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Nepal Road Safety Project by NRNA

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on December 9, 2017


Its main aim is to prevent deaths and injuries on roads in Nepal. Road “accidents” have killed already over 170,00 innocent people since 2001/ 2002 and will be killing over 5000 people and leave tens of thousands with disabilities every year. If the current trend continues, over 50,000 are likely to be killed on roads in Nepal in the next 10 years or so. This scale of deaths and disabilities surpasses deaths and disabilities by any other single natural disasters such as earthquakes and floods.

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NRNA Australia has been requested by Partha Parajuli, Project Lead for the NRNA’s SKI Road Safety Project, to let NRNA members know the recent developments on its implementation front. Many of the NRNA members were working on this project since 2013 and Partha would like to provide updates and request all members of the community to contribute and / or get involved in the Project.

As many of you might be aware, the Project was initiated by a team of NRNs, mainly living in Queensland and working on transport, traffic, road safety and allied fields. The team is now expanded to capture many “hidden” NRN talents around the globe. The Road Safety Project is supported by NAQ, NRNA SCC Queensland, NRNA NCC Australia, NRNA RCC Oceania and NRNA ICC for implementation in Nepal under NRNA’s Skill Knowledge and Innovation (SKI) transfer initiative. The project is of entirely philanthropic nature. Its main aim is to prevent deaths and injuries on roads in Nepal. Road “accidents” have killed already over 170,00 innocent people since 2001/ 2002 and will be killing over 5000 people and leave tens of thousands with disabilities every year. If the current trend continues, over 50,000 are likely to be killed on roads in Nepal in the next 10 years or so. This scale of deaths and disabilities surpasses deaths and disabilities by any other single natural disasters such as earthquakes and floods.

Response from NRN community to help the fellow countrymen during hard time of disaster and its aftermath is well known. With this raised profile of NRN community members, NRNA SKI now intends to start work with the Government of Nepal to address this new disaster which, unlike flood or earthquake, is manmade and preventable by men. More alarmingly, the road disaster is an ongoing silent epidemic killer. The Project team has been working to develop the concept proposal since 2013 and now, with all background research works and preparatory project team formation tasks completed, it’s time to make this project happen on the ground.

In order to begin the new era of collaboration for delivering better road safety outcomes to the people of Nepal, the Project team has identified a number of “profile raising’ small scale low cost high benefit initiatives to work with the Government immediately while planning for more extensive involvement in large projects. The Project team would like to make the community clear that the proposed project is not intended to be a capital / resource intensive but a “skill, knowledge and innovation” intensive initiative to provide maximum benefits to the motherland.

In the immediate term, the Project Team is working with many local road safety stakeholders, governmental and non-governmental agencies to organise a National Road Safety Conference in Kathmandu Nepal (scheduled for Jan 21-22, 2018, preparing for signing Memorandum of Understanding with the GON for collaboration on road safety project and developing video clips on road safety messages to be taken by NRN members while visiting Nepal and screened in any community road safety events, they want to organise in their own towns and hamlet of origin together with their friends, relatives, next to kin and neighbours). The outcome is better road safety awareness in the community which encourages everyone do their bits and keep safe while on roads. These activities are in addition to other planned demonstration projects identified in the Proposal for Project Preparatory Works (Click here if you want to see what is proposed in this Proposal).

There are several ways members can get involved in the Project to suit members’ prevailing and future commitments, life style, holidays trip to Nepal, scale of networking here in Australia, in Nepal and internationally, interest, expertise (just to name a few). More interestingly, one does not have to be a road safety specialist to contribute to this Project. Sharing your experience of using roads and footpath, driving your vehicles, helping crash victims for getting first aid treatments and informing emergency services can with your friends and family members in Nepal can make a significant difference. Some of the initiatives under the “Big Picture” Nepal Road Safety Project Proposal (Click here to find what this Big Picture Proposal contains) where community members could involve include, but not limited to) are:

(1) Plan to attend National Road Safety Conference and make the case of road disaster loud and clear;
(2) Donate fund or offer sponsorship for conference expenses, for audio-visual materials, community partnership programmes or research of your interest;
(3) Become a member of the project team;
(4) Identify project of own choice, lead from concept development to realisation and evaluation;
(5) Provide support to existing project/ project team members;
(6) Provide fund to deliver a particular project of your interest or to contribute to funding pool to support ongoing initiatives (100% of your contribution goes to project delivery: no overhead, no cost of travel / accommodation of NRN members);
(7) Play a model role in the audio, video message clips, video films on road safety messages;
(8) Contribute to Crowd Funding (being set up)
(9) Help deliver social change program for drivers, pedestrian, passengers (road users);
(10) Set up your own Fund or Award, Scholarship and so on for road safety related research projects in Nepal;
(11) Organise community interaction programs and talk about road safety while visiting your villages, towns and so on;
(12) Undertake other activities of your interest targeted to improve road safety in Nepal (to be coordinated with the Project to avoid overlaps, duplications)

In order to provide ample opportunities to the community members to have their say in the Project, respond to questions community members may have and get involved to provide guidance to the Project Team to steer the Project in the right direction, a community event is organised jointly by NRNA Australia QLD SCC and NAQ in Brisbane very soon (Flyer). The event will also be used for collecting donations which would be used for developing road safety awareness campaigns in Nepal and like.

Please stay tuned for the announcement of the event. In the meanwhile, please read the attached community message (or click here) to know more about the Project.

If you have any questions, queries, comments, suggestions and concerns on the Project please send email to Partha Parajuli at pmparajuli@gmail.com.

@NRNA

One Response to “Nepal Road Safety Project by NRNA”

  1. arbind sah said

    nepal have no long and sefty road

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