Client: ReCAP Project Management Unit, Cardno Emerging Market (UK) Ltd

Funded by: UK Department for International Development (DFID)'

The aim of Research in Community Access Partnership (ReCAP) programme is to develop a framework to develop a suitable methodology encompassing descriptive, quantitative and quantitative mode of analysis that can be implemented to develop a planning and prioritisation model for rural road in Punjab. Two different models are proposed for two categories of road Different indicators are proposed for two sections i.e. one for the rehabilitation/improvement of the existing roads and second for the construction of new roads. All relevant entities / organizations involved in planning and prioritisation of rural road schemes are considered as potential stakeholder. Two consultative sessions (Focus Group Discussion) are held to finalize the proposed indicators for the project. After two sessions, workshop was conducted on January 13th, 2020 at the Punjab Civil Officer’s Mess in Lahore, Punjab to discuss the proposed methodology developed for planning and prioritisation model of rural roads in Punjab. Model was presented to the stakeholders along with the proposed indicators. In addition, techniques used for weightings and selection of indicators were also discussed Participants of the workshop included both Federal and Provincial Institutions, Professional Bodies, Development Partners, Federal Government Staff (such as the NTRC, Ministry of Communication and Planning Commission, provincial Planning and Development Department, Communication and Works Department and Transport Department, etc.) from Punjab and other provinces.

First session was formally presented by the Team Leader, Dr. Syed Murtaza Asghar Bukhari. He warmly welcomed all the stakeholders and briefed on the agenda of the workshop. He then briefed the participants on the methodology of the project, reason for holding the workshop and expected participation from the attendance. Each participant asked to participate in the discussion and give his reviews and suggestions related to the project. A questionnaire is given to all the stakeholders to quantify the preference for the proposed indicators. At the end of the session, Chairman - Institute of Road Safety Traffic Environment Islamabad Mr. Kaiser J Khatana gave remarks regarding the workshop. He appreciated the practice of conducting the workshop and asked to cater all the suggestions in the project methodology and model to be developed that had been raised and addressed during the workshop session. Post assessment of the event was carried out by providing an evaluation questionnaire. A total of 16 participants provided their feedback through questionnaire. The weights assigned to the indicators were analysed in order to know calculate their aggregate index separate for each section which were designed within the questionnaire, one for the new roads and the second one for the rehabilitation/ repair of the existing roads. The section for the “Rehabilitation/ Improvement of Existing Rural Roads” includes the following 5 dimensions and 14 indicators and Section for the “Construction of New Rural Roads” includes the following 4 dimensions and 10 indicators listed below

Following are the Pictorial Glimpses of the Workshop