The Asian Development Bank (ADB) has approved the following technical assistance:
The roads in Bhutan and Nepal are some of the most dangerous in the region. Road fatalities in Nepal have doubled in the past decade, while the road fatality rate in Bhutan is seven to 10 times higher than in Europe and North America. This technical assistance will produce the first phase of South Asia Road Safety Programs. Between June 2012 and June 2013, road safety in Bhutan and Nepal will be analyzed, road safety management strengthened, road safety programs on selected corridors developed, and blueprints for subsequent road safety investment projects prepared. The TA will also develop and assist with the implementation of road safety policies and procedures to incorporate road safety into the lifecycle of roads, and identify sustainable sources and mechanisms of road safety funding.
$700,000 equivalent, grant from the Technical Assistance Special Fund (TASF-IV).