Cities in Nepal are experiencing high population growth rates which is putting strain on the urban ecological environment. The Department of Urban Development and Building Construction has embarked on a national program to harmonise planning and infrastructure investment and strengthen asset management capability.

Development of Nepal’s Eastern Urban Corridor will improve the resilience and delivery of urban services and facilities in six municipalities in the southern Terai province bordering India.

The Regional Urban Development study will help facilitate more resilient and inclusive urban and regional economic development. SMEC has been appointed to undertake feasibility studies and a detailed project report, intended to guide a long-term Investment Program in the region by providing a framework for municipal infrastructure investments, urban planning, and institutional strengthening. The project is the first development study of its kind ever to be taken in the province and will be the seed for future planned studies.

The scope of the project is derived from six themes as follows:

  • Identifying and developing regional infrastructure and logistics which contribute to the growth of core economic sectors, including agriculture, industry, tourism, health, and education services.
  • Identifying potential areas/sites to promote local and regional tourism development.
  • Implementing strategic land development opportunities
  • Improving existing essential infrastructure
  • Developing climate resilience measures to counter flood-related issues.
  • Building technical capacity across key institutions

Stakeholders include the Ministry of Urban Development (MoDU), the Provincial Project Planning Coordination Committee (PPPCC), Department of Urban Development and Building Construction (DUDBC), Regional Urban Development Project (RUDP), provincial government representatives and delegates from designated municipalities.

Regional Urban Development – East Urban Corridor Contract Signing