Road Connectivity Project (ADB TA-NEP 7411)

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Client: Asian Development Bank/Department Roads
Funding Agency: Asian Development Bank
Period: April to December, 2010
Consulting Association: WSP International, UK, GEOCE Consultants (P) Ltd
Approx. Value of Services: Total- US$ 485,500, WSP-US$ 320,500 GEOCE’s part- US$ 165,000
Professional Staff Input: International (12) and National (30) person months

Salient Details:

Project preparatory technical assistance (PPTA) comprising of (i) an infrastructure investment component which will finance upgrading/rehabilitation of approximately 300 km of the Strategic Road Network (SRN); and (ii) institutional development and capacity development component aimed at increasing the sustainability of the investment and enhancing on-going sector initiatives. The cost estimates of road and bridge upgrading/rehabilitation works was about US$ 62 million.

The consulting services were to carry out relevant studies, field investigations, preliminary designs, cost estimates, feasibility studies, safeguard analyses, and development of implementation arrangements required in support of the ADB project loan preparation.  The principal activities include:

  1. Road Prioritization Study to select 300 km of road for inclusion in RCP from a long list of approximately 600 km of candidate roads.
  2. Feasibility Study for upgrading of 285 km roads comprising 8 roads (Ramapur-Lumbini-Kakarhawa, 34 km; Manthali-Ramechhap, 14 km;  Halesi-Diktel, 38 km; Leguwaghat-Bhojpur, 65 km; Leguwaghat-Tumlingtar 25 km; EWH-Koshi Bridge (Chatara)-EWH, 71 km, Ghinaghat-Biratchowk, 22 km; and Mechipul-Chandragadhi-Birtamod, 16 km)
  3. Engineering Study including field surveys, identification and assessment of improvement options, engineering design, drawings, cost estimates and contract packaging.
  4. Engineering survey, site investigation, design, drawings and cost estimate and contract packaging of 28 motorable bridges (length of individual bridge 12 to 325 m, RCC T beam, Prestressed and steel plate girder). The bridges were Sukhajor Khola (62 m) on Manthali-Ramechhap Road; Khar Khola (16.7 m) and Bhalu Khola (16.7m) on Leguwaghat-Tumlingtar (Sabha Khola); Hakraha Khola (16.7 m), Datta Kichha Khola (26.5 m), Sardu (Sunsari) Khola (33 m), Patnali Khola 1(62 m), Patnali Khola 2 (20.7 m), Bagh Khola (12 m), Karam Khola (25 m), Gauri Khola (20.7m ), Chhinna Mastak Khola (20.7 m), Bagundre Khola (16.7m), Bairawa Khola (51m), Seti Khola (62 m), Jarayo Khola (20.7m), Khar Khola (16.7 m), Yasodha Khola (40.8 m), Muti Khola (33 m), Jogini Khola (16m), Katari Khola (40.8m), Sisuwa Khola (51m), Gideri Khola (103.5m), Kali Khola (40.8m), Trijuga Khola (325m) Chandra Canal Alt1 (16m) and Chandra Canal Alt 2 (51m) on EWH-Koshi Bridge (Chatara)-EWH Road.
  5. Economic Analysis covering traffic forecasts and economic appraisal of improvement options under sensitivity and risk scenarios.
  6. Capacity Assessment of Executing/Implementing Agency procurement and financial management capacity.
  7. Preparation of design and monitoring framework and performance monitoring system.

Upgrading/Widening of Roads to Six Lane Standard, Package 4: Rani-Biratnagar-Itahari-Dharan Road; Asset Management, Contract Management and Quality Control Project (ACQMP)

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Client: Department Roads
Funding Agency: Government of Nepal
Period: July 2010 to May 2011
Consulting Association: GEOCE Consultants (P) Ltd
Approx. Value of Services: NRs 6.46 million
Professional Staff Input: National (22) person months

Salient Details:

Package 4 of ACQMP comprised design, IEE and preparation of contract documents and Detailed Project Report (DPR) for upgrading/widening of 49 km section of Koshi Highway from Rani-Biratnagar-Itahari-Dharan (i.e. project road) to 6 lane standard. This package also included 3 bypass roads (i.e. Rani Bypass-5.2 km. Duhabi Bypass-1.54 km and Dharan Bypass-1.9 km) to ease road widening along major urban areas of Biratnagar, Duhabi and Dharan) and new bridges-Budhi Khola, SMIP Main Canal Crossing and Seuti Khola. The cost estimate for widening of project road, bypass roads and bridges is NRs 5,998.6 Million.

The scope of services was divided into 5 components:

Component 1: Detailed Design of Road and Other Structures

  • Engineering survey, road alignment improvement survey, road inventory survey, survey of utilities to be relocated, geotechnical survey, hydrological survey/drainage study, materials availability survey, traffic survey and road safety audit
  • Detailed design of alignment upgrading/widening and new alignment (in case of Duhabi Bypass); pavement (existing pavement-asphalt concrete overlay and reconstruction, new asphalt concrete pavement for widening, rigid pavement for bus laybys); drainage improvement (side drains, sub surface drain, culverts;  road side facilities (bus laybys, bus stop, bus shelter, side walk); and traffic and road safety measures (median and side barriers, guard rail and delineators; road markings and traffic signs; overhead traffic signs; traffic light signals and street lights); and utilities (electric, telecom, optical fiber and water supply) relocation.
  • Detail drawings and cost estimates and BoQ
  • Scheduling and contract packaging

Component 2: Detailed Design of Bridges

  • Engineering survey, hydrological analysis
  • Bridge site and bridge type study
  • Soil investigation (boring 168 m, SPT, sampling and lab testing)
  • Detailed design of bridges- Budhi Khola, 92 m, 2 lane with foot path, well foundation, pre-stressed; SMIP Main Canal Crossing, span 22 m, 6 lane with side walk, RCC T beam, open foundation; and Seuti Khola, 36 m, 2 lane, pre-stressed, open foundation)

Component 3: Initial Environmental Examination

  • Preparation of ToR
  • Property acquisition survey
  • IEE study

Component 4: Preparation of Contract Documents

  • Preparation of bid documents for each contract package
  • Preparation of special provisions of Technical Specifications

Component 5: Preparation of DPR

  • Preparation of report comprising summary of design and IEE

Rajapur Irrigation Rehabilitation Project

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Client: Department of Irrigation
Funding Agency: Asian Development Bank
Period: March 1994 to December 2000
Consulting Association: Mott Mac Donald, Sir William Halcrow, EAST Consult and GEOCE Consultants (P) Ltd
Approx. Value of Services: GEOCE part- NRs 11.5 million
Professional Staff Input: International (37) National (104) person months

Salient Details:

The project consists of one of the largest farmer managed irrigation schemes in Nepal. It comprises 15,800 GCA and 13,160 CCA on the island formed by Karnali and Genuwa rivers. The project area covers 11 VDCs and population of 98,615 (census 2000). Existing 6 systems were integrated to a single irrigation project. Main features of the project comprised rehabilitation of irrigation systems including headworks/intake at Karnali and Genuwa; irrigation distribution structures; river training, drainage; construction of road (total 37 km) and bridges (total 8 nos. above 10 m span). The project cost was approximately US $ 20 million.

The scope of services included detail design and construction supervision of irrigation works, roads and bridges. Major services provided consisted of

  • topography surveys of irrigation, roads and bridges;
  • geotechnical investigation of major irrigation structures, roads,  bridges (8 no) and major canal crossings;
  • hydrological study of bridge sites;
  • design of irrigation intake structures, weir cum offtakes, head regulators etc;
  • design of flood protection and river training works;
  • design of roads (East West 13 km and North-South 24 km) including drainage and cross drainage;
  • design of bridges (Budhi Kulo, 60 m; Maila Nala, 23 m; Rataiya Nala I & II,10 m and 14.5 m; Dhobinipur Jharan, Duranagar Kulo, Dalai Kulo and Patabhar Kulo, each 10 m)
  • preparation of drawings, cost estimates
  • preparation of bidding documents for ICB and LCB
  • assistance to procurement of works
  • assist and advise the project for construction supervision and quality control of irrigation, river training, road and bridge works by LCB and ICB contracts as per FIDIC 4.

Community Groundwater Irrigation Sector Project

Client: Department of Irrigation
Funding Agency: Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA)
Period: August 1998 to April 2006
Consulting Association: Canadian Centre for International Studies and Co-operation (CECI), GEOCE Consultants (P) Ltd
Approx. Value of Services: CECI- US$ 2.4 million, GEOCE- NRs 10 million
Professional Staff Input: International National (200) and National (164) person months

Design and implementation of groundwater irrigation project to provide irrigation facilities to 60,000 ha of land and benefit 657,000 people of 110,000 households of which 50 percent live below the poverty line in 12 districts in the Terai of Central and Eastern Development Regions.

Salient Details:

The main objective of the project was to increase agricultural productivity on sustainable basis; to improve incomes of small farmers through participatory, demand driven and integrated group shallow tube well development, and increase capacity development of water users groups. The project covers 12 districts in the Tarai of Central and Eastern Development Regions. It will provide irrigation facilities to an additional 60,000 ha of land and benefit 657,000 people of 110,000 households of which 50 % live below the poverty line. The project is expected to have a direct and positive impact on crop production and farm incomes and increase rural employment opportunities and poverty alleviation.  Project Cost was US $ 42.8 million.

The scope of services consisted of preparation and implementation of Management Plan for institutional strengthening and capacity building of different units of the project viz. Project Management Unit, Environmental Unit, Groundwater Field Offices, Technology Transfer Centre and Training Unit, Shallow Tubewell Development Section.

The details of services comprised of

  • Farmer needs assessment among STW farmers in the Project area and assist in the planning of the irrigated agriculture research programs to be undertaken by Nepal Agriculture Research Centre;
  • Design and planning of activities to demonstrate improved irrigated agricultural techniques and crops to farmers and to motivate and training them to adoption of new approaches;
  • Development of an integrated pest management (program, including appropriate training courses for farmers and agricultural workers;
  • Preparation of the training programs including planning and co-ordination of the field training and the overseas tours,
  • Conduct training to Department of Irrigation, Department of Agriculture, Nepal Rastra Bank (NRB), PFI and NGO Staffs;
  • Planning and design of small technology transfer training to STW drillers and pump maintenance and repair mechanics;
  • Monitoring and evaluation of the impact and effectiveness of the various trainings;

Irrigation Development Project-Mid Western Development Region

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Client: Department of Irrigation
Funding Agency: European Commission
Period: January 1998 to July 2002
Consulting Association: GITEC Consult GmbH, GEOCE Consultants (P) Ltd
Approx. Value of Services: GITEC- US$ 2.1 million, GEOCE- NRs 58.28 million
Professional Staff Input: International National (132) and National (829) person months

Salient Details:

The  main aim of the project was to uplift the economic condition of the project area specific to the selected irrigation sub-projects by community based organization and activities by providing irrigation facilities to increase the agriculture production which would be the supported by number of activities such as environment protection, women development, non-formal education and agriculture extension service. Approximate Project Cost was EU 8.1 million.

Main scope of work included:

Design and implementation of irrigation systems in four districts (Kalikot, Surkhet, Dailekh and Banke) of Mid-Western Development Region covering 4,400 ha command area under the participatory scheme development and programme process. The details of services comprised of

  • Preparation of inventory for potential irrigation resources;
  • Development of participatory scheme development and programme process;
  • Feasibility studies, detailed design and construction supervision of surface and groundwater irrigation sub-projects and related infrastructures (e.g. farm to market roads);
  • Quality assurance and quality control in construction;
  • Water management;
  • Agriculture support and extension;
  • Monitoring and evaluation;
  • Environmental impact assessment, conservation and protection;
  • Institutional development of community based organizations such as water users groups, forest users groups, non-formal education groups etc.;
  • Training to the beneficiaries in various aspects of community development, implementation of development programmes such as irrigation system, farm roads,  agriculture development programmes, community forest etc.; and
  • Training to staff of Department of Irrigation, Department of Agriculture and NGOs in their respective fields.

Detailed Study for the Preparation of River Training Master Plan of West Rapti River, Banke

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Client: Department of Water Induced Disaster Prevention
Funding Agency: Government of Nepal
Period: June 2007 to May 2009
Consulting Association: PRECAR-GEOCE JV
Approx. Value of Services: NRs 2.03 million, GEOCE- NRs 0.8 million
Professional Staff Input: National (14) person months

Salient Details:

Preparation of master plan of river training works of West Rapti River from Agaiya (East West Rapti) to Indo-Nepal Border.

The scope of services include

  • Cross-sectional and longitudinal surveys of the West Rapti River from Agaiya to the foot of the hill up to the Indo-Nepal border (42 km) indicating existing river training works, damages caused by the river and spots prone to river bank retreat and inundation in future;
  • River-layout survey, Bench-Mark survey and Flood-mark survey simultaneously;
  • Bed sediment survey of the whole river reach at sample locations representing the bed sediment pattern;
  • Socio-economic impact assessment due to floods and erosions in the past 10 years by adopting RRA and PRA methodologies and identified required parameters for IEE study as per Environmental Regulation 2054;
  • Preparation of appropriate structural as well as non-structural flood mitigation measures such as watershed management, river control and community development components;
  • Socio-economic and river morphological impact assessment of the proposed flood mitigation plan and quantified the outcome;
  • Hydraulic and hydrologic analysis using HEC RAS software for simulating the flow derived for different return periods by inputting the X-sectional and L-sectional survey data obtained from the field survey. Determined the embankment height and other parameters and interpreted the results in GIS based module;
  • Identified the areas that would be reclaimed after the implementation of the proposed works and suggested ways in which such reclaimed land areas could be utilized for other purposes;
  • Detailed design/drawings and cost estimates of river control works  for the given river stretch West Rapti River;

Preparation of Subproject Preparation Report including IEE, Agricultural Development Plan and Livelihood Plan of 42 Irrigation Subprojects of Batch II; Community Managed Irrigated Agricultural Sector Project

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Client: Department of Irrigation
Funding Agency: Asian Development Bank
Period: July 2009 to December 2010
Consulting Association: GITEC – PRECAR- EAST – GEOCE JV
Approx. Value of Services: Total- NRs 19 million
Professional Staff Input: National (117) person months

Salient Details:

The Project has two components:(i) participatory irrigated agriculture development for farmer-managed irrigation systems (FMIS) comprising  improvement of agriculture productivity and sustainability of about 210 existing FMIS (covering 34,000 ha command area) suffering from low productivity and high poverty incidence, and thus enhance the livelihood of about 270,000 poor men and women including ethnic minorities and dalit living in the project area; and (ii) institutional strengthening and project management (ISPM) component to culminate in operation of mechanisms for improved service delivery to develop productive and sustainable FMIS through further improved irrigation policies, regulations, and plans; strengthened Department of Irrigation (DOI) (in terms of human resources and management capacity), Department of Agriculture (DOA), local governance institutions (LGIs), and WUAs; and enhanced institutional linkages to deliver services in coordination with NGOs and the private sector. The project covered 35 districts of Central and Eastern Regions. The project cost is US$ 22 M.

The scope of work included Feasibility study and preparation of Sub-project Preparation Report (SPPR) of following 42 irrigation subprojects of Batch II covering aggregate 5,106 ha command area. The scope of study also included IEE, Resettlement Plan, Agricultural Development Plan and Livelihood Enhancement Plan and preparation of Sub-project Preparation Report (SPPR). SPPR is a feasibility level study by using GPS tracking field survey. IEE Report and Resettlement Plan were carried out in accordance with Safeguard Policy Statement (SPS) of Asian Development Bank.

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Name of Sub-project

Location

C A in ha

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Name of Sub-project

Location

C A in ha

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Name of Sub-project

Location

C A in ha

1

Hattisar

Terahthum

76

15

Dobhan ISP

Okhaldunga

81

29

Diwalitole

Makwanpur

25

2

Hinguwa

Terahthum

83

16

Haribole

Okhaldunga

44

30

Ghoptebhir

Ramechhap

31

3

Bajrahi Guthi

Saptari

216

17

Kampek

Solukhumbu

61

31

Milti khola

Ramechap

39

4

Balan

Saptari

206

18

Charchare

Solukhumbu

64

32

Betegauda

Rasuwa

59

5

Mainawati

Siraha

304

19

Bagaiya Jamuni

Bara

217

33

Lamasoti Kundale

Rasuwa

32

6

Saraswoti

Khola

Siraha

201

20

Manikarnika-gahat

Bhaktapur

25

34

Lohiniya

Rautahat

200

7

Nagin Sarkari Kulo

Panchthar

101

21

Champawoti

Bhaktapur

25

35

Gaindatar

Rautahat

254

8

Labung Lewa

Panchthar

77

22

Niurenipani

Chitwan

69

36

Parwanipur Kalinjor

Sarlahi

395

9

Khahare Chuwabote

Taplejung

25

23

Riutamtagaghar

Chitwan

122

37

Banke Baba

Sarlahi

269

10

Unnat Katunje

Taplejung

39

24

Kamichaur

Dolakha

25

38

Tari

Sindhuli

32

11

Janta Kulo

Sankhuwas-abha

91

25

Srabesi

Dolakha

25

39

Bhaluwahi Barikulo

Sindhuli

270

12

Sahutar

Sankhuwasabha

31

26

Koirale Khola

Kathmandu

25

40

Thaljing Budepa

Sindhupalchok

48

13

Gaunfark

Khotang

109

27

Mahankal

Kathmandu

50

41

Ripini Dhotar

Sindhupalchok

32

14

Mewa Khola

Khotang

47

28

Motipur

Makwanpur

74

42

Vilwa Jamuni

Bara

876

Environment Impact Assessment Study of Bhote Koshi-5 Hydroelectric Project (60 MW)

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Client: Kalika Energy (P) Ltd
Funding Agency: Kalika Energy (P) Ltd
Period: February 2013 to March 2018
Consulting Association: GEOCE Consultants (P) Ltd
Approx. Value of Services: NRs 3.5 million
Professional Staff Input: National (16) person months

Salient Details

Bhote Koshi-5 Hydroelectric Project is a run-off river project of installed capacity 60 MW and it is being developed as cascade scheme of Middle Bhote Koshi Hydroelectric Project (102 MW). Main features of the project include intake portal (80x20m), headrace tunnel (7.635 km) and surface power house. The power generation capacity of the project is 186 GWH/year. The project cost is estimated at US$ 81.5 million.

The scope of EIA study include public notice, preparation of scoping document and ToR, preparation of field study, data collection and analysis, assessment of environmental impacts on physical, biological and socio-cultural aspects and their mitigation measures, preparation of environmental management plan, Public hearing and preparation of EIA report. The EIA study is carried out as per Environmental Protection Regulation of Government of Nepal.

EIA Study of 132 kV Transmission Line for Middle Bhote Koshi – 1 Hydroelectric Project

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Client: Tara Energy (P) Ltd
Funding Agency: Tara Energy (P) Ltd
Period: April 2013 to March 2015
Consulting Association: HES-GEOCE- Nepal Consult
Approx. Value of Services: NRs 800,000
Professional Staff Input: National (12) person months
Salient Details

Bhote Koshi-5 Hydroelectric Project -1 is a run-off river project of installed capacity 39 MW in Sindhuplachowk district. The power generated from this project is to be evacuated to connect with existing transmission line of Upper Bhote Koshi Hydropower Project. It will require 132 kV transmission line. Although the length of transmission line is short (384 m), the proposal of power evacuation has to go through the EIA process being located within the Gauri Shanker Conservation Area.

The scope of EIA study include public notice, preparation of scoping document and ToR, preparation of field study, data collection and analysis, assessment of environmental impacts on physical, biological and socio-cultural aspects and their mitigation measures, preparation of environmental management plan, Public hearing and preparation of EIA report. The EIA study was carried out as per Environmental Protection Regulation of Government of Nepal.

Evaluation of Social and Environmental Management Plan (SEMP) of Component A of Irrigation Water Resources Management Project

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Client: Department of Irrigation
Funding Agency: World Bank
Period: April 2012 to June 2014
Consulting Association: GEOCE Consultants (P) Ltd, PRECAR JV
Approx. Value of Services: Total NRs 9.8 million, GEOCE’s part-NRs 6.1 million.
Professional Staff Input: National (18) person months

Salient Details

Review and evaluation of the Social and Environmental Management Plan (SEMP) prepared for the rehabilitation of 111 no farmers managed irrigation systems (surface and ground water schemes) of Irrigation Water Resources Management Project (IWRMP) in three regions (Western, Mid-western and Far Western) and Kankai Irrigation Project  (KIP) for management transfer.

The main objective of the study was

  • Verify compliance with social and environmental requirements process and procedures as defined in ISEA/SEMF Project Administration Document and other project documents
  • Verification of the community participation in the preparation of SEMP
  • Collection of post construction social and environmental data of the project area
  • Assessment of environmental and social impacts which occurred due to project implementation
  • Evaluate the variation and the effectiveness of the mitigation measures
  • Suggest corrective measures

The scope of services included:

  • End-term evaluation of the implementation of ISEA/SEMF, and SEMPs of111 sub projects and KIP
  • Review and assessment of the project documents, check inclusion of social and environmental mitigations required by ISEA/SEMF and SEMP in the subproject documents and costs, collection of field data , and collection of WUAs, beneficiary farmers and stakeholder’s views, coordination of this study with the line agencies, identification of remedial issues with corrective measures and preparation of socio-environmental audit report.
  • Study of physical project structure, WUA and beneficiary farmer’s community along with command area.
  • Field visit, sampling, questionnaire administration, interview and Group discussion with WUAs, beneficiary farmers’ community and related agencies
  • Assessment of various social issues such as loss of private land and immovable assets requiring involuntary acquisition for widening canal, head regulator and other structures either because of land acquisition or land donation;  loss of community resources and structures; loss of source of income and livelihood; health (including HIV/AIDS) and safety aspects of the labor and local people; water rights – equity issue; lack or inadequate consultation and participation; disparity in accessing project benefits; wage parity; issues related to gender and vulnerable sections of farming community; conflicts, disputes and grievance redress mechanism.
  • Assessment of environmental issues such as erosion and slope stability, spoil bank management, unsustainable withdrawal of water from the source (surface/ground water), excessive and unplanned quarrying of construction material,  impediment of movement of wild life, people and livestock, aggradation/ degradation of river bed, change in river morphology/ outflanking, sediment intrusion, water logging and drainage hazards, disposal of construction spoils, impacts on forest including loss of timber, vegetation and deforestation, or degradation of forest, impacts on wildlife and aquatic life including degradation or fragmentation of habitat and / or Loss of wildlife due to project activities/poaching/illegal fishing by labor, pollution and nuisance due to disposal of wastes from labor camp or workers’ sanitation, increased use of chemical pesticides and fertilizer, impacts on other natural resources (e.g. drinking water source etc).