RAP3 Implementation Contract Closes
by: RAP 3      on: 1st Jul, 2019

As of 30th June 2019 the IMC RAP3 implementation contract with DFID has ended after six years and one month. In its Project Completion Report the overall weighted score for RAP3 performance is 103%, or the equivalent of an A+ in DFID’s conventional scoring system. The Rural Access Programme has been supported continuously by UKaid since 1999 and a new maintenance component has been added to RAP3 MHLR to provide continuous support to GON and its efforts to establish road maintenance.

Major RAP3 achievements have included:

  • a spend of GBP 47.28 million of which 75% were wages to the poor; (NRS 6.62 billion );
  • Ninety seven kilometres of Labour Based Roads Built;
  • Twenty two kilometres of Roads Improved;
  • 2,250 km of Roads Maintained for five years;
  • 94 Trail Bridges built;
  • 5.5 million Employment Days generated, some 40% for women;
  • DTMPs – DRCN for the whole of Nepal;
  • 17,800 Training Days;
  • Matching investment from the Private Sector;
  • Funding of Routine Maintenance Groups by GON in 2019/20;
  • 70% increase in local Asset Management Capacity;
  • establishment of P ENG qualification in Nepal linked to a
  • Graduate and Intern Programme for over 100 people.
  • Setting up the Mugu Humla Link Road project.

RAP Awards:

  • British Expertise 2019 – International Development Non Physical Project Award
  • ACE Consulting and Engineering Awards 2018 – Social Impact Champion of the Year Award
  • ACE Consulting and Engineering Awards 2017 - Collaboration Champion
  • Winner of the Institution of Civil Engineers George Stephenson Medal 2017
  • Winner of the Institution of Civil Engineers Edmund Hambly Medal 2014
  • Winner of the ACE Awards 2014.
  • Winner of the British Expertise International Development Project Award 2014.
  • Winner of the ACE Centenary Awards 2013.
  • International Road Federation Global Achievement Award for Advocacy 2009 (RAP2)
Pabita Bista attended the ACE Apprentice of the Year Award Ceremony
by: RAP 3      on: 27th Jun, 2019

Pabita Bista from Jumla working as Junior Technical Supervisor at Rural Access Programme 3 (RAP3) travelled to the London on 2nd June 2019 to attend The Association for Consultancy and Engineering (ACE) Apprentice of the Year Award Ceremony that was held on 6th June 2019 at the Royal Lancaster Hotel, London. She was shortlisted by ACE for the Apprentice of the year award 2019. Pabita studied a Diploma in Civil Engineering from Karnali Technical School, Jumla and was the first female to achieve a diploma in her community.

In the remote district of Nepal, women still have little voice to decide for their own future and Pabita Bista expressed how motivating it was to be a nominee for the ACE award. RAP3 team would like to congratulate Pabita Bista with her achievement and we hope that she keeps on creating a more prosperous stories to encourage rural women in her area.

Ropeway: An Alternative Means of Transportation
by: RAP 3      on: 27th Jun, 2019

The fast-flowing Mugu Karnali River during monsoon season impedes the movement of goods and people. Crossing the river has always been a major challenge and similarly with the rise in water level this year too, the project faced the challenge of getting the goods and materials across. This time, we have agreed with Mr. Padam Sejuwal, a resident of Chayanath Rara Municipality to have use of his private ropeway to cross the project goods. An ingenious way of crossing the river, that when compared to the distance of transporting goods through mules, the MHLR field team has the ropeway makes transportation easier and faster. It also means a number of bulky items that would not be possible to transport on mules is also able to be transported across the river in under 10 minutes!

RAP3 MHLR opened 46-km track up to Satthaple
by: RAP 3      on: 27th Jun, 2019

It’s full steam ahead for the  initial track opening of the 63 kilometres new road construction , which will become the road stretching from Gamgadhi town in Chhayanath Rara Municipality (Mugu district) and Deuli village (Darma) in Chankheli Rural Municipality (Humla district). Currently, the track opening has already reached up to 46km at Satthaple and it is hoped that it will reach up to Melchyam by the end of June 2019. 23 SRBGs which were formed from the Humla side will be mobilised at different locations from Chankheli pass to Melchayam and will be responsible for turning the track into a fully functioning road. The progress on the track opening has made the people of this region happy and hopeful for the future.

RAP3 MHLR: preparing for this year’s monsoon
by: RAP 3      on: 27th Jun, 2019

As heavy rains and strong monsoon approaches, it is likely that the Karnali Highway will be blocked due to landslides. Considering the likely disruption to construction work during monsoon, the RAP3 MHLR team is ensuring there is adequate fuel, materials and equipment to keep operating until the end of the monsoon and the highway reopens.  For this, the project field officer is storing at least 1,15,000.00 litres of fuel at different field stores in which 90,000 litres is already in stock and the remaining 25,000 litres will reach in a couple of weeks.  The central procurement team is also procuring enough construction materials and tools, gabion boxes/geotextile, and safety gumboots. We hope that the project work will not be affected by this year’s monsoon by this proactive planning approach and will not stop this progress of this project from achieving our targeted goals.

Women hold up more than half the sky
by: RAP 3      on: 19th Jun, 2019

A lovely report on the progress and achievements of RAP3 MHLR project was published in the Nepali Times on 14th June, including several quotes from local beneficiaries describing how happy they are with the project.  The report is definitely worth a read and makes the RAP team feel proud of what they are doing.

 Women hold up more than half the sky

The report does, however, contain a number of factual errors.  The correct facts are:

  • Total road length of MHLR is 67km, of which 4km is improvement of existing road and 63km is new construction
  • The minimum road width is 4.5m, with widening in places for structures and vehicle passing places, in accordance with the Nepal Rural Road Design Standards.
  • Whilst the local Road Building Groups (RBGs) in the Darke area do comprise up to 52% women, the current average along the road is 48%.   In addition, we have Special Road Building Groups in which we have approximately 30% women, bringing the current overall average to 42%.
  • The district daily wage rate in Mugu district is Nrs 630.  The highest wage rate earned by RBGs on RAP3 MHLR is Nrs 653.
  • The earlier phases of RAP, including the Hile Bhojpur Feeder Road, continued throughout the conflict period despite the challenges this brought – something the RAP team are very proud of. 
  • New road construction in the remote mountain districts in Karnali region began in 2014.
ACE Emerging Professional of the Year Winner
by: RAP 3      on: 11th Jun, 2019

Every year, the Association for Consultancy and Engineering (ACE) celebrates the best the industry has to offer. This year, leading professionals from the consultancy and engineering industry gathered at the Royal Lancaster Hotel in London on Thursday 6 June 2019 for the announcement of the winners of this year’s Awards edition across 11 categories. IMC’s Philippa Jefferis won the emerging Professional of the Year Award. She is based in Kathmandu working on the Mugu Humla Link Road project, part of the UK Aid sponsored Rural Access Programme in Nepal which started in 1999 and has been managed by IMC Worldwide since then. Big congratulations all round from the RAPPERS and the Whats New team.

NCCSP 1TE / RAP3 Collaboration Draws to a Close
by: RAP 3      on: 11th Jun, 2019

RAP3 partnered with the Nepal Climate Change Support Programme (Phase 1- Transition Extension) to provide technical advice and support to Programme and Palika staff in mutually overlapping geographical and technical areas of expertise. The collaboration lasted from September 2018 through to June 2019 and provided assistance in the design of interventions and training for enhanced delivery. The results were tangible improvements in sufficiency of design, worker safety and supervision techniques.

Orientation programme to chainsaw operators
by: RAP 3      on: 10th Jun, 2019

RAP3 MHLR project field team organised an orientation programme to 4 groups (21 members) of chainsaw operators on 20th May 2019 at Chankheli Pass, Mugu. Several videos were shown to provide them general tips when using a chainsaw for felling large trees. Chainsaws can potentially be very dangerous machines that can cause fatal or major injuries if not used correctly. Therefore, the project wants our operators to be competent in using a chainsaw for the work they are to carry out. The videos briefed them about the appropriate techniques and safety guidelines when using a chainsaw as well as introducing different parts of chain saw, repair and maintenance techniques, and the methods to clean and sharpen the device. They are required to check all required supplies, equipment and safety gear daily before starting work.

Leg sleeve aprons distributed to RAP3 MHLR workers
by: RAP 3      on: 10th Jun, 2019

RAP3 MHLR has recently distributed 4 sets of leg sleeve aprons to each Road Building Group of Rugha, Luma, Bama, and Panidhara (Darke) in order to improve workplace safety for our RBGs. These safety items help to minimise common causes of injuries when cutting stone. Splinters from breaking rock pieces can sometimes hit the body from the impact of a hammer and chisel resulting in injury. Our RBGs have tested wearing leg sleeve aprons to cut stone in the field and shared that such safety gear helps to protect the body from fly-stone and scratches. According to MHLR rules, RBGs working in the site must use all the activity specific safety equipment provided by the project.