Nepal: Kathmandu Sustainable Urban Transport Project

Sovereign Project | 44058-013 Status: Approved

Summary

ADB is helping Nepal improve the transport system and reduce congestion and pollution in the capital, Kathmandu. The project will upgrade public transport management, facilities, and operations. It will improve traffic management and make the city center more pedestrian-friendly by improving sidewalks and making heritage routes pedestrian-only. It will also enhance air quality monitoring.

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Project Name Kathmandu Sustainable Urban Transport Project
Project Number 44058-013
Country Nepal
Project Status Approved
Project Type / Modality of Assistance Grant
Loan
Source of Funding / Amount
Grant 0212-NEP: Kathmandu Sustainable Urban Transport Project
Asian Development Fund US$ 10.00 million
Grant 0239-NEP: Kathmandu Sustainable Urban Transport Project
Global Environment Facility US$ 2.52 million
Loan 2656-NEP: Kathmandu Sustainable Urban Transport Project
Asian Development Fund US$ 10.00 million
Strategic Agendas Environmentally sustainable growth
Inclusive economic growth
Drivers of Change Governance and capacity development
Partnerships
Private sector development
Sector / Subsector

Transport - Transport policies and institutional development - Urban public transport - Urban roads and traffic management

Gender Equity and Mainstreaming Effective gender mainstreaming
Description

The project will improve the quality of urban life in the capital city of Nepal by delivering

a more efficient, safe, and sustainable urban transport system (UTS),2 favoring local economic

growth and addressing climate change and air pollution mitigation. The UTS will be enhanced

by focusing on (i) a plan to rationalize and upgrade the existing public transport network, tested

through the implementation of pilot routes provided with electric vehicles; (ii) traffic management

works and measures that will enable heritage routes in the city center to be pedestrianized and

improve general walkability (general walking conditions); and (iii) improvement of air quality

monitoring. The project aims to integrate these components holistically. The environment for

development work has greatly improved since 2006, when the decade-long conflict ended. The

experience of the Asian Development Bank (ADB) has shown that active community

participation can insulate development work from a country's wider challenges and thus bring

about effective service delivery. Consultations were undertaken with various stakeholders,

including the Kathmandu Metropolitan City (KMC), relevant central government ministries and

departments, public transport operators, and residents associations. The project design and

implementation arrangements have fully taken into account the current political context in

Nepal,3 with the implementation expected to proceed amid the ongoing peace process.

Project Rationale and Linkage to Country/Regional Strategy
Impact Sustainable and efficient UTS for Kathmandu valley, favoring local economic growth, and addressing climate change and air pollution mitigation
Project Outcome
Description of Outcome In Kathmandu, public transport services and walkability are improved, favoring a modal shift from private vehicles and improving traffic conditions.
Progress Toward Outcome

Civil works for ICB packages (ICB-01 for walkability improvement, ICB-02 for bridge and junctions improvement on BLR and ICB-03 junctions improvement in the city center) are ongoing.

Procurement for (i) design, supply, and installation of intelligent traffic system in Kathmandu; (ii) traffic police surveillance vehicles; (iii) mobile AQM equipment; (iv) construction of pedestrian bridge at Dhalko (Bishnumati River) and repair of old pedestrian bridges and other shopping packages are ongoing. Recruitment for (i) the mass transit options and prioritization study (DOTM) and design and (ii) design and supervision consultants for various works under KSUTP (DSC-KSUTP) are ongoing.

Implementation Progress
Description of Project Outputs

Output 1. Public transport is improved and upgraded, and capacity of DOTM is strengthened.

Output 2. Traffic management is improved.

Output 3. Walkability in the city center is improved.

Output 4. Monitoring of air quality is enhanced.

Status of Implementation Progress (Outputs, Activities, and Issues)

Output 1 : The proposal for restructuring of the public transport route network has been submitted to MOPIT for immediate approval. The proposal for the public transport restructuring policy has been submitted to MOPIT for Cabinet approval. Staffing for the public transport unit under DOTM will be mobilized by MOPIT for the speedy implementation of pilot bus routes. Recruitment of consultant for Mass Transit Options and Prioritization Study is ongoing.

Output 2 : Junction improvements and civil works along the Bishnumati Link Road (ICB-02) is ongoing. The central area junction improvement work (ICB-03) is also ongoing. Bid for the supply and installation of traffic signal with control room is being evaluated. Procurement of various equipment for MTPD is ongoing.

Output 3 : Pedestrianization of the heritage routes is cannot be continued due to safety risk for workers after the earthquake. Sidewalk improvement works in the city center is largely completed for the current approved scope. The Government will propose new locations for sidewalk improvement and pedestrianization, focusing on the area severely damaged by the earthquake.

Output 4 : Procurement of movable air quality monitoring equipment and the electronic display boards are ongoing.

Action plans for the next three months have been agreed with the Government to revitalize the project implementation in all components.

Geographical Location Kathmandu
Safeguard Categories
Environment B
Involuntary Resettlement B
Indigenous Peoples C
Summary of Environmental and Social Aspects
Environmental Aspects The Environmental Management Plan for DOR component submitted to ADB in April 2013; Environmental Management Plan for KMC component submitted in May 2013.
Involuntary Resettlement The revised Resettlement Plan for DOR component uploaded in the ADB website in October 2013.
Indigenous Peoples N/A.
Stakeholder Communication, Participation, and Consultation
During Project Design Workshops and meetings involving bus industry and various community representatives were organized.
During Project Implementation

Public transport industry and private bus operators are closely associated to the definition and design of pilot bus routes.

Local community is associated to the sidewalks improvement scheme and heritage walk scheme.

Public awareness campaigns are planned on proper traffic behavior, road safety, and air quality.

Business Opportunities
Consulting Services

An estimated 466 person-months (73 international, 393 national) of consulting services will be

provided to (i) facilitate project management and implementation including overall monitoring

and evaluation of the Project at the PMCO; (ii) assist DOR, KMC, and DOTM in carrying out

detailed design and construction supervision of their respective components, including

monitoring for safeguards compliance; (iii) carry out preliminary design of the trolley bus system;

and (iv) provide capacity building of the IAs, strategic planning, pilot implementation of the

public transport network, and institutional development support of the DOTM. Consulting firms

will be engaged using the quality- and cost-based selection (QCBS) method with a standard

quality:cost ratio of 80:20.

Procurement

All procurement of goods and works will be undertaken in accordance with ADB's Procurement

Guidelines.

International competitive bidding procedures will be used for works contracts estimated to cost

$1 million or more, and supply contracts valued at $500,000 or higher. National competitive

bidding procedures will be used for works contracts estimated to cost between $100,000 and $1

million and for supply contracts valued between $100,000 to $500,000. Shopping will be used

for contracts for procurement of works and equipment worth less than $100,000.

Before any procurement processing, ADB and the Government will review the public

procurement laws of the Government to ensure consistency with ADB's Procurement

Guidelines.

Responsible ADB Officer Laxmi Sharma
Responsible ADB Department South Asia Department
Responsible ADB Division Transport and Communications Division, SARD
Executing Agencies
Ministry of Physical Infrastructure and Transport
HPSHARMA@MELAMCHIWATER.ORG
Singha Durbar
Kathmandu
Nepal
Timetable
Concept Clearance 23 Mar 2010
Fact Finding 29 Mar 2010 to 14 Apr 2010
MRM 19 Aug 2010
Approval 22 Jul 2010
Last Review Mission -
PDS Creation Date 06 Apr 2010
Last PDS Update 23 Sep 2015

Grant 0212-NEP

Milestones
Approval Signing Date Effectivity Date Closing
Original Revised Actual
22 Jul 2010 26 Oct 2010 05 Jan 2011 30 Jun 2015 30 Jun 2017 -
Financing Plan Grant Utilization
Total (Amount in US$ million) Date ADB Others Net Percentage
Project Cost 17.90 Cumulative Contract Awards
ADB 10.00 22 Jul 2010 4.08 0.00 45%
Counterpart 7.90 Cumulative Disbursements
Cofinancing 0.00 22 Jul 2010 3.64 0.00 40%
Status of Covenants
Category Sector Safeguards Social Financial Economic Others
Rating - - - Satisfactory - Satisfactory

Grant 0239-NEP

Milestones
Approval Signing Date Effectivity Date Closing
Original Revised Actual
30 Nov 2010 22 Jul 2011 07 Nov 2011 30 Jun 2015 30 Jun 2017 -
Financing Plan Grant Utilization
Total (Amount in US$ million) Date ADB Others Net Percentage
Project Cost 2.52 Cumulative Contract Awards
ADB 0.00 30 Nov 2010 0.00 0.00 0%
Counterpart 0.00 Cumulative Disbursements
Cofinancing 2.52 30 Nov 2010 0.00 0.00 0%

Loan 2656-NEP

Milestones
Approval Signing Date Effectivity Date Closing
Original Revised Actual
22 Jul 2010 26 Oct 2010 05 Jan 2011 30 Jun 2015 30 Jun 2017 -
Financing Plan Loan Utilization
Total (Amount in US$ million) Date ADB Others Net Percentage
Project Cost 10.00 Cumulative Contract Awards
ADB 10.00 22 Jul 2010 4.83 0.00 70%
Counterpart 0.00 Cumulative Disbursements
Cofinancing 0.00 22 Jul 2010 2.59 0.00 37%
Status of Covenants
Category Sector Safeguards Social Financial Economic Others
Rating - - - Satisfactory - Satisfactory

Safeguard Documents

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