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Nepal: Kathmandu Sustainable Urban Transport Project

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

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
Pradhan, Naresh 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 Closed
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 Loan 2656 closed on 31 December 2017 while Grant 0212 & Grant 0239 are closed 30 June 2018. Civil works for ICB packages (ICB-01 for walkability improvement, and ICB-03 junctions improvement at city center) are substantially completed. ICB-02 for bridge and junctions improvement on BLR only 80% completed by the time the loan closed.It was agreed with government that any left overs after loan closing would be financed by government. Procurement for (i) design, supply, and installation of intelligent traffic system in Kathmandu and (ii) flatbed truck are cancelled.Under Grant 0212 & Grant 0239, Study for appropriate Mass Transit Option Study for Kathmandu valley is completed. 17 fleet of low carbon emission buses are delivered and Operation of public bus in S5 Route under Private Bus Operating company begun since August 208.
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. New structure of the DOTM is approved by the Ministry of General Administration. Training on gender and transport aspects to the staff of all stakeholder including implementing agencies and private operator conducted in September/October 2017.The proposal for restructuring of the public transport route network has been submitted to MOPIT. The implementation of the pilot bus initiative is completed despite the limited capacity of DOTM. A fleet of 17 public buses in pilot route (S5) is in operation since August 2018 after Public Transport Operator company is also formed.

Feasibility Study for Mass Transit Options and Prioritization Study for Kathmandu Valley is completed.

Output 2. Original scope had 25 Junction improvement of streets of Kathmandu. But this was reduced to 14 junction improvement due to road widening works by KVDA. The work is substantially completed by the end of loan closing date. The output also had Bisnumati bridges and link road improvement. Two bridges in Bisnumati river were under the scope. Teku bridge was around 70% completed when the loan closed and government took up to complete its works by its own funding. Dallu bridge is completed substantially within the loan period. The much needed Intelligent Traffic System (ITS) was however dropped due less time left for rebidding and implementation before the loan closed.

Output 3. Pedestrianisation of heritage routes with side walk improvement work is substantially completed along with two pedestrian bridges in Bishnumati river at Shovabhagwati. Any outstanding work was agreed to be done by Government with its own fund

Output 4. Movable air quality monitoring equipment and the electronic display boards are completed. Procurement of 2 sets each of Gas Analyser and Smoke-metres for vehicle emission testing has been completed and the equipment is in use by DOTM. This task has been 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 Pradhan, Naresh
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 01 Oct 2019

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 11 Jul 2019
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 5.03 0.00 67%
Counterpart 7.90 Cumulative Disbursements
Cofinancing 0.00 22 Jul 2010 5.03 0.00 67%
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 11 Jul 2019
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 1.02 41%
Counterpart 0.00 Cumulative Disbursements
Cofinancing 2.52 30 Nov 2010 0.00 1.02 41%
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 11 Dec 2019
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 3.73 0.00 98%
Counterpart 0.00 Cumulative Disbursements
Cofinancing 0.00 22 Jul 2010 3.82 0.00 100%
Status of Covenants
Category Sector Safeguards Social Financial Economic Others
Rating - Satisfactory - Satisfactory - Satisfactory

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Safeguard Documents See also: Safeguards

Safeguard documents provided at the time of project/facility approval may also be found in the list of linked documents provided with the Report and Recommendation of the President.

Title Document Type Document Date
Kathmandu Sustainable Urban Transport Project: Social Monitoring Report (January-June 2018) Social Monitoring Reports Jul 2018
Kathmandu Sustainable Urban Transport Project: Semi-annual Environmental Monitoring Report (January-June 2018) Environmental Monitoring Reports Jun 2018
Kathmandu Sustainable Urban Transport Project: Semi-annual Environmental Monitoring Report (July-December 2017) Environmental Monitoring Reports Jan 2018
Kathmandu Sustainable Urban Transport Project: Semi-annual Social Monitoring Report (July-December 2017) Social Monitoring Reports Jan 2018
Kathmandu Sustainable Urban Transport Project: Social Monitoring Report (January-June 2017) Environmental and Social Monitoring Reports Sep 2017
Kathmandu Sustainable Urban Transport Project: Environmental Compliance Monitoring Report (July-December 2016) Environmental Monitoring Reports Feb 2017
Kathmandu Sustainable Urban Transport Project: Environmental Compliance Monitoring Report (July 2015-June 2016) Environmental Monitoring Reports Aug 2016
Kathmandu Sustainable Urban Transport Project: Gender and Social Inclusion (GESI) Annual Monitoring Report (January-December 2014) Social Monitoring Reports May 2015
Kathmandu Sustainable Urban Transport Project Resettlement Plans Aug 2013
Kathmandu Sustainable Urban Transport Project: Environmental Assessment and Review Framework Environmental Assessment and Review Framework Jun 2010
Kathmandu Sustainable Urban Transport Project: Initial Environmental Examination Initial Environmental Examination Jun 2010
Kathmandu Sustainable Urban Transport Project: Resettlement Framework Resettlement Frameworks Jun 2010
Kathmandu Sustainable Urban Transport Project Resettlement Plans Jun 2010

Evaluation Documents See also: Independent Evaluation

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Tenders

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Contracts Awarded

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Procurement Plan

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