 29th April, 2018. Altogether 6 motorcycles (2 DTA and 4 local peoples) reached the end point at Ch. 22+750. The main objective of Motorbikes test drive is to encourage RBGs/SBGs members to speed up construction works, to give good impression of RAP3 works progress among all district stakeholders and to identify the major bottleneck for 4WD test drive of the GDDDR. Now the local people can believe that the road will be substantially completed by July 2018 and the end of Nepali fiscal year. All RBGs/SBGs, local beneficiaries and VDC level stakeholders heartily welcomed the RAP3 DTA team and local bike owners for this great achievement. The DTA thanked all beneficiaries/ stakeholders who are directly or indirectly involvement in the implementation of the RAP3 programme.

New RMG Mobilization
by: RAP 3      on: 30th Apr, 2018

DTA Dadedlhura mobilized two new Road Maintenance Groups (RMGs) each consisting of six members for Routine and Recurrent Maintenance works in Bagarkot-Shirad-Rupaligad-Rupal District Road (73DR0012).  DTA Dadeldhura organized an onsite orientation programme on 24th April 2018 before mobilizing the groups. The orientation programme was facilitated by Janak Kharel (GE). The participants were provided with a brief introduction to RAP3, its working modality, process of measurement and payments, use of PPEs, provision insurance etc. Similarly, the groups were also made aware regarding worker safety and site safety. A Safety Officer was nominated in each group and provided with safety cards and whistles.  At the end, Monthly work plans were assigned to the groups for the month of April.

Student entrepreneurs start copy book business
by: RAP 3      on: 30th Apr, 2018

Students in Dailekh have started a copy book business!!  The student members of Narayan Campus Future Entrepreneurs’ Club, which was established in partnership with RAP3 CONNECT, have started selling Narayan Campus branded copy books on campus.  Students negotiated credit with a local stationery shop, purchased copy books and added Narayan Campus branding before setting up a stall on the campus to sell their product to staff and students.   

The club expects to make 500 NPR profit that they will re-invest to scale the business.

Bikash Ko Bato
by: RAP 3      on: 30th Apr, 2018

Episode: 39  Broadcast Date: 29th April 2018          

Issue: Information and Communication Technology (ICT) and its benefits to women and girls.

Girls in ICT Day was celebrated worldwide on 26th April and to coincide with this special occasion this week 'Bikash Ko Bato' will explore the scope of ICT and the benefits for women/girls living in rural areas. According to Nepal Telecom Authority (NTA), internet penetration has crossed the 50% of total population whereas mobile sim-card access is reportedly over 100% of the country's population. However the number of women and girls using ICT is reportedly low. So, the BKB will highlight mainly the benefits of ICT sector for women/girls in this episode. To this end BKB has featured a number stories from the field and Kathmandu so that listeners can get messages about the scope and benefits of ICT sector for the betterment of their lives.

Mugu Humla Link Road event in Karnali Pradesh
by: RAP 3      on: 24th Apr, 2018

The construction of the Mugu-Humla Link Road (MHLR) under the UK’s Rural Access Programme Phase 3 (RAP3) was announced at an event organized in Surkhet on April 24, 2018. Humla is not connected by road to the rest of Karnali Province. When completed, this road will link Humla to the rest of the country, helping improve livelihoods and unlock the district’s economic potential.

Present at the event were Karnali Province Chief Minister Mahendra Bahadur Shahi, Karnali Province House Speaker Raj Bahadur Shahi, Karnali Province Infrastructure Development Minister Khadka Bahadur Khatri, Chairperson of Humla District Coordination Committee Dan Bahadur Rawat, Chairperson of Mugu DCC Purna Bahadur Rokaya, Mayor of Chhayanath-Rara Municipality Hari Jung Shahi, Chairperson of Chankheli Rural Municipality Dhana Lal Chaulagai and RAP3 Programme Coordinator Jeevan Guragain, Department for Local Infrastructure Development and Agricultural Roads.

Speaking at the event, Asia Regional Director of the UK’s Department for International Development (DFID) Richard Montgomery said, “Poor people from some of Nepal’s most isolated villages have built the Rural Access Programme’s roads. These roads belong to the local people and celebrate their efforts to truly bring progress and prosperity to the region for future generations.”

DFID Nepal’s Head of Office Rurik Marsden said, “The UK has a strong partnership with the people of Karnali Province to build rural infrastructure, to improve access to financial services, on critical climate change issues and hydropower. We look forward to a continuing strong partnership in the coming years.”

Both the Mayor and the Chairperson expressed their satisfaction that the road could be completed quickly, thereby cutting local transport costs significantly and boosting the local economy.

(Photo showing the tea house at Chankelli Pass, the highest point of MHLR)

RAP3 EBRW Tractor crosses Mugu Karnali River
by: RAP 3      on: 23rd Apr, 2018

The RAP3 Equipment Based Road Works (EBRW) Pilot is mobilising 5 excavators across the Mugu Karnali to develop an advanced operator training programme and road work guidelines.  To keep these 5 excavators running requires approximately 10,000 litres of fuel every month, equivalent to about 250 mule trips each month – or 10 mule trips per working day.  RAP3 has purchased and mobilised a Tractor with Trailer across the Mugu Karnali river to minimise the distance that the mules need to carry the fuel.  In addition to carrying fuel supplies, the tractor will be used for helping carry supplies, tools and construction materials between the river and sites, and for transporting materials, soil and rocks along the route to support mass balance of cut / fill areas, improving the management of construction spoil to minimise environmental impacts.  The tractor also forms part of the EBRW pilot itself, which will include performance analysis, training and development of best practice guidelines for using tractors to support environmentally sound road construction works.

Passenger Minibus test in SSDR
by: RAP 3      on: 23rd Apr, 2018

A transport operator has successfully introduced a passenger bus service on the Shantighat-Syuna-Sipakhana district road located at Raskot municipality, Kalikot. The road was constructed by RAP3 and had been formally handed over to Raskot municipality two and a half months ago on 31st January 2018 by the Joint Secretary of MoFALD and the Head of Office, DFID Nepal. Small vehicles have been using the road continuously since then but the transport operator is now interested to continue the passenger bus service in SSDR. This service will make transport cheaper for local residents from now onwards,

Use of Camber Boards in Humla
by: RAP 3      on: 23rd Apr, 2018

RAP3 DTA Humla has trialled a new approach for road surfacing using a Camber Board made from locally available wooden planking. The main purpose of the board is to determine the correct camber for RAP3 roads. In the photo the road has no drains so that when it rains the runoff is channelled across to the roads outer edge by the slope of the camber. As per LRN rule the outward slope of the road surface should be 5% across the roadway width of 4.5m. The board is designed in a format of right angle triangle following the Pythagoras rule and a small spirit level is indented on the upper edge of the board. If the Camber board is made properly it can be used in place of a pipe level.

Bikash Ko Bato
by: RAP 3      on: 20th Apr, 2018

Episode: 38  Broadcast Date: 22nd April 2018          

Issue: Employment opportunities created by RAP3; how the opportunities have changed the lifestyle of locals.

This week we will discuss about the employment opportunities created by RAP3. While constructing rural roads, RAP3 is also providing employment opportunities to locals of that area.  This kind of employment opportunities has helped locals to earn their livelihood. Even migrant labors have come back to their village to work in roads. Likewise, females have built up confidence in themselves while working for RAP3. This way, RAP3 has helped rural areas to be connected with roads and has also helped locals of that area to be economically and socially stable. The content of this episode will roam around this issue and male and female road workers of RAP3 will be interviewed. They will share their experience while working in road under RAP3.

Wooden Stone Carriers Trialled in Mugu
by: RAP 3      on: 18th Apr, 2018

During a TMO visit in March looking at safety issues, one of the Himalayan Medics team noticed that our workers were struggling to carry stones for the gabion boxes and explained how in Solukhumbu, in Eastern Nepal, workers there use a locally designed wooden carrier to make their work easier.  This seemed like a good idea so they described the carrier in detail to a carpenter in Gamgadhi who made three carriers to trial.  These wooden stone carriers cost just Nrs 900 and during the trials the RAP3 workers found them to be very good – it protects them from bruises, cuts and scrapes on their backs, is easier to load and unload, and is easier to carry the stones over distances.  This wooden carrier works out more cost effective than the traditional woven baskets and better for the workers than just carrying the stones directly on their backs.  Best of all RAP3 has facilitated the transfer a locally developed solution from East Nepal to the West.  The RAP3 team in Mugu are already making more of these wooden stone carriers for their road workers to use, and perhaps if we demonstrate how good they are, others in the area might also take up the idea. Photos show current practice of protecting the back with a cloth and the new wooden carriers that is designed to protects the back