KATHMANDU, Sept 14: The government has shortlisted six companies to prepare the detailed project report (DPR) of Nagdhunga (Kathmandu)-Dhulikhel (Kavre) metro rail project.
The shortlisted companies have been urged to come in contact with the government along with a technical proposal within the next 30 days. The 'appropriate' company will be selected on the basis of technical proposal. The Investment Board Nepal is coordinating for the construction of the 45-kilometre project
According to Board Spokesperson Uttam Bhakta Wagle, consultant companies (from China, India, Korea, Turkey and Japan) have been selected for the feasibility of project.
China Machinery Engineering Corporation, China Railway Siyuan and Survey and Design Group Co. Ltd, Nippon Koei Company Limited, Japan; Rites India Limited and one company each from Seoul (South Korea) and Turkey have been chosen for the project works.
The advance metro railway network has been in operation in many metropolitan cities across the world. The Board has initiated the process to construct such railway system for the first time in the country.
Our neighbouring countries –India and China-have long been operating metro railway network for the convenience and fast commute for the urban population. Pakistan too is expediting the construction of metro railway network.
According to Spokesperson Wagle, the consultants have been asked to submit tender within 30 days for the preparation of DPR for the operation and management of the metro railway system to be operated from Dhulikhel and Nagdhunga.
Process have been initiated to construct by the Kathmandu Metropolitan City and other local agencies for the construction of the mono railway network in the Ring Road of Kathmandu.
The China Railway 25th Bureau Group Company Limited has recently submitted report of the preliminary feasibility study for operating mono railway system in the Ring Road to the Kathmandu Metropolitan City and Lalitpur Metropolitan City.