Bikash Ko Bato
by: RAP 3      on: 28th Sep, 2018

Episode: 18/07                                         Broadcast Date: 30th September 2018

Issue: Workers Safety (with reference to RAP3)

This week Bikash ko bato will discuss about workers’ safety on construction sites. There are many workers involved in different dangerous construction related works but few have access to safety measures while working, despite workers this issue being included in the Muluki Ain 2074, Labor Act 2074 and Labor Regulations 2075. A lack of safety measures in the construction sector greatly increases the risk of fatalities and injuries while working on different developmental works assigned by local government. This issue requires serious attention of contractors, workers and concerned authorities working together. This episode will discuss about the importance of workers safety with reference to the safety measures applied by RAP3 construction works where fatality rates are similar to the construction sectors in countries such as the USA.

Rapid Condition Survey nearing completion
by: RAP 3      on: 28th Sep, 2018

Rapid Condition Survey started by RAP3 DTA, Bajura from 20th September is nearing completion. As a part of the technical transfer programme and helping R/M in planning Annual Road Asset Management plan, Graduate Engineers along with the concerned Engineers from Municipalities and Rural municipalities conducted the RCS survey on their respective DRCN. Further, to enhance the capacity of R/M in asset management planning, the DTA team will assist in the preparation of the ARAMP and share the findings with the R/M. This would help local authorities to allocate budget for emergency maintenance and other maintenance interventions. There are 15 DRCN roads at Bajura and most of them have been badly damaged by the monsoon rain and require heavy emergency maintenance to make them vehicle pliable.

RMG remobilized in DRCN roads
by: RAP 3      on: 28th Sep, 2018

RAP3 DTA Dailekh remobilized all RMGs from 17th September 2018 (1 Asoj 2075). A work plan was provided to RMG by site in-charge as instructed by RTL coordinating with respective R/Municipality Technical Focal Person. 21 RMGs working on 16 DRCN roads have been instructed to work efficiently before the end of the month. Heavy damage to the road by traffic and monsoon rain has been detected. To open the road efficiently for Dashain festival, RAP3 TMO allocated budget for one month (Asoj 2075) to all RMGs to that the hands on training of Palika staff can be completed ahead of the arrival of GON funds. It also allows roads to be cleared ahead of the Dashain festival. Coordination between province and DCC for GoN fund transfer to the district for RMG work is ongoing.  

DFID hear it first hand
by: RAP 3      on: 26th Sep, 2018

The DFID team engaged with local leaders and community members at all levels during their journey, through a combination of formal district, municipality and ward level meetings, and through informal meetings with programme beneficiaries and members of the public they met along the way.  For RAP3, these discussions demonstrated local people’s appreciation of RAP3, in particular it’s transparency, equal pay policy, and quality of work (despite significant monsoon damage having occurred this year).  They also discussed the impacts of RAP3 on local people including the future for mule drivers currently transporting goods along the MHLR.  

The DFID team was accompanied by the MHLR TL and DTL – Kirsteen Merrilees and Ram Thapaliya, with other RAP3 staff joining in different sections and facilitating their whole journey.

The trip was very successful in enabling DFID Nepal to gain a better understanding of the challenges facing local governments, communities and programmes working in the area in delivering quality infrastructure, facilities and services. 

DFID Walk MHLR alignment
by: RAP 3      on: 26th Sep, 2018

A team from DFID Nepal comprising Head of Office Rurik Marsden, Inclusive Growth and Resilience (IGRT) Team Leader Simon Lucas, Infrastructure Advisor (IGRT) Suman Baidya, Senior Programme Manager (IGRT) Pratima Ranjit, and Programme Officer Kamlesh Yadav, visited a number of Rural Municipalities between Simkot (Humla) and Gamgadhi in Rara Chhayanath Municipality (Mugu).

On their way they inspected examples of rural infrastructure constructed under the Nepal Climate Change Support Programme (NCCSP) funded by DFID and implemented by UNDP, the Community Development Programme (CDP) funded by DFID and implemented by RRN, and the RAP3 Sallisalla-Darma road.  They also walked along the MHLR corridor from Deuli (Darma) to Bama followed by a ride in the RAP3 tractor trailer from Bama to Rugha village, before walking up to Gamgadhi.

GIS/GPS Training started in Surkhet
by: RAP 3      on: 26th Sep, 2018

As part of RAP3’s support to federalization in Karnali Provence, GIS/GPS training is being delivered to technical personnel of non-RAP districts, starting from 23rd September 2018 in Surkhet. A total of 25/25 participants from Sukhet, Jajarkot, Rukum (West) and Ministry of Physical Infrastructure Development (MoPID), Surkhet are attending the training. This will allow the road network maps of the province to be updated. Then a Karnali Provincial Transport Master Plan (PTMP) and PTMP Guidelines for other Provinces can be developed. The opening session was chaired/inaugurated by the Chief Engineer of MoPID, Surkhet Mr. Kamal Kumar Adhikari. Others present included DoLI RAP3/PC Jeewan Guragain, DPM Dilli Prakash Sitaula (DPS), CAME Laxman Bhakta Dahi Shrestha (LBDS), IT Manager Deo Narayan Yadav from RAP3 TMO and members of other RAP3 district teams.

Excavator Operator Training – a first for RAP3
by: RAP 3      on: 26th Sep, 2018

The EBRW Pilot’s one month basic Excavator Operator training is under way in Bama, Rara Chhayanath Nagar Palika.  The training delivers the full CTEVT curriculum for excavator operators over 31 days.  The training started on 2nd September and will end on 5th October.  The training is being delivered with the support of Alliance Nepal and Surkhet’s Institute of Enterprise Development (IED).  Participants will undergo an internal assessment before sitting the National Skills Testing Board (NSTB) Level 1 examination on 6-8 October.  The NSTB skills testing is being facilitated by Citizen Technical School (CTS) of Nepalgunj.  It is our understanding that this will be the first time that the full CTEVT Curriculum training will have been delivered and NSTB skills testing carried out.

Women Participate in Excavator Training
by: RAP 3      on: 26th Sep, 2018

There are a total of 30 participants selected from the old Karnali districts of Mugu, Humla, Kalikot, Jumla and Dolpa.  The training includes theory knowledge of excavators and excavation works, supported by daily practical training and experience.  The existing EBRW Pilot operators are supporting the training team as well as participating in the training themselves.  Two places were especially reserved for women from Humla and Mugu.  Half way through the training we are pleased to hear that the two women are doing well, with one of them coming top of the class so far.  The DFID Nepal team were able to observe the practical training and talk with some of the participants on their way.

Benefits of Excavator Training
by: RAP 3      on: 26th Sep, 2018

Three excavators from the EBRW Pilot are being used for the practical training, using the sports field of Nafa, Bama.  After the training, EBRW Pilot will flatten, compact and expand the size of the old sports field, improving it for the local community.

The participants that pass the NSTB examination will be eligible to obtain an excavator operator’s licence and to gain employment as operators on other construction projects.  RAP3 MHLR will provide on the job training for some of the successful participants, with a view to delivering advance training and Level 2 NSTB examinations in the future.

KUSOM students arrive in Dailekh and Achham to complete rural enterprise service
by: RAP 3      on: 25th Sep, 2018

Eight MBA students from Kathmandu University School of Management (KUSOM) have travelled to the Mid and Far West of Nepal to complete their three week Rural Enterprise Service (RES) placecments, facilitated by RAP3 CONNECT. The students will work with eight businesses in two districts, Dailekh and Achham, providing business consultancy services tailored to each business' needs.  

KUSOM MBA students are required to complete a three week RES placement as part of their MBA course.  This is the third batch of students to complete their RES placements with CONNECT.  To date, 25 businesses have received support from 22 students.  CONNECT identifies businesses and, in collaboration with KUSOM, matches the students to each business based on needs and students' areas of specialism or interest.