44058-013: Kathmandu Sustainable Urban Transport Project | Asian Development Bank

Nepal: Kathmandu Sustainable Urban Transport Project

Sovereign (Public) Project | 44058-013 Status: Active

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.

Project Details

Project Officer
Sharma, Laxmi South Asia Department Request for information
Country
  • Nepal
Modality
  • Grant
  • Loan
Sector
  • Transport
 
Project Name Kathmandu Sustainable Urban Transport Project
Project Number 44058-013
Country Nepal
Project Status Active
Project Type / Modality of Assistance Grant
Loan
Source of Funding / Amount
Grant 0212-NEP: Kathmandu Sustainable Urban Transport Project
concessional ordinary capital resources lending / Asian Development Fund US$ 10.00 million
Loan 2656-NEP: Kathmandu Sustainable Urban Transport Project
concessional ordinary capital resources lending / Asian Development Fund US$ 10.00 million
Grant 0239-NEP: Kathmandu Sustainable Urban Transport Project
Global Environment Facility Grant US$ 2.52 million
Strategic Agendas Environmentally sustainable growth
Inclusive economic growth
Drivers of Change Gender Equity and Mainstreaming
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 at city center) are ongoing. Physical Progress of each package is 80%, 67% and 72%. Equipment and vehicles for Metropolitan Traffic Police Department (MTPD) - Supply of Traffic Surveillance vehicle, radar gun, IT & multimedia etc are already procured. Procurement of Flat bed truck with crane is at final stage of completion.

Procurement for (i) design, supply, and installation of intelligent traffic system in Kathmandu has been cancelled due to cancellation of bids and unavailability of funds and time for rebidding.

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)

Status Output 1: Kathmandu Valley Public Bus Service Operation Directives, 2073 prepared and the PMCO submitted the Directives to Ministry for the endorsement by the Government. The Project with expert s inputs (PMCBC) prepared restructuring of existing routes to address the inappropriate and inefficient mix of vehicle types on public transport routes, and imbalance between supply and demand within the system. Ministry of Law and Justice has reviewed the route restructuring proposal and advised to notify the public through gazette. Notification of the restructuring of public transport routes consisting of 8 Primary, 16 Secondary and 42 Tertiary routes in Kathmandu by the MOPIT is yet to done. Consultant for Mass Transit Options and Prioritization Study is already onboard since December 2016. Inception workshop has already been conducted with experts from various sectors. PMCO together with PIU DOTM organized a number of consultations with operators of secondary route-S5. During the Mission, Samakushi Microbus Association and Sinamangal Tempo Association agreed to form a new Bus Operating Company to operate services on KSUTP Pilot Route S5, from New Bus Park in Gongabu to Sinamangal (passing through city center). The new route will combine the two routes currently operated by the separate Associations into a new through route which will reduce congestion due to parked public transport vehicles in the city center. 70 small sized fleets (35 Safa tempo and 25 micro bus) would be replaced by new fleets of medium- sized buses. This is a key milestone that the project has achieved and it is towards likely achievement of output 1 of the Project. Pilot bus initiative has been progressed. Draft contract agreement for low emission bus operation in one of the pilot route (Samakhosi to Sinamangal) agreed with recently established bus operator company. Town Development (TDF) will onlend the fund to the company. MOU between Ministry of Physical Infrastructure and Transport and TDF yet to be signed.

Status Output 2: The Central Area Junction Improvement works (KSUTP/W/DOR/ICB-03) is ongoing with 72% of physical progress. Procurement of Intelligent Traffic System (ITS) is cancelled as the bidding has to be cancelled due to substantially high bids received and the rebidding could not be done due to unavailability of fund for increased cost estimate and limited time for Loan closing.

Status Output 3: Bridges over the Bishnumati River at Teku (Teku Bridge), Dallu (Dallu Bridge) Sobhabhagwati, Dallu, Bhimsenthan & Teku Junctions is ongoing under contract KSTUP/W/DOR/ICB-02 with 67% physical progress. Equipment for MTPD ( IT, multimedia, surveillance vehicle, radar etc) are procured with Flat bed truck with crane finalized for procurement under shopping.

Due to the safeguard issue caused by the road widening along the Ram Sam Path, the original scope has been reduced from 17 to 8 junctions only. Pedestrianization of the heritage routes and sidewalk improvement under package KSUTP/W/KMC/ICB-01 is delayed due to safety risk for workers after the earthquake. Work is ongoing with physical progress of 80%.

Status Output 4: Procurement of movable air quality monitoring equipment and electronic display boards completed. Emission Testing, Smoke meter (Vehicle Emission Testing instrument for Diesel Vehicles) procurement also completed.

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 Sharma, Laxmi
Responsible ADB Department South Asia Department
Responsible ADB Division Nepal Resident Mission
Executing Agencies
Ministry of Physical Infrastructure and Transport
[email protected]
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 08 Sep 2017

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 2018 -
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 5.83 0.00 78%
Counterpart 7.90 Cumulative Disbursements
Cofinancing 0.00 22 Jul 2010 5.86 0.00 78%
Status of Covenants
Category Sector Safeguards Social Financial Economic Others
Rating - Satisfactory - 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 2018 -
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 1.13 45%
Counterpart 0.00 Cumulative Disbursements
Cofinancing 2.52 30 Nov 2010 0.00 0.80 32%
Status of Covenants
Category Sector Safeguards Social Financial Economic Others
Rating - Satisfactory - Satisfactory - Satisfactory

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 31 Dec 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 4.26 0.00 95%
Counterpart 0.00 Cumulative Disbursements
Cofinancing 0.00 22 Jul 2010 4.21 0.00 94%
Status of Covenants
Category Sector Safeguards Social Financial Economic Others
Rating - Satisfactory - Satisfactory - Satisfactory

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Tenders

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Procurement Plan

Title Document Type Document Date
Kathmandu Sustainable Urban Transport Project Procurement Plans May 2015