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Domestic Airports Upgrading Components, STIDP [Loan No 1451 NEP (SF)]

Client: Civil Aviation Authority of Nepal (CAAN)
Funding Agency: Asian Development Bank
Period: December, 1998 to August 2002
Consulting Association: GEOCE Consultants (P) Ltd, Mr. & Mrs. ML Kayastha & Associates JV
Approx. Value of Services: Total NRs 13.6 million, GEOCE’s part- NRs 11.56 million
Professional Staff Input: National (79) person months

Salient Details

CAAN undertook upgrading of six domestic airports-Biratnagar, Lukla, Pokhara, Bharatpur, Jomsom and Jumla airports under ADB funded Second Tourism Infrastructure Development Project (STIDP). The Project cost was about US$ 8.6 million.

The consulting services were for design, preparation of bid documents of airport upgrading works at Biratnagar, Lukla, Jomsom and Jumla airports and construction supervision of upgrading works at Biratnagar Airport and advisory support to CAAN for implementation of airport upgrading works at Lukla, Jomsom and Jumla airports. The design of upgrading works at Biratnagar airport included rehabilitation and strengthening of runway, taxiway and apron pavements (total about 66,000 sqm) with asphalt concrete, improvement of runway strips, drainage and water supply and improvement of Basta Nala along airport to alleviate flooding. Similarly, design of upgrading works at other three airports (Lukla, Jomsom and Jumla) included master planning; design of geometry improvement, surface improvement to bituminous standard with frost – resistant asphalt concrete pavement for runways, taxiway and apron (total about 60,000 sqm), drainage improvement, river training (of Kaligandaki River at Jomsom airport) and new terminal buildings and control towers at Lukla and Jomsom airports. The consultant provided construction supervision of upgrading works at Biratnagar airport and advisory support to CAAN in the implementation of above upgrading works at Lukla, Jomsom and Jumla airports.

The project scope included design of following buildings:

  • Architectural, structural, electrical and sanitary design of new terminal building (floor area 1,020 m2) and control tower (floor area 256 m2) at Lukla Airport
  • Architectural, structural, electrical and sanitary design of new terminal building with control tower (CT) (floor area 1,500 m2) at Jomsom Airport

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Development and Implementation of Additional Infrastructures of Tribhuvan International Airport as per TIA Master Plan 2015 (Design and Construction Supervision)

Client: Civil Aviation Authority of Nepal (CAAN)
Funding Agency: CAAN
Period: September 2008 to June 2012
Consulting Association: GEOCE Consultants (P) Ltd, JOSHI Associates JV
Approx. Value of Services: Total NRs 15.92 million, GEOCE’s part- NRs 10.35 million
Professional Staff Input: National (120) person months, GEOCE’s part (110) person months

Salient Details

The Project was to develop additional infrastructures as per TIA Master Plan 2015 to enhance operational capacity of TIA. The consulting assignment was divided into two phases. Phase I: Design Phase comprised design of additional infrastructures – expansion of international apron (second phase); expansion and strengthening of domestic apron; aircraft maintenance base, hangar area and exit taxiways; and temporary domestic terminal building – divided into 4 packages. The cost estimates of these packages were US$ 24 million. This pahse also included preparation of pre-qualification and bid documents. Phase II: Construction Phase comprised of construction supervision of two packages of works (i) Package 1: Expansion of International Aircraft Apron (First Phase) and Equipment Yard  comprising site development, cement concrete pavement, drainage, electrical and other associated works (grease removal and repair of joint sealants from existing apron and equipment stand), NCB contract, FIDIC ; and (ii) Package 2: Runway and Taxiway Overlays comprising hot mix asphalt concrete resurfacing overlays of runway (3050×60 m) and 5 taxiways (total 85,000 sqm), ICB Contract, FIDIC. Total cost of the works contract was about US$ 4.5 million.

The project included design of following building:

  • Architectural, structural, MEP design of temporary terminal building (floor area 8,300 m2). Abundance of natural ventilation and light was emphasized in design.  

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Detail Design and Construction Supervision, Air Transport Capacity Enhancement Project (ADB Loan No 2581-NEP (SF) & Grant No. 0181-NEP (SF)

Client: Civil Aviation Authority of Nepal (CAAN)
Funding Agency: Asian Development Bank
Period: April 2010 to June 2017
Consulting Association: Japan Airport Consultants Inc., GEOCE Consultants (P) Ltd
Approx. Value of Services: JAC’s – US$ 3.68 million, GEOCE’s part- NRs 189.91 million
Professional Staff Input: International (120) and National (661) person months

Salient Details

The project will enhance safety and capacity at Tribhuvan International Airport (TIA) and three remote domestic airports-Lukla, Rara and Simikot. TIA’s airfield side infrastructure will be reconfigured and upgraded to international safety standards including provision or construction of (i) about 1,400 meters (m) of new main taxiways and link taxiways, (ii) 300 meters of runway extension and construction of runway end safety area, (iii) new international apron (about 80,000 m2), (v) an uninterrupted power supply system for essential airfield and security area lights, (vi) CNS and ATM equipment, and (vii) upgrading of rescue and firefighting system. TIA’s terminal infrastructure will be reconfigured and expanded. Basic safety improvements at the three remote domestic airports include a visual approach guidance system (VAGS) and abbreviated precision approach path indicator (APAPI) at Lukla airport, and runway threshold identification and runway end lights, CNS/ATM and MET equipment at Simikot and Rara airports. The project cost is about US$ 92 million.  

The consulting services consisted of detail engineering design, procurement of works and equipment, project management assistance and construction supervision of airports upgrading/improvement works. The consulting services were provided in two phases: Design Phase (April to December 2012) and Construction Supervision Phase (September 2012 to March 2017).

The scope of work  included following buildings:

  • Architectural, structural, MEP design and construction supervision for (i) expansion and reconfiguration of international terminal building (departure gate 2000 m2, arrival bus station 240 m2, additional baggage claim 1200 m2, reconfiguration of departure area, check-in counters, immigrations, security check and passenger lounge);
  • Architectural, structural, MEP design of new Domestic Terminal Building (10,000 m2);
  • Architectural, structural and electrical design and construction supervision of Power Stations (P-1 expansion, P-2 relocation, generator house and pump house of water supply.

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Air Transport Project Preparatory Consultant, Transport Project Preparatory Facility (ADB Grant No. 0227-NEP (SF))

Client: Civil Aviation Authority of Nepal (CAAN) 
Funding Agency: Asian Development Bank
Period: November 2015 to October 2017
Consulting Association: ADP Ingenierie, GEOCE Consultants (P) Ltd, PT Osana International, ATDMPL
Approx. Value of Services: Total US$ 5.35 million, GEOCE’s part- NRs 69.5 million
Professional Staff Input: International (101) and National (290) person months. GEOCE’s part 224 person months

Salient Details

Transport Project Preparatory Facility Project aims to enhance transport connectivity through improved efficiency in air transport. The project comprises detail design of the air transport project and capacity development support for the preparation and implementation of PPP projects in air transport sector.

The scope of consulting services was to review and update current master plan (2010-2028) of TIA; to carry out detail engineering design of airside and landslide infrastructures for ultimate development plan (2028) and preparation of bidding documents for procurement of works and equipment; and to assist CAAN to undertake public-private partnership project in the air transport sector.

The project included design of various buildings:

  • Architectural, structural, MEP design of (i) new International Terminal Building, 3 levels, floor area 103,160 m2,  capacity 7 MPax; (ii) Nepal Airlines Hangar, floor area 10,606 m2 ; (iii) Nepal Army Hangar, floor area 9,076 m2 and (iv) new VVIP Building, floor area 800 m2 .
  • Architectural, mechanical and electrical design for conversion of existing international terminal building (22,000 m2) to domestic terminal building.
  • Architectural, structural, electrical and  sanitary design of 42 types, total 108 buildings, aggregate floor area 75,120 m2) for relocation of Nepal Army Establishments to east side of the airport. The buildings comprise of offices, canteen, quarters, gymnasium, stores, workshops etc for Air Defense Unit, Explosive Ordinance Division, Engineering Division and Aviation Division.

Architectural, structural and electrical design of expansion of Cargo Terminal (2,145 m2).

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Bridge Upgrading and Maintenance Project [CNTR 97 3932, Nepal]

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Client: Department Roads
Funding Agency: Department for International Development (DFID)
Period: June, 1998 to December ,2002
Consulting Association: WSP International, UK, GEOCE Consultants (P) Ltd
Approx. Value of Services: Total- US$ 2.37 million, WSP-US$ 2.04 million GEOCE’s part- US$ 0.333 million
Professional Staff Input: International (110) and National (102) person months

Salient Details:

The purpose of the project was to develop and enhance Nepal’s bridge sector, by extending the use of local materials, using appropriate technologies and engaging local communities in the construction and maintenance of bridges.  It was the first bridge project in Nepali road sector aimed at strengthening the DOR’s capacity to manage the bridge assets in the Strategic Road Network (SRN) and enhance the Private sector skills to provide bridge design, construction and maintenance services.  The project focus was to ensure all year use of two key roads (Narayanghat-Butwal section of East –West Highway and Biratnagar-Rangeli) on the national road network. The Project cost is US$ 6.65 million.

The scope of services was divided into two phase-Design and Construction Supervision. The  design phase services included  (i) engineering survey, hydrological survey and geotechnical investigation of 5 bridges and 4 large multi-cell culvert sites; (ii) bridge condition survey of 30 bridges identified for backlog maintenance; (iii) design of 2 bridges (more than 100 m length) to replace existing causeways at Jharai and Kawasoti in Butwal-Narayanghat section of East-West Highway and 3 bridges (Cheka, 40m; Judi, 25m; Chisang, 75m) and 4 large multiple cell culverts (Mariya, 5.5m; Baluwa, 10.5m; Gadiya, 9m and Kersiya, 15m) to replace  existing wooden bridges in Biratnagar-Rangeli road; and (iv) design of bridge maintenance measures for 30 bridges. Introduction of appropriate technologies for construction of deep bored foundation; introduction of use of local, bamboo construction, skills to construct temporary pedestrian bridges and soft river bunds and groynes to divert river flow; conduct a baseline and a social impact assessment survey on target communities living along the semi-urban road corridor and using this in developing contract documents aimed at greater engagement of local communities in the construction phase

In Construction Supervision Phase, the services consisted of (i) construction supervision of 4 RCC bridges and 5 large RCC culverts and associated works (approach roads 1 km, river training and bridge protection) divided into four works packages (Package A:Jharai Bridge, NRs. 35 million; Package B : Kawasoti Bridge, NRs 35 million; Package C : Cheka & Judi Bridges and Baluwa, Gadiya and Kersiya culverts, NRs. 55 million; and Package D : Chisang Bridge and Mariya culvert, NRs. 41 million); (ii) supervision of maintenance work for 30 bridges, which were undertaken in conjunction with respective Division Offices of the DoR; and (iii) assistance to DOR to improve and enhance bridge design and maintenance capability. Provided training to DOR staff in bridge unit and legal department to prepare defense material for arbitration hearings and organized seminar/workshops on dispute avoidance with purpose to raise sector-wide awareness on dispute resolution.

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Design and Procurement Assistance, Road Network Project [ADB Loan No 2187-BHU]

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Client: Department Roads, Bhutan
Funding Agency: Asian Development Bank
Period: August 2006 to December 2007
Consulting Association: Druk Consultancy, GEOCE Consultants (P) Ltd
Approx. Value of Services: Total-US$ 282,555; GEOCE’s part US$ 170,000
Professional Staff Input: International (32) and National (8) person months. GEOCE provided international staff

Salient Details:

Road Network Project comprised of: (i) periodic maintenance, rehabilitation and improvement of Trongsa-Gelephu National Highway (i.e.NH3) in about 121 km selected sections (i.e. Gelephu-Tingtibi, 97.6 km and Kuenga Rabten – Trongsa, 23 km); construction of about 16 km realignment of NH3 (between Tingtibi and Wangdigang bridge): and upgrading of two bridges (Wangdigang and Yeshigang); and (ii) construction of 4 new feeder roads -111 km, which include Autsho-Garbagtang (54 km) and Kharthungla-Kangpara (34.5 km) in the eastern region and Mirchim-Bongo (16.5 km)and Tekizam-Bjena(6.4 km) in the western region. Moreover, the project will contribute to enhance capacity of DOR for managing road asset; and equip to develop private sector participation in domestic construction industry. The project cost is US$ 34.1 million.

The scope of services:

  • Design of periodic maintenance, rehabilitation and improvement of 121 km sections of NH3; major services  included engineering surveys, road inventory survey, pavement surveys and investigation, geological study and geotechnical investigation of landslides, construction material survey, drainage study; design of geometry improvement, retaining structures, drainage improvement (side drains, culverts and causeways), landslide stabilization (11 major landslide/road sinking spots), gully erosion protection,  pavement (strengthening with asphalt concrete and granular overlays, resurfacing with DBST), river protection, bioengineering, road and traffic safety measures. Many of these major landslides encompass road sinking, which was unfavourable to road serviceability and involved constant maintenance of road. The landslides/road sinking was triggered due to poor water management, river action and specific site problems with geology and topography. The design included stabilization measures with specialized techniques such as anchor retaining walls, sub-surface drainage, which was combined with conventional measures to enable effectiveness, economy, and use of available construction technology.
  • Design review and finalization of Realignment of NH3 (8.4 km) comprising design update/redesign of road geometry as required to improve mass balance, rock slope protection, drainage (side drain and culverts), and DBST pavement.
  • Design review and finalization of bridge upgrading comprising Wangdigang and Yeshigang bridges. The design for upgrading of these existing Bailey bridges consisted of (43 m and 34 m, single span, steel bridges with RCC deck). Yeshigang Bridge was partly damaged due to floods in 2004.
  • Design review and finalization of 4 feeder roads and bridges, which included (Tekizam-Bjena, Mirchim-Bongo, and sections of Autsho-Garbagtang and Kharthungla-Kangpara – total 66 km) and 9 bridges -2 no RCC (15 and 25 m span) and 7 no Bailey bridges-18 to 58 m span).
  • Preparation of Resettlement Plans (RPs) of 4 feeder roads as per ADB’s Policy on Involuntary Resettlement (1995). The Handbook on Resettlement: A Guide to Good Practice (1998) and agreed resettlement framework.
  • Update of Environmental Management Plan (EMP) for road and bridge works. This included update of EMP prepared at the time of PPTA. The updated EMP included general and site specific consideration to avoid/mitigate any negative environmental impact. The project sections of NH3 and its realignment section pass through protected national parks.
  • Preparation of bid documents including evaluation criteria for procurement of civil works contracts based on Single Stage, Two Envelope bidding system using Standard Bidding Documents (SBD)-Procurement of Works of ADB.  Technical specifications were prepared to enable self- contained scope and coverage.
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Road Improvement Project, Detail Survey, Engineering Design and Construction Supervision of Sanfebagar-Mangalsen and Sanfebagar-Martadi Road

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Client: Department Roads
Funding Agency: Exim Bank India
Period: August 2007 to July 2013
Consulting Association: GEOCE Consultants (P) Ltd, Soil Test (P) Ltd and Full Bright Consultants (P) Ltd JV
Approx. Value of Services: Total-NRs 27.2 Million; GEOCE’s part NRs 18.1 million.
Professional Staff Input: National (116) person months.

Salient Details:

Road Improvement Project is one of recent major road upgrading projects in Neal. It included upgrading and construction of about 600 km feeder roads in 13 stretches of the Strategic Road Network (SRN). RIP included upgrading of 97 km roads comprising of Sanfebagar-Mangalsen (39 km) and Safebagar-Martadi (57km) roads to provide connectivity with district headquarters of Accham and Bajura in Far Western Development Region. 

The scope of services included:

  1. Survey and design of upgrading of Sanfebagar – Barjugad section (31 km) of Sanfebagar-Martadi Road comprising realignment, completion of earthworks, drainage, structures, river protection,  slope stabilization, gully erosion protection and pavement with Otta seal surfacing; and design of new road construction from Km 43 to 57;
  2. Socio-economic baseline study of both roads;
  3. Initial Environmental Examination (IEE) of upgrading section  of Sanfebagar-Martadi Road from Km 15 to Km 31 and update of IEE of Km 0 to 15 and EIA of Km 43 to Km 57 and preparation of site EMAP for these sections; land acquisition and resettlement plan for new construction section (Km 43 to 57); and
  4. Construction supervision of upgrading and new construction of Sanfebagar-Martadi Road (57 km) and upgrading of Sanfebagar-Mangalsen (39 km) to bituminous standard.

The works were carried out under two ICB contracts (total value about US$ 8.925 million).

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First Year Periodic Maintenance Program, Road Sector Development Project (IDA Grant No. H339-NEP)

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Client: Department Roads
Funding Agency: World Bank
Period: March 2008 to February 2011
Consulting Association: GEOCE Consultants (P) Ltd, MULTI and GEC JV
Approx. Value of Services: Total-NRs 19.8 Million; GEOCE’s part NRs 11.89million.
Professional Staff Input: National (83) person months.

Salient Details:

Road Sector Development Project (RSDP) as follow on of Road Maintenance and Development Project (RMDP) assimilates three components – upgrading of about 364 km hill roads to all weather sealed gravel standards enhancing accessibility of 6 district headquarters; periodic maintenance of 500 km strategic roads; and institutional strengthening. The consulting assignment was for design and construction supervision of periodic maintenance of 182 km roads. Major scope of services included:

1. Preliminary Assessment

Preliminary assessment of 9 candidate roads (total 192 km), which included preliminary survey, analysis, ranking, prioritization and selection of total 182 km length of following road/road sections for periodic maintenance under FYPM. This was done following DOR Policy on Periodic Maintenance Planning.

  • Nagarjun-Tandi road, Nagarjun-Thulo Khola section of Kathmandu-Trishuli Road, 9.7 km
  • Pipalbot-Naubise-Simle road section of Tribhuvan Rajpath, 21.6 km
  • Mugling Bridge-Anbukhaireni section of Prithivi Highway, 7.2 km
  • Anbukhaireni-Gorkha Road, 24.7 km
  • Butwal-Kothi road section of East-West Highway, 22.5 km
  • Hetauda-Pathalaiya road, Chure-Pathlaiya section 19.2 km
  • Birgunj-Kalaiya road, Dudhaura Khola-Kalaiya section, 6.3 km
  • Biratnagar-Itahari-Dharan-Bhedetar road section of Koshi Highway, 50 km
  • Kakarbhitta-Mawa section of East-West Highway, 20.9 km (selected stretches)

2. Design and Preparation of Bid Documents

  • Survey and investigation comprising visual survey, pavement strength evaluation survey, confirmatory soil investigation, traffic and axle load surveys (13 locations), appraisal of off-road works (i.e. road inventory survey) and construction materials survey.
  • Pavement design comprising resurfacing with DBST, strengthening of asphalt concrete and crushed stone base overlay,
  • Design of drainage improvement
  • Design of essential off-road works (retaining structures, minor bridge maintenance)
  • Preparation of environmental and  social management plan 
  • Preparation of bid documents for procurement of civil works contracts for periodic maintenance intervention using WB, Standard Bidding Documents, May 2006

3. Construction Supervision

  • Construction supervision, contract administration and quality control of periodic maintenance works of 160 km roads/road sections divided into 7 contract packages. Total value of works NRs 307.9 million.
  • Assistance to Division Road Offices-Kathmandu, Bharatpur, Damauli, Butwal, Hetauda, Morang and Jhapa in implementation of periodic maintenance works.
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Road Network Project, Construction Supervision Consulting Services [ADB Loan No 2187-BHU], Bhutan

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Client: Department Roads, Bhutan
Funding Agency: Asian Development Bank
Period: August 2008 to June 2011
Consulting Association: WSP Imc, UK, GEOCE Consultants (P) Ltd, Nepal & Druk Consultancy, Bhutan
Approx. Value of Services: Total-US$ 1.19 Million; GEOCE’s part US$ 450,000
Professional Staff Input: International (27) Regional and National (108 and 90) person months.

 
Salient Details:

Road Network Project comprised of: (i) periodic maintenance, rehabilitation and improvement of Trongsa-Gelephu National Highway (i.e.NH3) in about 121 km selected sections (i.e. Gelephu-Tingtibi, 97.6 km and Kuenga Rabten – Trongsa, 23 km); construction of about 16 km realignment of NH3 (between Tingtibi and Wangdigang bridge): and upgrading of two bridges (Wangdigang and Yeshigang); and (ii) construction of 4 new feeder roads -111 km, which include Autsho-Garbagtang (54 km) and Kharthungla-Kangpara (34.5 km) in the east and Mirchim-Bongo (16.5 km) and Tekizam-Bjena(6.4 km) in the west. Moreover, the project will contribute to enhance capacity of DOR for managing road asset; and equip to develop private sector participation in domestic construction industry. The project cost is US$ 34.1 million.

The scope of services include Construction supervision of periodic maintenance of 121 km, Gelephu-Tingtibi and Kuenga Rabten-Trongsa sections of NH 3 and upgrading of Wangdigang and Yeshigang bridges (43 m and 34 m spans respectively, steel bridge with RCC deck) (divided into four contract packages GT01, GT02, GT03 and GT04) and 16 km new construction of realignment (Tingtibi-Wangdigang) of NH3 (divided into two contract packages GT05 and GT06); and construction of 4 feeder roads (Tekizam-Bjena, FR03, 6.4 km; Mirchim-Bongo,FR01, 16.5 km; and sections (Autsho-Gumrang, FR04, 15km; Garbatang-Chali, FR07,12 km and Kharungla-Growanchu, FR08,16.3 km) of Autsho-Garbagtang and Kharungla-Kangpara – total 66.1 km and 9 bridges-2 RCC and 7 Bailey bridges-18 to 58 m span) divided into 5 contract packages. 

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Road Improvement Project; Construction Supervision of Road Upgrading Works, Package B

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Client: Department Roads
Funding Agency: Exim Bank India
Period: November 2008 to July 2013
Consulting Association: GEOCE Consultants (P) Ltd, Soil Test (P) Ltd and Himal Integrated (P) Ltd JV
Approx. Value of Services: Total-NRs 68.91 Million; GEOCE’s part NRs 41.34 million
Professional Staff Input: National (279) person months.

Salient Details:

Road Improvement Project is one of recent major road upgrading projects in Neal. It included upgrading and construction of about 600 km feeder roads in 13 stretches of the Strategic Road Network (SRN). Package B included upgrading of 123 km roads comprising of Chandranigahapur-Gaur (44 km), Hilepani-Diktel (Hilepani-Halesi section, 40km), Maldhunga-Beni (13 km) and Basantpur-Myaglung (including two urban road stretches, 26 km) in Rautahat, Khotang, Myagdi and Tehrathum districts.

The scope of services comprised of:

  1. Design Update and Preparation of Tender Documents for upgrading of Basantpur-Myaglung Road including two urban road stretches
  • Review existing design and identify additional survey and design requirements for upgrading the remaining road section.
  • Additional engineering surveys to establish/re-establish control points, carry out confirmatory survey to update the existing design to DOR Feeder Roads Standard, road inventory survey and identify retaining structures and drainage works required for road upgrading.
  • Review existing subgrade soil investigation, conduct terrain evaluation and assess pavement support for design of sealed gravel pavement.
  • Review and confirm source of construction materials for road upgrading.
  • Update geometry design to DOR Feeder Roads Standard.
  • Pavement design with Otta seal or other appropriate treatment options with specific consideration to stability of such treatments at steep grade, narrow curves, and problematic areas with regard to slope stability and drainage for remaining road section.
  • Design of drainage and cross-drainage works for proper water management for remaining road section.
  • Design of landslide protection and stabilization measures.
  • Cost estimate and BOQ of road upgrading works.
  • Prepare tender documents based on Standard Bid Documents and technical specifications
2. Construction Supervision of improvement of Chandranigahapur-Gaur (44 km) road to double lane standard feeder road with DBST, and upgrading of Hilepani-Diktel (Hilepani-Halesi section, 40km), Maldhunga-Beni (13 km) and Basantpur-Myaglung (including two urban road stretches, 26 km) to intermediate lane standard feeder roads with Otta seal. Total construction cost of these roads upgrading/improvement was about NRs 850 million.