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Pokhara Metropolitan City to implement RAMS for planned periodic maintenance
Pokhara Metropolitan City (PMC) is going to implement a system to better manage its physical assets, focusing on roads and drainage in the initial phase, under the World Bank-funded Nepal Urban Government and Infrastructure Project (NUGIP).
At the inauguration of the field-based training program, PMC Mayor Dhana Raj Acharya expressed his commitment to successfully implement the Road Asset Management System (RAMS), a software that enables PMC technicians to inspect and assess the condition of roads and drains within the city. The Chief Administrative Officer of PMC Birendra Giri stated that the implementation of RAMS will enhance the current asset management capacity of PMC. He also informed the attendees of the training program that the PMC is struggling to properly manage its assets due to the lack of inventory of the transportation facilities in the city.
Speaking on the same occasion, Jonas Parby from the World Bank (WB) announced that the WB is committed to assist the PMC in the sustainability of RAMS by technically and financially supporting RAMS implementation through NUGIP which is expected to continue until 2025. “The success of RAMS in Pokhara will be replicated in other municipalities of Nepal,” he said.
The basic objective of the project is said to be focusing on enhancing the sustainability of built physical infrastructure in the city. An international consulting company ICEM, a national consulting company GEOCE, the technical human resources of the PMC and the Department of Urban Development and Building Construction are currently involved in the participatory development of RAMS which can be accessed by anyone with an Android-based mobile phone.
Once finalized and implemented, the technicians of the PMC can inspect and assess the condition of roads and drains within the city, and input the data from the site, which will be immediately updated in the central database of the PMC and can be viewed in the form of live spatial maps and asset inventories.
The PMC can then make necessary decisions on the severity of the damages in the assets and prioritize planned periodic maintenance activities in the metropolis, and allocate the budget for the same accordingly.
- by Samiksha Shrestha