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Kathmandu-Kulekhani-Hetauda Tunnel Highway-Project Bank


KATHMANDU KULEKHANI HETAUDA TUNNEL HIGHWAY


Lead Government Agency

Office of the Investment Board & the Ministry of Physical Infrastructure and Transport

Geographical Location (Districts)

Kathmandu and Makwanpur


PROJECT DETAILS

 Project Cost (In USD)

1. Project Cost : 348.7 Million (estimated cost 2012), excluding IDC

Progress

Detailed Project Report completed

Form of Investment

People, Public & Private Partnership

Expected Fiscal Benefits to GoN

   Taxes

   Royalties


PROJECT DESCRIPTION AND RELEVANCE/ OBJECTIVES

The Hetauda-Narayanghat-Mugling-Kathmandu passage is one of the busiest roads in Nepal and it is the main highway connecting Kathmandu to the Southern cities. The road length from Hetauda to Kathmandu is approximately 227 km along the Prithivi highway with travel time of approx. 6-8 hrs. The alternative route - the Tribhuvan Highway is only 133 km in length but requires travel time of approximately 7-8 hrs. Therefore, the government has envisioned to develop a short highway to connect Kathmandu to Hetauda. The travel time in the proposed KKHT will be about one hour.


RELEVANCE TO THE OVERALL ECONOMY

This tunnel highway will connect the entire western, southern and eastern parts of Nepal through Hetauda and will significantly boost overall economic growth of the corridor, region and the whole country.


SALIENT FEATURES OF THE PROJECT

  • Length of the Road: Approx. 58 km
  • Type of the Road: 4 lane expressway
  • Number of Tunnels: 3
  • Total Length of Tunnels: 4.5 km
  • Starting Point: Balkhu, Kathmandu
  • Ending Point: Hetauda, Makawanpur
  • Concession Period: 30 years + provision of 5 additional years

Developer: NPB Company Limited

Initial Agreement signed with Government of Nepal, Permission letter issued by MoPIT