Output 1. Community Development and Rural Livelihood Restoration
Progress: Total of 1,288 nos. of community orientation/awareness raising activities have been conducted with the participation of 41,384 participants (M/F- 22,071/18,388 DAG- 13,220; D/E-10,781) at district and local community level in sub-project area where various stakeholders are participating in the districts during the planning, implementation stage. It is expected that it will be continued during the implementation stage with increased participation of women and ethnic group.
In 16 districts, about 1,231 BGs (total member- 27,171) have been formed with about 38% women members and in other districts the formation process is ongoing. In all district one day orientation/training conducted to BG leader & co-leader. Till now 5,003 person days of leaders & co-leaders have been trained.
Building Group members have been paid about NRs 680.86 million in Taplejung, Solukhumbu, Okhaldhunga, Ramechhap, Lamjung, Myagdi, Jajarkot, Bajhang, Bajura, Jumla, Humla, Mugu, Dolpa, Kalikot, Baitadi and Darchula as a wages for the road construction work.
Community consultation program to inform local people in the districts about DRILP modalities & implementation is ongoing and slowly increasing the participation of women and poor ones in community meetings. Till now 47,465 HHs have participated in such community consultation meetings.
1,615 orientation/trainings (total participants 52,021) are conducted to DRCC/VWRCC/ BGs/DDCs/ DTOs, communities in planning, implementation & monitoring of the main subprojects & supplementary investments in ZOI.
Out of 1,080 BGs in 24 sub-projects, ten sub-project (Solu., Okhaldhunga, Ramechhap, Myagdi, Jajarkot, Bajhang, Bajura, Kalikot, Jumla & Baitadi) have formed Saving & Credit group. Total Saving Credit BGs groups are about 826 nos. All BG members are collecting saving fund from each running bill and saving amount is about NRs. 10,747,446 up to reporting period.
Out of 409 SIS demand collected, conducted survey, design and estimate of about 279 SIS schemes of first road sub-project in 18 districts. About 88 SIS schemes are under construction and about 130 SIS schemes have been completed. The work progress is going on in Rmaechhap, Lamjung, Jajarkot, Bajgang, Bajura, Jumla, Kalikot, Dolpa, Baitadi and Darchula districts.
Output 2: Capacity Building and Decentralized Local Governance Strengthened
Progress: Coordination with various sectoral line agencies is on-going at the district level for the preparation and implementation of the selected sub-projects. Sub-projects are being selected from DTMP priority list which reflects the local priorities. 11 districts have updated DTMPs which was prepared earlier and other 7 districts have recently prepared or in the process of finalization of DTMPs.
Various orientation/training, meeting is being provided to VWRCC member from the beginning. In the beginning of every Fiscal year VWRCC are provided training on planning, budgeting, and implementation of subproject. Total 447 numbers of orientation and meeting was conducted to 1,466 VWRCC members.
Rural Transport Infrastructure Sub sector policy on gender developed and approved. All 18 districts had already established maintenance fund and is expected to be operational from coming fiscal year with the preparation & implementation of Annual Road Maintenance Plan (ARMP) by the districts.
Output 3. New and upgraded rural transport infrastructure provided using the labor-based environmentally sound construction approach
Progress: All the 18 districts already selected 33 main sub-projects (including RCC motorable bridges) for the first/second phase implementation and the tentative length detail survey of about 782 km and design, estimate of the selected subprojects is about 704 km up to reporting period.
In all 18 districts (29 subprojects), construction and rehabilitation work for 496 km rural roads by BGs and contractor is progressing. The status of the subprojects are: walkover survey - 1500 km; detailed survey - 814 km; design and estimate - 764 km, cadastral survey - 33 SP/673 km, Contract/VWRCC Packaging - 579 km; resettlement plan - 31 nos. SP/588 km and IEE report - 31 nos. SP/696 km. In 25 road SP, 183 km new road and 159 km road rehabilitaiton work had been completed
Out of total 184 demanded trail bridges; 113 nos (8,247 rm) completed, 52 (3,489 rm) under construction and remaining 19 are in the process of planning, designing and estimate.
In 16 districts (except Gorkha & Humla), the phase II subprojects are selected. In rest of the districts, phase I subprojects will continue as phase II subprojects. A total of 19 subprojects are selected with the plan of 291.5 km under new construction and 45.5 km as rehabilitation. In 10 districts, work has already been started.
A total length of 14,000 rm of Trail Bridge is planned, out of which 6571 rm has been completed and rest is ongoing.
Works from BGs have been started in 16 districts. Payments records will be maintained through labor card. Till the reporting period, the total payment for civil contract, VWRCC/BGs and material/tools suppliers is NRs 2,280 million out of which NPR 681 million is paid to VWRCC/BGs mostly for unskilled works of which 38 % are women.
Until the reporting period the total of 4,828,770 person-days employment has already been created including trail bridges workers.
Output 4: Project planning, management, and support strengthened
Progress: PCU with full time project coordinator, 2 project engineers (though there is 3 engineers provisioned), and supporting staffs are in place.
DPO engineers in 18 project districts have been fulfilled. The supporting staffs are yet to be fully recruited which makes DPO only partially functional and effective in most of the districts.
At central level suitable building with acceptable communication system has been arranged but at district level the building has been rented to establish DPO with partial procurement of logistical facilities. It is yet to make DPO fully functional and operational with the recruitment of full staff (Accountant, Jr. Engineers, and Computer Operator etc). CISC & DISCs in 8 districts from SDC supports are already engaged and DISCs in 10 non-SDC districts are procured and mobilized.
Output 5: Project Management Services
Progress: Workshop on Project procedure Manual (PPM) was held from time to time. The Chairperson, Vice-chair person, local development Office and DTO chief participated the workshop. During the workshop the participants discussed the progress and other related issues encountered during implementation. Central Implementation Support Consultants engaged under SDC support from March 2005. A new Project coordinator assigned starting January 2007.