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I have started a new transportation thread so please post things that pertains to road rail waterways and stuff like that
 

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Kathmandu-terai fast track project Ministry seeks clear direction from PAC

KATHMANDU, APR 22 -

The Ministry of Physical Planning and Works (MoPPW) has sought a clear direction from the Parliament’s Public Account Committee (PAC) to move ahead on the Kathmandu-Terai Fast Track Project . The ministry has said that in the absence of a clear direction, it is facing difficulties in implementing the PAC’s directive on including Nepali investors—having no experience in the build-operate-transfer (BOT) system—in the project.

In a letter to PAC, the ministry has requested for ‘necessary direction’, as the PAC’s earlier directive does not comply with the provision of the Private Financing in the Build and Operation of Infrastructures Act-2007 and Private Financing in Build and Operation of Infrastructures Rules. A high level ministry official said the PAC directive seemed
Kudos to Nepal Army I hope this project completes as planned.

Link: http://www.ekantipur.com/2011/04/22/business/kathmandu-terai-fast-track-project/332891.html
You tube video. It is Nepali so I apologize for if there is any language barrier
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zJoWCfhcmow





 

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Kathmandu-Hetauda Tunnel Highway

KATHMANDU, FEB 23 - The Ministry of Physical Planning, Works and Transport Management has said it will sign the final agreement with the Nepal Purbadhar Bikas Company (NPBC) within a month to develop the Kathmandu-Hetauda Tunnel Highway.
Tulasi Prasad Situala, secretary at the ministry, said before signing the final agreement, the government will have to settle pending issues like how long the company be allowed to operate the road, tax facilities to be provided and the alignment of the road that is said to have overlapped with the proposed Kathmandu-Tarai Fast-Track road.
“We will soon send a proposal
The existing build-operate-transfer (BOT) law allows companies to build and operate such infrastructure and handover the ownership to the government after 30 years.
This was in the beginning of the year. I will try to update when something comes up



Animation video on You Tube
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yLZ_jD3VG-Q

Link:http://www.ekantipur.com/the-kathmandu-post/2013/02/23/money/kathmandu-hetauda-tunnel-highway/245647.html
 

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Nepal government to expedite study for metro railway project

The Nepali government is set to take crucial decisions on expediting key infrastructure projects, including conducting a feasibility study for a Kathmandu metro railway.
The secretariat of the Nepal Investment Board (NIB) is submitting proposals on these projects during a meeting of its board of directors (BoD) scheduled for next week.
"The meeting will also discuss
According to the source, the meeting will give a nod to the secretariat to ask Nepal Metro Private Limited (NMPL) to develop a detailed proposal for a feasibility study on the project.
NMPL, a company that claims to have lined up international financing for a Kathmandu Metro Railway, had offered to develop the project in August 2012.
Link:http://www.tunnelsonline.info/news/nepal-government-to-expedite-study-for-metro-railway-project-080213





 

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Kathmandu road expansion

Road Projects

Kathmandu Valley Road Improvement Project

Name of the Project:
Kathmandu Valley Road Improvement Project

Background:
The important strategic road networks (SRN) in Kathmandu valley has been frequently suffering from traffic congesting problem. The rapidly growing traffic volume is ultimately beyond the capacity of the two lane roads in Kathmandu valley. Government of Nepal has been allotting a fund in budget head number 48-3/4-503 to widen such an important SRN from two lane to four or more lane in Kathmandu valley. The project "Kathmandu Valley Road Improvement Project (KVRIP)" has started in September 2007 to work extensively in these SRN.
S.N Road Section Length
(Km) Black Top Width (m)
Remarks
Previous Now
1 Soalteemod – Kalanki 1.25 7.00 16.00 Completed
2 Kalanki – Sitapaila 0.62 10.00 25.75 90% Completed
3 Kalanki – Balkhu 0.42 10.00 25.75 85% Completed
4 Kalanki – Nagdhunga
(Total length 9.11 km) 0.40 6.50 22.00 0+000 to 0+400 m from Kalanki Chowk.
0.54 7.00 16.00 70% Completed






Link:http://www.dor.gov.np/kvrip.php
 

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Kathmandu Becoming a (Post) Modern City: Road Expansion Project

From Amanda Snellinger's blog

I’ve been in Kathmandu for a week. It’s changed quite a bit since I was last here in 2011. The most striking thing is the road expansion project. It’s a sorely needed infrastructure overhaul to deal with the rapid increase in private vehicle ownership
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The current project is based on the 1977 blueprint. One has to wonder if the road system had been expanded when initially proposed, if the traffic would have been better or worse over the years. Like many urban areas throughout the world, Kathmandu’s roadways seem to fill no matter what space is allotted.






Link:http://www.amandasnellinger.com/kathmandu-becoming-a-post-modern-city-road-expansion-project/
 

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Tolls for Tunnel Highway to range from Rs 180 to Rs 4,520

KATHMANDU, MAY 28 -

The government has agreed to allow Nepal Purbadhar Bikas Company (NPBC) to collect tolls ranging from Rs 180 to Rs 4,520 (including VAT) per vehicle for using the Kathmandu-Kulekhani-Hetauda Tunnel Highway. The company has aimed to complete construction and bring it into operation by 2016.

On May 14, the Ministry of Physical Infrastructure and Transport and NPBC signed a concession agreement to build the 58-km express highway under the Private Financing in Build and Operation of Infrastructure Act 2006. As per the pact, the company will be permitted to hike the
NPBC will build the tunnel highway at a cost of nearly Rs 35 billion and operate it up to 30 years under the build own operate and transfer (BOOT) modality. The highway will link the Capital with Hetauda in the south via Kulekhani. The drive is expected to take one hour, drastically slashing present travel times and resulting in fuel savings of Rs 15 billion annually
Link:http://www.kantipuronline.com/2013/05/28/business/tolls-for-tunnel-highway-to-range-from-rs-180-to-rs-4520/372361.html
 

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Govt to sign final agreement within two weeks

Good news I hope this is not some guff.

KATHMANDU, APR 28 -

The government is set to sign a final agreement with Nepal Purbadhar Bikas Company (NPBC) within the next two weeks for the development of the Kathmandu-Hetauda Tunnel Highway.

The agreement had been delayed after the Ministry of Physical Infrastructure and Transport asked NPBC to come up with a convincing business plan. Also, the issues related to the alignment overlapping the Kathmandu-Tarai Fast Track road were unresolved.

A 3.5-km stretch on the Kathmandu side of the tunnel highway overlaps the alignment of the Kathmandu-Tarai Fast Track road. The ministry had asked the NPBC to either avoid the overlapping or come up with ideas on how the alignments could be integrated without affecting the interests of investors.
Link:http://www.kantipuronline.com/2013/04/28/business/govt-to-sign-final-agreement-within-two-weeks/370726.html
 

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Mid-Hill Highway: Government tightens the screws on contractors

KATHMANDU, APR 01 -

The government has started tightening the screws on Mid-Hill Highway contractors with poor performance record.

The Ministry of Physical Infrastructure and Transport has sought clarification from 21 contractors for their “negligible” progress on construction of road and bridges in the Western section of the Mid-Hill Highway.

The ministry has asked the contractors to submit clarification by Friday, showing valid reasons why they failed to work effectively. Publishing a notice, the ministry has also asked the contractors to furnish a “revised work schedule” for efficient implementation of the project, ministry officials said. “We are hopeful the contractors will take


Link:http://www.kantipuronline.com/2013/04/01/business/mid-hill-highway-government-tightens-the-screws-on-contractors/369323.html
 

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Ring Road expansion to begin on June 1

KATHMANDU, MAY 22 - The much talked about plan to widen the Ring Road in Kathmandu is scheduled to start on June 1. According to officials of the Department of Roads, the Chinese contractor has been making the final preparations to begin work by setting up its office and summoning technicians from China.
Last month, the contractor Shanghai Construction Group Company started survey work to widen the 2-km-long Koteshwor-Kalanki section as a model. Under the government’s Ring Road Improvement Project, 9 km of the road between Koteshwor and Kalanki will be upgraded in the first phase.
“The contractor has informed us that it plans to start work on June 1,
Link: http://www.ekantipur.com/the-kathmandu-post/2013/05/22/money/ring-road-expansion-to-begin-on-june-1/249072.html
 

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1,239 trees to be felled for 9 km Ring Road expansion

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100 urban bird species´ habitat under threat, activists warn of stir

KATHMANDU, May 23: More than 1000 trees along the Kalanki-Koteshwar section of the ring road are set to be chopped down in a few days to expand the existing four lane roads to eight lanes. The government of China has pledged to provide Rs 3.7 billion for the widening of the 9km stretch that is set to begin in June.

The District Forestry Office (DFO), Lalitpur and Kathmandu have permitted the Department of Road (DoR), Lalitpur to cut down as many as 1,239 trees that were planted in the 70s.

Hundreds of mimosa trees have been beatifying the ring road area for around half a century now
Link: http://www.myrepublica.com/portal/index.php?action=news_details&news_id=55067
 

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Govt urges contractors to expedite road construction

KATHMANDU, April 21: While the government has blacktopped only 15 kilometers of road in the last six months, the government officials have claimed that 90 percent of road construction in all 65 road sections of the road network that is being expanded in Kathmandu and Lalitpur would be completed within the running fiscal year.

The officials have claimed that more than 9 km road construction would be over in first week of May and additional 24 km would be blacktopped by mid-May, according to Tulasi




Link:http://www.myrepublica.com/portal/index.php?action=news_details&news_id=53465
 

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New Baneshwor flyover plan fails to take off

Posted in NEWS on Jun 16, 2013 |




The government’s much-talked-about plan to build a ramped flyover at the New Baneshwor junction to ease traffic movement has failed to take off this fiscal year too. Work to this effect hit rough weather after indecision on design and length.

As per the original plan, the government was supposed to call a tender and start construction of the 90-m long (excluding ramp) and 17-m wide four-lane flyover from Bijuli Bazaar to Tinkune in last fiscal year. A fund of Rs 50 million was provided to the Department of Roads, the implementing agency, this year to begin the work.

http://www.ktm2day.com/2013/06/16/new-baneshwor-flyover-plan-fails-to-take-off/
 

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China-aided Ring Road expansion begins

The road surrounding the core city area will be upgraded to eight lanes

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KATHMANDU, JUN 25 - It was built in the 1970s with with Chinese assistance. Now, after some 40 years, the expansion of the Ring Road is also being carried out with support from the northern neighbour.
The first phase of the Kathmandu Ring Road Improvement Project took off formally on Tuesday, Vice-president Paramananda Jha and visiting State Councillor of China Yang Jiechi jointly inaugurating the project.
The existing 27-km four-lane two-way road around Kathmandu will now be widened to eight lanes, with a two-way bicycle lane and a pedestrian pathway.
Addressing the inaugural programme, Minister for Physical Infrastructure and Transport Chhabi Raj Pant said the improved road would provide better by-pass service to inner roads and ease traffic pressure.

Link:http://www.ekantipur.com/the-kathmandu-post/2013/06/25/money/china-aided-ring-road-expansion-begins/250464.html
 

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'Valley road expansion project on last leg'

Added At: 2013-05-19 11:27 PM Last Updated At: 2013-05-19 11:27 PM

HIMALAYAN NEWS SERVICE
KATHMANDU: The coordinator of the high level team monitoring the Kathmandu Valley’s Road Extension Project, Krishna Hari Baskota, today said the road project has made significant progress and if it goes at the current pace, 90 per cent of the target will be achieved by the end of this fiscal.

After a meeting of the monitoring team, Secretary Baskota claimed 90 per cent of the road construction will be completed by mid-June.
Link:http://www.thehimalayantimes.com/fullNews.php?headline='Valley+road+expansion+project+on+last+leg'&NewsID=377090
 

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Progress on road expansion works sluggish

REPUBLICA ONLINE

KATHMANDU, June 29: Despite repeated claims that 90 percent of the road expansion works would be completed by the end of this fiscal year, the government finally accepted that contractors have failed to meet the target set by the government.

Concluding that the construction work would not be completed by mid-July, the monitoring team led by Secretary at the Prime Minister´s Office Krishna Hari Banskota directed the responsible authorities on Saturday to put pressure on the contractors to complete at least gravelling and footpath construction.
Link: http://www.myrepublica.com/portal/index.php?action=news_details&news_id=57050
 

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Do you know when is it scheduled to be completed by, achybo?
According to the article first phase to be completed in about 40 months.I hope this is not in Nepali time line ha ha

“Based on the 2-km model road, remaining 7-km section will be widened,” said Ashok Tiwari, chief of the project. He said the first phase is expected to be completed in 40 months.
http://www.ekantipur.com/the-kathmandu-post/2013/06/25/money/china-aided-ring-road-expansion-begins/250464.html

Any reports on the environmental impact of the project?
I dont know if there has been formal report has been done regarding the felling of the trees but the article does point out the list of birds whose habitat will be affected by it.

Urban birds´ habitat in danger
With the authorities preparing to demolish the trees along the ring road, urban birds are set to lose their habitats. According to Hem Sagar Baral, director of the Bird Conservation Nepal, as many as 110 species of birds are found in Kathmandu. Among them, 100 species of birds have been nesting in the Valley.

The tall trees around the 27 km area of the ring road is home to cuckoo, house crow, jungle crow, black kite, owl, small cranes and creepers. Similarly, bats are also among the major species in those trees.

Baral said that the government must ensure that the trees would be replaced in the area once the construction works are over. He also stressed that local tree species should be planted in the area to protect our native vegetations.

"Instead of newly introduced species from foreign countries, the government must plant local trees such as Lapsi, Chilaune, Kattus that would conserve our bio-diversity," said Baral.
http://www.myrepublica.com/portal/index.php?action=news_details&news_id=55067
 

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Six bridges completed in the Eastern Sector of the Mid-hill Highway

RUDRA PANGENI

KATHMANDU, July 15: The construction of six bridges, including one over the Tamor River, has been completed and one is at the final stage and three more are under construction in the Eastern Sector of Pushpalal Mid-hill Highway Project.

Likewise the widening and gravelling of the highway , a project of national pride, were the other major tasks accomplished this fiscal year.
http://www.myrepublica.com/portal/index.php?action=news_details&news_id=57747
 
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