Subregional Transport Facilitation Project

This technical assistance assisted the Government in improving transport efficiencies by preparing a project aiming to (i) strengthen the road connectivity; (ii) promote domestic and international trade by improving crossing border facilities; and (iii) conduct capacity building. This helped prepare a project suitable for ADB financing to (i) improve the sub-regional route from Birganj to Hetauda along the Tribhuvan Highway and other border crossings to national highways; (ii) enhance crossing border facilities to improve trade flows with India, Bhutan, Bangladesh and third countries. The Project will improve the sub-region, including improvement of transport connections to Kokata and Haldia Port, and improve the domestic transport system in Nepal. These transport improvements will support growth in sub-regional trade and investment, and thereby contribute to economic growth and poverty reduction.


Commitment Date

Funding Type




Total Cost

12 Jan 2004

Technical Assistance


Transport Management




In Birganj, development of a new access road for the rail ICD, redevelopment of the existing customs area as a road ICD, and construction of access control roads on sections of the Tribhuvan Highway

In Kakarbita, development of a road ICD

In Biratnagar, road improvements at the border to reduce road congestion and expansion of the existing ICD as required

Improvement in customs and freight handling facilities and road access to Bhairahawa, Krishnanagar, Mahendranagar and Nepalganj

Technical support to Government in implementing management procedures, regulations and necessary information technology systems to improve ICD operations, customs procedures and other document processing.


$600,000 (Japan Special Fund)