Project Appraisal: Selling Dreams

The Kathmandu Valley Urban Development Plans and Programmes Study

This Project, the latest in a series of master plans that have been proposed for Kathmandu Valley over the past three decades, was funded by the Asian Development Bank (ADB) and executed by a British consulting firm, Halcrow Fox and Associates. The study started in October 1990 and was over by September 1991.

The project's terms of reference was a detailed document that held much promise. The consultants' brief was to develop a comprehensive "Valley Structure Plan" incorporating development planning, infrastructural programmes (for transport, sewerage, drainage and water supply) and land-use, economic and population strategies, all projected to the year 2015. There was also to be a "Central Area Plan" for Kathmandu with proposals for land-use pattern, population densities, open spaces and public facilities, preservation of areas, and investment.

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