Support to Ministry of Physical Planning and Works Program

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Client: DFID/Department of Roads
Funding Agency: Department for International Development
Period: February 2004 to September 2008
Consulting Association: WSP Imc, GEOCE Consultants (P) Ltd
Approx. Value of Services: GEOCE’s part- NRs 36.9 million
Professional Staff Input: GEOCE’s part 198 person months

Salient Details

The program comprised upgrading of about 90 km roads to all weather feeder roads as per DOR standards; related livelihood improvements for poor people in these road corridors through involvement in road works.  The project works were executed using labour-based, environment friendly and participatory approach for simple road works such as earthworks and small structures.  Local contractors were involved for specific construction works such as pavement upgrading and major structures. The approximate cost of the project for feeder road upgrading and related livelihoods promotion program was US$ 11.5 million.

The scope of services include Survey, design, bid documents preparation, procurement of works and goods, construction supervision and project management of Bhalubang-Pyuthan (64 km) and Basantpur-Myaglung (26 km) feeder roads upgrading. The road works comprised spot improvement of road geometry, drainage improvement, pavement (partly Otta seal and premix and partly gravel in case of Basantpur-Myaglung road and partly gravel in case of Bhalubang-Pyuthan) and slope stabilization. Also involved activities related to social mobilization for road construction/upgrading and implementation of livelihoods promotion programs.

Rural Infrastructure Development Project, Construction Supervision of and Social Mobilization for Outstanding Civil Works

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Client: Department of Local Infrastructure Development & Agricultural Roads
Funding Agency: Asian Development Bank
Period: December 2003 to March 2005
Consulting Association: GEOCE Consultants (P) Ltd, REMREC, RES and CYC,
Approx. Value of Services: Total NRs 49 million, GEOCE’s part – NRs 43.2 million
Professional Staff Input: National (Total 215 person months, GEOCE-163, REMREC-17, RES-17, CYC-18)

Salient Details

The primary objective of the project was to reduce poverty among the rural population in the hill region by improving access of the rural population to opportunities, resources and services. The project comprised three components: construction of some 260 km rural roads (in Kavre, Tanahun, and Baglung districts) using labour-based, environment-friendly and participatory (LEP) approach, small scale multi-purpose community buildings in about 90 villages to enhance village-level community development, and awareness campaigns on LEP approach in road construction, self-help initiative, women’s active participation, environmental protection.

Major scope of services was categorized into (i) Technical tasks comprising survey, design review/design and construction supervision of road works of (Khopasi-Taldhunga, 65 km; Bhimad-Chihandanda-Deorali-Baidi, 38 km; Bhimad-Dhakardi-Bhirkot, 35 km; Belbhanjyang-Deorali, 13 km; Baglung-Kusmishera, 21 km and Baglung-Burtibang, 90 km); and (ii) Social mobilization tasks comprising activities to enhance genuine people’s participation, formation of local labor groups, ensure fair working condition to the laborers and transparent wage payment, institutional development of road user committees, training and awareness raising programs in road construction. The social mobilization activities were carried out by NGOs (REMREC in Kavre, RES in Tanahun & CYC in Baglung) under supervision and coordination of GEOCE. Total cost of project was about US$ 11.2 million. The construction cost of outstanding civil works was about US$ 2.52 million.