CDIA-Assisted Project In Kathmandu Now Almost Complete

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In 2009, the Ministry of Infrastructure and Transport of Kathmandu City in Nepal, with support from CDIA and ADB, conducted a study under the Sustainable Urban Transport Project. The study focused on how to improve traffic management and public transport, junctions, road widening, air quality, pedestrian lanes and sidewalks, and the construction of roads and pedestrian bridges along the Bishnumati river corridor.

With CDIA assistance, a Pre-Feasibility Study of the above-mentioned project components was completed. The Ministry and ADB, upon request from Kathmandu City, agreed to include it under the Kathmandu Sustainable Urban transport (KSUT) project for funding from ADB.

The total cost of the project was USD 30.7M with USD 20M funding from ADB in the form of grant and loan and remaining USD 10.7M from the Ministry. The project was implemented in 2012 and the pedestrianization within historic core, road widening, sidewalk improvement within the central business area of Kathmandu, and some junction-improvement work have been completed. The construction of the pedestrian bridges and remaining junction improvement work are in the phase of implementation and will be completed by mid-2016.

The success of the CDIA project in Kathmandu, marked by the linking to finance and implementation within a short period of time, was mainly because of the active role played by the local communities and stakeholders of the project area and the continuous support and cooperation from the then project in-charge from CDIA Mr. Hans Juergen Cassens.

According to Devendra Dongol, Senior Planner and Project Coordinator, CDIA Project Kathmandu Metropolitan City, “The integrated development of the Bishnumati River Corridor and Historic Core project in Kathmandu has directly contributed towards overall traffic situation along river corridors, historic core and central business area in Kathmandu. The project has also contributed towards improving overall environment and socio-economic development of the city.”

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