The above photo shows the proposed bridge site. The bridge will need to span the entire area between the tree line on both sides of the photo. This photo was taken during the driest time of the year. During the spring and summer, the water levels will rise to fill this entire area making it a priority area for a bridge.
On November 23, 2011 Eva Capozzola and Dhulikhel Rotary President, Ashok Kumar Shrestha met with Local Development Officer of the Dhading District, Dipendraraj Poudel and Engineer, Guru Prasad Sharma.
Mr. Poudel and Mr. Sharma shared with us that there is a site (near to Jogimara) that has greater urgency for a bridge. Because of the priority assigned to this location, the government will be willing to donate the cables that are required for the completion of the suspension foot-bridge.
Talchi, Dhading is located 20 kilometers from the highway and can be reached by vehicle. It takes about 2 hours on local village roads to reach the proposed site. The Molekhu Kola is a tributary of the Trishuli River and has no bridge or crossing along its entirety.
Just above the river is a local school. Nani Babu Lohani, the headmaster of the school shared with us that there are three wards (Ward 1: 160 households, Ward 2: 163 households and Ward 3: 124 households) totaling in 420 households (average 6 members) who would most directly be affected by a bridge at this location. The children of these households attend the local school and for several months each year, they cannot attend because the water levels are too high to cross the river. This not only affects children, but their family members as well, mothers and fathers who have to cross the river in order to work, reach the marketplace or healthcare facilities.
(Note, in the photographs available at this time, the water levels are at their lowest because it is the driest time of year, still, the river is up the thigh of an average adult, this means it is very high and potentially dangerous for small children to cross even at this time. When the water levels are their highest, this river valley is impassable. The bridge will need to be span the entire river bed to allow for rising water levels as well as wide filling of the basin. We are projecting that the bridge will need to be 80-100 meters long)
This project will serve as a platform for additional community programs. The local community will take ownership of this endeavor from the beginning. Bhimadur Maggai, a local villager has already offered part of his land to be used for the bridge site. We will work with local labor for the construction of the bridge which will bring income to the village and improve the skill sets of these laborers. This village borders part of the Chitwan District (pop. 8,000) and Makwanpur District (pop. 40,000) who will also benefit from this bridge.
Needs for a steel footbridge:
- 2 concrete blocks (to anchor and stabilize the bridge on both sides)
- Steel decking system
- Transportation of materials
- Cables (a major expense and will be provided by the government)
Approximate length of bridge will be 80-100 meters
1 meter of bridge construction costs 25,000 Rs.
@ conversion of 80 Rs. = 1 USD
= 2, 500, 000 – 3,000,000 Rs. or 31, 250 – 37,500 USD
Additional potential programs:
Local development initiatives concerning:
Specific programs will be designed after community meetings and dialogue with community members. Our goal is to meet the exact needs of the community. By listening to them and hearing their concerns, we can design and effectively implement programs that will be most useful and appropriate for them.
Formal needs assessment
Community Dialogue – discussion for additional community empowerment programs
Stakeholder meeting – establish who will take responsibility for different activities
Technical plans, survey and timeline for implementation/construction
Projected Timeline: (Subject to change)
January 2012 – Needs Assessment, secure funding (before MG Contribution)
February 2012 – Community Dialogue, Engineering designs and plans Apply for RI Matching Grant
July 2012 – Response from RI, preparation of materials and labor
September 2012 – Begin Construction & Community programs
September 2014 – Project Completion
20,000- Family and friends
5,000 – Nepal District Rotary
5,000 – WH District Rotary
20,0000 – Rotary International Matching Grant
= 50,000.00 USD
Terraces beside the bridge site.
A villager crossing the river
Villager crossing the river, notice that at the driest time of year, the water level is thigh high on an adult, making it very dangerous year-round for young children to get to school
Meeting with Rotary Dhulikhel President, Ashok Shrestha, Local Development Officer of the Dhading District, Dipendraraj Poudel and Engineer, Guru Prasad Sharma and Headmaster of the local school, Nani Babu Lohani
Entrance to the local school.
Student of the school.
Young boy on his way home from school. The school is the white building in the distance behind him. This boy will walk down the hill and through the river to return home.
Local woman who runs a shop in the village. Her hat had the NY Yankees Logo! How perfect!
Proposed Bridge Site. The bridge will span the entire valley.