Nepal: SASEC Road Connectivity

Publication | May 2015
Nepal: SASEC Road Connectivity

Poor road connectivity is a major constraint for Nepal. The East–West Highway (EWH) is critical for domestic connectivity, and is also key to linking Nepal to India.

The strategic road network, with a total length of about 14,490 km of national and feeder roads, is the core of Nepal’s road system. The east–west corridors include the East–West Highway, the main artery in the country and the one with the heaviest traffic into the Terai region.

To facilitate connectivity in Nepal and between Nepal and its neighbors, the SASEC Road Connectivity Project will provide an alternate route in the Sunsari and Saptari districts. This will create year-round passable conditions along the EWH, especially across the Koshi River. The repair of three feeder roads in the hill areas will improve connectivity between villages along this road system and enable better access to basic services.