The Kathmandu Valley Development Authority (KVDA) which plans to develop a number of modern cities in Kathmandu Valley, has moved a step forward on one of its ambitious goals.
The authority has shortlisted the consultants and asked them to submit the request for proposal (RFP) to prepare detailed project report (DPR) for the development of new towns. The authority has shortlisted six consultants to for the preparation of report. The proposed town sprawls across 500.87 hectares of land in Lalitpur district. Another five consultants for a similar town in Bhaktapur district have also been shortlisted.

The applicants have been given a November 12 deadline to submit the RFP with technical and financial proposal.

The KVDA, two weeks ago, published a similar notice requesting a proposal from consultants to prepare DPR for another package—development of a new town in Kathmandu district. It plans to set up a new modern town on 500.87 hectares in all three districts of the valley. “After we receive the proposal, it will take seven days for us to select the consultants for the two packages of the project,” said Bhai Kaji Tiwari, CEO of KVDA. “The selected consultants will be given around a year to complete the DPR and submit it to authority.”

Once the DPR of project is ready, the authority will hold consultation with entire stakeholders including the project affected locals and local bodies before submitting the report to the government for approval. “After getting approval from the Cabinet, we will start the actual development of the project by hiring the contractors,” said Tiwari. “If everything goes as planned, we will enter the actual development phase by one and half year.”

The government has allocated a budget of Rs150 million this fiscal year to prepare a land-use plan for the purpose of constructing ‘satellite cities’ in the Valley within five years. Later the term ‘satellite city’ was changed to ‘new town’ as the proposed infrastructure isn’t far and does not require an expressway to link it with the main city.

(Source: The Kathmandu post; Published: 13-10-2017)