Project Name Bagmati River Basin Improvement Project
Project Number 43448-013
Country Nepal
Project Status Active
Project Type / Modality of Assistance Grant
Source of Funding / Amount
Grant 0367-NEP: Bagmati River Basin Improvement Project
Asian Development Fund US$ 4.50 million
Loan 3057-NEP: Bagmati River Improvement Project
Asian Development Fund US$ 25.50 million
TA: Bagmati River Improvement Project
Technical Assistance Special Fund US$ 500,000.00
Strategic Agendas Environmentally sustainable growth
Inclusive economic growth
Drivers of Change Governance and capacity development
Sector / Subsector

Agriculture, natural resources and rural development - Rural flood protection - Water-based natural resources management

Gender Equity and Mainstreaming Effective gender mainstreaming
Project Rationale and Linkage to Country/Regional Strategy

Project Outcome

Description of Outcome
Progress Toward Outcome Consultant is monitoring the river water quality standard, including flood frequency. Achievement of outcome will be assessed at project completion.
Implementation Progress
Description of Project Outputs
Status of Implementation Progress (Outputs, Activities, and Issues)

1) WECs consulting package (DSS support system, WQ monitoring, Integrated river basin master plan and Flood forecasting and early warning) was awarded in December 2015.

2) Design report for the river corridors beautification has been submitted by the PMDSC. Revision are under finalization. Tender is expected to be issued by February 2016. The NGO selection for solid waste management and social mobilization (Package 3) is in the evaluation stage.

3) Dhap dam design build contract was awarded in October 2015 and Nagmati design contract was awarded in September 2015. Consultants and contractors have been mobilized for both. NGO selection for watershed management (Package 1) and rainwater harvesting (Package 2) is ongoing.

4) PMU and PIU established. Project management design and supervision consultant (PMDSC) was mobilized in July 2014.

Geographical Location

Summary of Environmental and Social Aspects

Environmental Aspects

The Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) prepared for the project includes Environmental Management Plans which describe mitigatory measures to be adopted during design, construction and operation of the dam/s and the Upper Bagmati River Improvement works.

The Project Coordination and Management Unit (PCMU) with assistance from the environmental consultant engaged by the PMDSC is to do the following: (ii) update the EIA including EMP based on detailed designs; (iii) ensure EMPs are included in bidding documents and civil works contracts; (iv) provide oversight on environmental management aspects of the project and ensure EMPs are implemented by the contractors (v) facilitate and ensure contractors comply with all government rules and regulations regarding forest and road permits as well as any other relevant approvals required for works; (vi) supervise and provide guidance to the contractors to properly carry out implementation of the EMPs; (vii) review, monitor and evaluate the effectiveness with which the EMPs are implemented, and recommend necessary corrective actions to be taken as necessary; (viii) consolidate quarterly environment monitoring reports f and submit semi-annual monitoring reports to ADB; (ix) ensure timely disclosure of final EIAs in locations and forms accessible to the public; (x) take corrective actions when necessary to ensure no environmental impacts; (xi) conduct ongoing consultation with the community during implementation of the project; and (xii) establish a grievance redress mechanism and ensure it is operated satisfactorily.

The preliminary designs have incorporated measures to mitigate risks related to earthquakes, landslides, floods, and climate change. The detailed designs of the Dhap Dam and Upper Bagmati on River Improvement works will be based on projections of impacts of climate change on the river basin air temperature impact on evaporation, rainfall run-off and river hydrology.. The PCMU will include an environmental specialist who will be trained and work with the PMSC environmental specialist in monitoring implementation of the EMP during construction. During operations, it is expected that the HPCIDBC/RBO will take on the function of environmental monitoring. Training will be provided to staff ear marked in these organizations. The estimated cost for implementing the EMP is $ 132,500

Involuntary Resettlement No resettlement is foreseen necessary under the project. However, a Draft Resettlement Framework (DRF) has been prepared for the project as a prudent measure to guide the preparation of safeguards documents for mitigating any unforeseen resettlement impacts during project implementation. (
Indigenous Peoples No IP issues are foreseen to be addressed during the project implementation.
Stakeholder Communication, Participation, and Consultation
During Project Design The project was developed based on the Integrated Water Resources Management (IWRM) principle in which ultimate goal is to bring stakeholders to share a common vision of water resource management and development. The achievement of such a goal for the Bagmati River basin required intensive consultation with all the relevant stakeholders (government, non-government, civil societies, academicians, religious groups, private sector) in the form of workshops, focus group discussions (FGDs); technical task force meetings and meetings, which were done at the outset, since October 2010 by RETA 7547: Supporting Investments in Water Security in River Basins. Similar consultations were continued during the PPTA stage with and among various basin stakeholders towards consolidating support for the formation of river basin organization (RBO). There was close interaction between and among ADB, Water and Energy Secretariat (WECS), the High Powered Committee for Integrated Development of Bagmati Civilization (HPCIDBC), the consultants, and other basin stakeholders to create a an institutional proposal for the Bagmati river basin composed of a committee of individual specialists coming from water related governmental and civil society institutions.
During Project Implementation A participation and institutional strategic plan has been firmed up for L3057/G0367-NEP: BRBIP for participation and institutional strategic plan. Seven key stakeholder, participation, and institutional strategies are envisaged for BRBIP including: (i) a Bagmati RBO (as noted above) that introduces and implements the objectives of IWRM to river restoration, (ii) improved mechanisms for participation and water dialogue, (iii) institutional strengthening and capacity development, (iv) the development of an NGO Platform, (v) a stakeholder communication strategy, (vi) the introduction of knowledge-based decisions, and (vii) a proper legal framework.

Business Opportunities

Consulting Services A total of 364 person months of consulting services (43 person-months international and 321 person-months national) will be provided to support the PCMU in project management planning and implementation, design review, RBO formation support, Development of an Integrated River Basin Development Management plan, procurement assistance and construction supervision. 97 person-months of consultancy services (25 person-months international and 72 national will be provided to support WECS in establishing a Decision Support System for support to Bagmati RBO formation and preparing the 15 years integrated River Basin Development Master Plan. In addition, a total of 20 person-months (8 international person-months and 12 national person-months) will be provided to upgrade the HPCIDBC water quality monitoring system. Moreover, a total of 31 person-months (9 person-months international and 22 person months national) will be provided to Department of Hydrology and Meteorology and upgrade their existing flood forecasting system and provide operational flood warning dissemination. 12 person months (national) will be provided for independent environmental monitoring and evaluation. Under a TA Grant 22 person-months of individual consultants (international) will be provided to support WECS for RBO formation. Further, an estimated 136 person-months (all national) of NGOs will be provided to assist the PCMU in implementing the Community Awareness and Participation Program and Gender Equality and Social Inclusion (GESI) Action Plan, Rainwater Harvesting and Solid Waste program at household level and Watershed Management in Shivapuri National Park.
Procurement All procurement of works, goods and services, financed by ADB, will be carried out in accordance with ADB s Procurement Guidelines (2013, as amended from time to time) .International competitive bidding (ICB) procedures will be used for any civil works contract estimated to cost more than $1 million, and any goods contract estimated to cost more than $500,000. National competitive bidding (NCB) procedures will be used for any civil works contract estimated to cost $1 million or less and any goods contract estimated to cost $500,000 or less. Shopping will be used for any civil works or goods contract estimated to cost less than $100,000. Consultants selections and engagements will be carried out in accordance with ADB s Guidelines on the Use of Consultants (2010, as amended from time to time) . ADB will undertake the recruitment of the project management design and supervision consultants (PMDSC) on behalf of the government. The EA retains the responsibility for negotiating and signing the contract with the consultant, issuing the notice to proceed, and supervising the consultant's services (reference: Project Administration Instruction, section 2.05, para. 47). The consulting firms will be engaged using the quality- and cost-based selection (QCBS) method with a standard quality-cost ratio of 90:10. Before the start of any procurement, ADB and the government will review the public procurement laws of the government to ensure consistency with ADB s Procurement Guidelines.

Responsible Staff

Responsible ADB Officer Arnaud Cauchois
Responsible ADB Department South Asia Department
Responsible ADB Division Environment, Natural Resources & Agriculture Division, SARD
Executing Agencies
Ministry of Urban Development
Singhadurbar, Kathmandu, Nepal


Concept Clearance -
Fact Finding -
Approval -
Last Review Mission -
Last PDS Update 03 Feb 2016

Grant 0367-NEP

Approval Signing Date Effectivity Date Closing
Original Revised Actual
31 Oct 2013 06 Mar 2014 08 Apr 2014 29 Feb 2020 - -
Financing Plan Grant Utilization
Total (Amount in US$ million) Date ADB Others Net Percentage
Project Cost 4.50 Cumulative Contract Awards
ADB 4.50 31 Oct 2013 3.86 0.00 86%
Counterpart 0.00 Cumulative Disbursements
Cofinancing 0.00 31 Oct 2013 1.16 0.00 26%

Loan 3057-NEP

Approval Signing Date Effectivity Date Closing
Original Revised Actual
31 Oct 2013 06 Mar 2014 08 Apr 2014 29 Feb 2020 - -
Financing Plan Loan Utilization
Total (Amount in US$ million) Date ADB Others Net Percentage
Project Cost 31.50 Cumulative Contract Awards
ADB 25.50 31 Oct 2013 7.40 0.00 32%
Counterpart 6.00 Cumulative Disbursements
Cofinancing 0.00 31 Oct 2013 2.94 0.00 13%

TA 8500-NEP

Approval Signing Date Effectivity Date Closing
Original Revised Actual
31 Oct 2013 15 Apr 2014 15 Apr 2014 31 Oct 2016 31 Jul 2018 -
Financing Plan/TA Utilization Cumulative Disbursements
ADB Cofinancing Counterpart Total Date Amount
Gov Beneficiaries Project Sponsor Others
0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 31 Oct 2013 111,224.51

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