Specific Maintenance Groups (SMG) Implementation Guideline

The approach of Specific Maintenance Groups (SMGs) was introduced by RAP3 in 2016 as a new and alternative method for undertaking Specific Maintenance; repairs to localised access bottlenecks ('critical sections' or repairs following emergency incidents) on the Local Road Network (LRN). Typically where the works are relatively straightforward they were traditionally performed through Users Committees (UCs). However the use of UCs had become beset with the problems including:

  • Tendencies to subcontract their labour-based earnings by hiring machinery or other sub-contractors.
  • Tendencies to procure their own materials and supplies with resulting quality and transparency issues.
  • Selection of UC members was often poorly controlled resulting in political nominations and artificial name lists.
  • Numbers of workers were often grossly excessive resulting in a workforce that was not competent (untrained), ill-equipped (not enough gear to go around) and poorly managed.

Road Maintenance Group (RMG) Guidelines

These  guidelines  describe  the  process  of creating  and  contracting  Road  Maintenance Groups  (RMGs) for  the  maintenance  of  the  District  Road  Core  Network  (DRCN) in  Nepal.  The  DRCN is  the  set  of main  rural  roads  providing  access to  all  Village Development  Committees  (VDCs), and  its maintenance  is the  responsibility  of the  District Development  Committee  (DDC).

LRN Road Safety Assessment Guidelines

The Nepal Road Sector Assessment Study found that the rate of road fatalities (per 100,000 inhabitants per year) has risen to 17.1, compared to Cambodia 12.3, Malaysia 3.5 Australia 1.0 and the United Kingdom 0.7. The study also confirms that the rate of accidents is now increasing by over 25% each year. RAP is helping to pioneer road safety assessment as part of the annual road condition surveys that are used to determine maintenance works which should allow road safety engineering responses to be funded through district maintenance budget.

ARAMP Guidelines

These are related to the 5 year DTMPs but cover the period of one year only. These are derived from both the DTMP and the annual road condition surveys conducted by the districts to determine the LRN works programme for a given year using various sources of funding including that of programmes such as RAP.

Orientation Brochure for District Stakeholders

The purpose of this brochure is to provide an overview of the Rural Access Programme Phase 3 (RAP3). It describes the objective, core principles, programme areas, programme components and implementation arrangements. The target audience of the brochure are the stakeholders who are related with RAP3 implementation in general and the DDC and DTO officials in particular.