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Government Plans for Kathmandu Metro Railway

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on March 30, 2012


Korean consulting firm Chungsuk Engineering Company to prepare a Detail Project Report (DPR) for the construction of Bardibas-Birgunj section of Mechi-Mahakali Electrical Railway system and negotiations with the same firm are underway for the feasibility study of the proposed metro train service in the Kathmandu valley.
The committee is engaged in final negotiations with the same Korean firm (Chungsuk Engineering Company) to finalize the contract agreement after evaluating its technical and financial proposals for the feasibility study of metro railway – a Mass Rapid Transit (underground and elevated railway) system for the capital.
The government pushed for a Mass Rapid Transit system in the valley about two years ago in a bid to manage the worsening traffic conditions in the capital due to unchecked rise in the number of vehicles and poor transport infrastructure. An estimated Rs 80 million is needed to complete the feasibility of the Metro railway line. 
Chungsuk Engineering Company of Korea, RITES Limited (India), Systra FA of France and TEAM Consulting Engineering and Management of Thailand were short-listed and asked to submit their financial and technical proposals for the study.
The proposed railway network is expected to cover almost all major bus stops and connect the city with the outskirts, making commuter movement easier and faster, and laying down of 66.1  km of railway track including 27 km along the Ring Road.As depicted in the Map above 5 railway lines will spread over 66.1 Km including 31 stations. There will be 5 lines, first line will cover Kathmandu with outer circle ring road covering 18 stations and other 4 lines touches the inner part of Kathmandu valley.

According to ekantipur:

The impasse over the formation of a new government has stalled the feasibility study for a metro railway in the capital, an idea envisaged by the Ministry of Finance (MoF) to address its traffic woes.

The concept of a metro railway in the capital was pushed forward by the MoF and it was all set to announce it along with the establishment of a Railway Department in the full-fledged budget of the fiscal year 2010/11. However, Prime Minister Madhav Kumar Nepal’s resignation just ahead of the budget session has halted the homework for the metro.

However, the implementing agency, the Ministry of Physical Planning and Works (MoPPW), had forwarded the proposal to do a feasibility study for the metro rail a few weeks ago to the MoF. “We’ve forwarded the proposal for the feasibility study to the MoF,” said Purna Chandra Kadariya, secretary at the MoPPW.

MoPPW officials say there hasn’t been any response from the MoF due to the delay in the formation of a new government and issuance of a full-fledged budget.

The MoPPW has sought a budget of Rs. 3 million for the feasibility study. As per a preliminary estimate, the metro railway network will link Maharajgunj with Lagankhel and Koteshwor with Kalanki with the tracks crossing somewhere around Thapathali or Tripureshwor, said an official at the MoPPW.

The MoPPW has planned to start a feasibility study and produce the report within this fiscal year. The report will recommend the type of model and system to adopt for building the metro rail.

“The feasibility report will decide whether to go for an underground or aboveground system,” said Tulasi Prasad Sitaula, joint secretary at the ministry. “We are at just the planning phase. The amount of funds required for the construction of a mega infrastructure project like this will only be ascertained after the report.”

Convenient mass transportation, reduction in traffic congestion, time saving means of transportation and an alternative mode of transportation for a city expanding by the day due to urbanization are some of the benefits the metro rail will provide.

Since the metro rail is an ambitious project that requires high investment compared to other transportation systems, the government has also started to look for potential donors. “We will leave no stone unturned to make this project happen,” said Kadariya.

He said that the government would seek financing support from international donor agencies such as the Kuwait Fund for Arab Economic Development, Saudi Fund for Development and OPEC Fund for International Development.

The government is also brainstorming to devise policies to address the issue of railways in the country. The MoPPW has already received the green signal to establish a Railway Department from the MoF, and the Ministry of General Administration has also been positive about supplying the needed government personnel for the proposed department.

“We have been lobbying with both the concerned ministries for the last three months to set up a separate department to deal with railway affairs,” said Sitaula. “If things go as planned, we will have three railways — Mechi-Mahakali Electric Railway, Kathmandu-Pokhara Electric Railway and the Metro Rail in the future besides the Nepal Railway which is in operation in Janakpur. Hence, a separate department is a must.”

12 Responses to “Government Plans for Kathmandu Metro Railway”

  1. Dipendra karki said

    must of the traffic occurring inside Kathmandu valley is due to over population and centralization. vaya varko alu yakae borama thupray pachee k hun6 ha……aba ta varna mildaena. why don’t government think about that. please decentralize there power to different city. this might help in over traffic. BUDGET nilnay kam matra hun6……

  2. Dipendra karki said

    electric problem ta solve garnu khaha 6…..jhan samasya thapdae6en….k train banay pacee din var batee nadenay bechar sharkar ko 6 key khay ho…

  3. raju said

    pahile desh ko paristhiti lai sudhar gare ramro hunthyo

  4. shekhar said

    first setup new hydro electricity project and then talk about it.
    Jun jogi aye pani kanai chireko..
    paisa khana katti bahana parna sakchan yi neta haru..

  5. ashish said

    bati sati maru rail ko sapna na dekhi aru k garu

  6. Ajay karki said

    First ma ta Electricity chahiyo.Taytikaima train rakhacu vanaa mildaina.first ta government should make the consitution………

  7. Yuban said

    May be next Hundred years our government can,Planing only good attraction for those who are politicians does nothing for country. MRP passport see how many days it took from outside of Nepal.

  8. arjun said

    its good that metro will run in nepal .i m a metro employee in dmrc india and belongs to nepal so it could be a opportunity to me

  9. RAJ said

    NEPAL MA PANI METRO CHALE KATI RAMRO HUNTHEYO HOTA

  10. binod khadka said

    planning is nice.atleast plan vayo.implement is most important so i request to our political leaders,pls donot quarrel for only for your own profit and your relative.pls think about county and such people who invented such idea.Reall,leader will have clean will power for country development,nothing impossible,our country can develop within 10 years.you know,we have done incredibl work in santanesor mahadev mandir,we have constructed nice mahadev mandir in jharuwarashi,lalitpur within 2 yeasrs from only public participation about Nrs 20,000,000.00 and now further works r going on like construction of car parking in the Nrs 3000000.00 cost,histrolical jungle,bird park,electric railwa about 1 km distance,water motor boat kinder garden,view tower etc.
    if u interested in these work pls come with us and share your idea-chairman Engineer Binod khadka,mob-9851034695,email-binodkhadka70@yahoo.com,if u want more detail pls click binod khadka face book,u may get more activities about santanesor mahadev mandir.

  11. Bharat ma hawa chalyo nepal ma pat halyo😀
    India ma 30 cities ma Metro aaudai 6 tei bhayera Ktm ma halla chalyo🙂

  12. binod khadka said

    Binod Khadka said

    October 19, 2013 at 6:35 am
    planning is nice.atleast plan vayo.implement is most important so i request to our political leaders,pls donot quarrel for only for your own profit and your relative.pls think about county and such people who invented such idea.Reall,leader will have clean will power for country development,nothing impossible,our country can develop within 10 years.you know,we have done incredibl work in santanesor mahadev mandir,we have constructed nice mahadev mandir in jharuwarashi,lalitpur within 2 yeasrs from only public participation about Nrs 20,000,000.00 and now further works r going on like construction of car parking in the Nrs 3000000.00 cost,histrolical jungle,bird park,electric railwa about 1 km distance,water motor boat kinder garden,view tower etc.
    if u interested in these work pls come with us and share your idea-chairman Engineer Binod khadka,mob-9851034605,email-binodkhadka70@yahoo.com,if u want more detail pls click binod khadka face book,u may get more activities about santanesor mahadev mandir.

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