Project Management and Capacity Building Consultants, Kathmandu Sustainable Urban Transport Project [ADB Loan No./Grant No. -2656/0212-NEP (SF)]

Project Info

  • Category

    Institutional Strengthening


Client: Ministry of Physical Infrastructure and Transport
Funding Agency: Asian Development Bank
Period: July, 2012 to October 2017
Consulting Association: SMEC- Brisbane City Enterprises Pty-Transport Planning (International)-GEOCE Consultants (P) Ltd.
Approx. Value of Services: Total-US$ 2.60 M and NRs 89.59M. GEOCE’s part- NRs 69.8 M
Professional Staff Input: International (91) and National (267) person months

Salient Details:

The Project is to improve the quality of urban life in the capital of Nepal, through the delivery of a more efficient, safe, and sustainable Urban Transport System (UTS), 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, and the test of this approach through the implementation of pilot routes provided with electric or other low emission vehicles; (ii) traffic management works and measures, which will enable heritage routes in the city cores to be pedestrianized, and will improve general walkability; and (iii) the improvement of air quality monitoring. Total project cost is US$ 30.42 million.

The services of Project Management and Capacity Building Consultants (PMCBC) were provided to Project Management and Coordination Office (PMCO) in planning, managing, implementing, monitoring and evaluating all Projects related activities; and Project Implementation Units (PIUs) established at five Implementing Agencies (IAs)-Ministry of Environment, Department of Roads, Department of Transport Management, Metropolitan Traffic Police Division and Kathmandu Metropolitan City for the project, through the PMCO, in various project implementation activities.

Main activities of Project Management and Capacity Building Consultants (PMCBC) were for:

  1. Overall project planning management and monitoring support to PMCO
  2. Baseline data and establishment of Project Performance Monitoring System
  3. Environmental and Social Safeguards Compliance Monitoring
  4. Regulatory and Technical Support, Component 1, Public Transport 
  5. Regulatory and Technical Support, Component 2, Traffic Management
  6. Regulatory and Technical Support, Component 3, Walkability improvements
  7. PPP and Financial Advisory Support
  8. Component 4, Air quality monitoring

The key outputs on Public Transport were capacity building and restructuring plan for Department of Transport Management, restructuring the Public Transport industry and network, assistance with commencement of the reform process, bus route franchising model, implementation of pilot routes, feasibility study of Mass Transit System, and awareness campaigns.