Gravity Goods Ropeway in Nepal

Gravity Goods Ropeway (GGR) is one of the flagship technologies of the Practical Action Nepal office. It fits well to the rugged topography and agrarian economy of Nepal. It taps on the undulation of ground to over the inaccessibility posed by it. It helps farmers to get their products to market in less time, cost and drudgery. It was introduced in Nepal in 2000 for the first time. Now, the technology is heading towards achieving the impact at scale. Following the Access for Opportunities project, 2007 to 2012, which installed 15 GGRs in 4 districts of Nepal, Practical Action is making concerted effort for the wider replication of the technology by influencing and capacity building of other organizations.

Deputy Director General of DoLIDAR at the Closing ceremony of the GGR training

Deputy Director General of DoLIDAR at the Closing ceremony of the GGR training

Department of Local Infrastructure Development and Agriculture Road (DoLIDAR), the technical department of Ministry of Federal Affairs and Local Development, Government of Nepal, which oversees all the infrastructure development works at the local level, has started to replicate the technology in Nepal. Last year, it carried out feasibility study of GGR on 21 sites in 9 districts. Practical Action provided technical training to its engineers, consultants and verified the feasibility reports. It has also started installation of GGR at 2 sites.  The department has expressed its commitment to include the GGR in its regular programs. Practical Action and the department have agreed to work together to explore the leverage fund for the replication of the technology in Nepal.

Likewise, Practical Action has started to replicate the technology outside Nepal through Practical Action Consulting. They have been providing technical assistance to Tarayana Foundation Bhutan to install a GGR in Bhutan. The Agriculture Machinery Centre (AMC) Bhutan is also interested to uptake the technology.

Pulchowk engineering students

Pulchowk engineering students

To support and sustain the wider replication of the technology, human resource development is really important. Realizing the fact, Practical Action has been closely working with Pulchowk Engineering Campus, the largest and most reputed Engineering College in Nepal. The college have included the GGR technology in their curriculum and started to run elective class on it for its Bachelor of Civil Engineering final year students. Practical Action supported the college to develop curriculum and has been providing resource person to facilitate the class. A MOU has been signed between Practical Action and Pulchowk Campus for the collaboration. Under the MOU Practical Action will support Pulchowk to run the elective class until 2016. Afterward, Pulchowk Campus will run the class on its own.  This year, Pulchowk Campus is producing 30 Civil Engineers well conversant in GGR.

There are early indications that the GGR is well on the way to achieve impact at scale. However, there is still a long way to go. There is also risk of losing the momentum if we fail to continue proactive efforts from our side.

One response to “Gravity Goods Ropeway in Nepal”

  1. Ganesh Bdr. Budhathoki Says:

    How can i contact with your organization? I am very interested to this.Also i am civil engineering student.

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