Strengthening Resilience of the Road and Drainage Network in Nepal’s Secondary Cities (Selection #1274867)

Client: The World Bank
Funding Agency: The World Bank
Period:Nov 2021 to Oct 2022
Consulting Association:Joint Venture of ICEM Asia and GEOCE Consultants (P) Ltd
Approx. Value of Services: Total US$ 299,500, GEOCE’s part- US$ 46,285
Professional Staff Input: ICEM- 9 person months and GEOCE-12 person months

Salient Details

The objective of this Technical Assistance is to support selected municipalities to address the issue of insufficient planning, design, quality, and high vulnerability of urban transport infrastructure to climate-related disasters in Nepal’s urban areas.

The work will contribute towards safeguarding the quality and sustainability of infrastructure investments under Nepal Urban Governance Infrastructure Project (NUGIP) (funded by World Bank) and improved capacity to develop and implement design guidelines at the national level.

The scope of consultant’s services comprises the following activities:

(1) Support City of Pokhara (second biggest city of Nepal) in the development of Road Assets Management System (RAMS) including integration of climate and disaster risk and vulnerability assessment;

(2) Support a selected strategically important municipality to undertake hazard mapping and vulnerability and risk assessment, in alignment with Risk Sensitive Land Use Plans and to help inform current and future investment and urban planning decisions. Urlabari is selected as the strategically important municipality for this. Both Pokhara and Urlabari are NUGIP cities.

(3) Support Nepal’s Ministry of Urban Development (MoUD) and the Department of Urban Development and Building Construction (DUDBC) to be introduced to the best international practices in guidelines and standards for the design of resilient roads and drainage; and (4) support for strengthening the institutional systems of municipalities for sustainable asset management and O&M of selected municipalities, including capacity building and training of federal level stakeholders and provincial staff.

Detailed Design and Construction Supervision of Nagdhunga Tunnel Construction

Client: Department of Roads
Funding Agency: JICA
Period: May 2017 to July 2023
Consulting Association: Nippon Koei Co. Ltd-EJEC-NCCE, Japan, GEOCE Consultants (P) Ltd, ITECO Nepal
Approx. Value of Services: Yen 64.15 million, US$ 1,428,495 & NRs 368.2 million. GEOCE’s part-NRs 102 M
Professional Staff Input: International (256) and National (469) person months.

Salient Details:

Detail design and construction supervision of Nagdhunga Tunnel Construction to improve connectivity of Tribhuvan Highway with Kathmandu Valley. Basic features of the project include following construction

⦁ A road tunnel (2+688 km length, 2 lanes of 3.5 m width, median width 1.5 m at center and 0.5 m wide space on both sides for drainage facility- total carriageway 9.5 m, grade 3.5%
⦁ An evacuation tunnel parallel to main tunnel with interconnections at regular intervals
⦁ Approach roads (West 0+565 km and East 2+307 km with total 2+872 km, 2 lanes of 3.5 m width, 2 m shoulder on both sides
⦁ Six (6) box culverts
⦁ 1 overpass and 3 underpass bridges
⦁ 1 intersection structures
⦁ Toll facilities (west side 3 booths, 3 lanes each and east side 2 booths, 2 lanes each)
⦁ Control offices (tunnel management offices -West side 390 m2 and east side 300 m2)
⦁ Disposal area development (construction of roadside service station)
⦁ Transmission line 4.14 km.

Project cost: US$ 150 million.

The scope of services comprise of:

⦁ Detailed Design which include basic design of tunnel, engineering surveys and investigations, highway geometric, pavement and drainage, embankment cut and slope protection/retaining structure, intersection, main tunnel, tunnel portal, tunnel facilities inside and outside of tunnel, disposal area development, bridges and structures, road safety facility and miscellaneous works, transmission line, tender drawings, cost estimates.
⦁ Assistance for Procurement of Works
⦁ Construction supervision
⦁ Implementation of EMP, EMoP, RAP
⦁ Technology transfer on tunnel design and construction supervision
⦁ Capacity development for tunnel O & M