This Road Sector Assessment Study has been prepared by the World Bank with the active involvement of the Government of Nepal, the Department for International Development (DFID), the Asian Development Bank (ADB) and the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC). The purpose of this study is to determine the current status of the road sector in Nepal, identify the main issues and roblems it is facing, and provide practical means to address them. It is the result of an extensive process of consultations with the Government of Nepal, both during the implementation of the study as well as in the review and approval of the study findings.
To date DOLIDAR’s norms and specifications for LRN were labour based only. NRSAS recommended that equipment norms be developed for the full range of infrastructure works carried out by DOLIDAR and the districts. This was completed in 2014 through assistance to DOLIDAR by RAP3.
The length of district roads under the responsibility of the District Development Committees (DDCs) has recently increased significantly with the reclassification of most village roads as class B district roads, without any corresponding increase in resources to the DDCs. Information on actual road lengths is not available due to a lack of road inventory and condition data, partly as a result of confusing and extensive data requirements.
Based on the findings of the Nepal Road Sector Assessment Study (NRSAS), DOLIDAR undertook its first Annual LRN Inventory Survey in 2012 assisted by the RTI Maintenance Pilot funded through RAP2. Subsequent publications of the document have been supported by RAP3 funding and TA. Till date DTMPs of 55 districts have been prepared/updated and the LRN Inventory also compiled on January 2015. A total of 52,883km of Rural Roads have been constructed till 2014. Of which, DRCN Roads is about 23,192km and Village Roads is 29,690km. Of the total DRCN Roads; blacktopped is 1161km (5%), gravelled 6229km (26.4%) and earthen surface is 15902km (68.6%). Likewise Village Roads consists; blacktopped 528.9km (1.8%), gravelled 6295.9km and earthen surface 22865.8km. Data reveals that a total of 7269km new DRCN roads need to be constructed to connect remaining 584 VDCs centres that have no road network access yet. Other details can be obtain from LRN Inventory 2015.
As part of the RAP district communication strategy, the weekly RAP 3 sponsored Radio Show is an important component. Titled as Road to Development, this program is driven entirely by local people and development issues that receive importance at the local level. Using a toll free number provided, local people are encouraged to express their thoughts and experiences on what's working and what's not working with the RAP program as well as other broader development issues.
On the 4th December 2015, the Nepal Engineering Council, with support from the Rural Access Programme (RAP3) and the UK’s Department for International Development (DFID), hosted a workshop on the “Introduction of Professional Engineer Title in Nepal”. This document summarises the proceedings, outcomes, and conclusions of the workshop.
This briefing paper summarises the mechanism for managing the continual improvement (CI) process on RAP3. The overall process for CI Management is summarised in the diagram below, which is explained further in the remainder of this paper.
This strategy document sets out our approach to improving both internal and external communications at district level. Effective district level communications activities will work to build awareness of RAP 3’s identity, values, activities and progress. This will boost public and government support for and trust in RAP 3’s operations and enhance its impact.
A quick and easy guide to what RAP3 is all about.