Latest road section of RAP is handed over to communities in Nepal
It's time to celebrate! Together with DFID Nepal, we have handed over the latest road section constructed under the UK Aid-funded Rural Access Programme.
Wednesday 20 February 2019
It’s time to celebrate! Together with DFID Nepal, we have handed over the latest road section constructed under the UK Aid-funded Rural Access Programme (RAP). The Maure-Kailashmandu and Maure-Toli-Chhatara road sections, under construction since 2014 in the Triveni Municipality of Bajura district, were handed to the local government at an event on Monday 18 February 2019. We built 29.68km of road, employing the most marginalised groups in rural communities of Nepal. We provided 970,384 days of employment to 1756 locals, 44% of which were women. Through this construction, locals were able to earn a total of NPR 507 million in wages (equivalent to approximately GBP 3.4 million).
Dr Simon Lucas, representing DFID, addressed the audience at the event saying:
“The completion of the road is only the start. This road is yours, you built it. It is now up to the people of Triveni municipality to take advantage of this access and use it for your economic development.”
We are extremely proud to have played a key role in expanding access to roads, communities and opportunities. We wish the best to the beneficiaries and we hope they will be able to make the most out of this crucial connection.
RAP is not just about building roads, RAP is about making smart, empowering connections. Locals can reap the rewards of this programme since day one through employment and training opportunities. RAP is an exemplary development project that shows the enormous potential of smart connections that combine both hard and soft infrastructure.
A news feature about the opening ceremony has been published on the Himalayan Times, available here.
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