Symposium: Infrastructures: Hydropower, Transportation and Utilities

Symposium: Infrastructures: Hydropower, Transportation and Utilities

Date: 14 October 2018

Time: 13:50-18:10

Hall: TBC 


Availability of quality physical infrastructure is at the heart of a country’s economic growth. Cognizant of this, the Government of Nepal (GoN) has prioritized construction of major infrastructure projects as a part of its economic development plan. The history of completion of the GoN’s so called “mega projects” or “prestige projects” has been extremely disappointing. The projects are almost invariably mired in contractual disputes. Huge delays and cost overruns have become the norm. Improvement in the performance of future projects will require understanding the causes for these mishaps, developing corrective actions and enforcing them. This symposium will explore GoN’s existing policies and technical capacities, which have contributed to the difficulties and recommend policy changes and technical capacity building modalities moving forward.


Focus: Infrastructure & GoN Policies; Project delays; Policy and technical capacity impediments, Corrective actions.



Background:  A rapid development of the physical infrastructure is essential for economic development of the country.  Previous attempts to expand Nepal’s physical infrastructure have generally failed to meet project delivery targets, thus costing the nation billions of rupees in lost revenue and more importantly, raising serious doubts on our ability to plan, design, manage and construct such projects to standards considered normal by the rest of the world.


The current government has set ambitious targets for infrastructure development, particularly hydropower and transportation (airports, roads and railways, utilities). The purpose of the Infrastructure session is to collaboratively and systematically review the reasons for past mishaps by way of open discussions between Nepal’s resident experts in specific infrastructure fields, NRNs who have established reputation as experts with input from non-Nepali international experts in relevant disciplines so that future projects also do not end in disappointment.


Infrastructure is a large filed on its own and every aspect of infrastructure cannot be covered in a session like this. Our discussion will be limited to three major areas of infrastructure prioritized by the government- Railway, Hydropower, Airport and Utilities.  The session will start with a Keynote speaker who will, using a Case Study as an example, identify policy changes and technical capacity building that were completed to successfully deliver a large infrastructure project. The Keynote speech will be followed by presentations on each discipline identified above from an experienced resident Nepali expert and a NRN. The Utilities session will include a presentation on installation of water/ sewer pipes and electrical and telephone cables by a trenchless method. Had this method been adopted, Kathmandu would have been saved from much of the dust that enveloped the city during the recent pipe installation works. This will also be relevant for burying the electrical and telephone cables without excavating Kathmandu’s roads.


We will endeavour to have at least two speakers on each discipline, except for the Utilities section. Each presentation will be of 25-minute duration. The presentation in each discipline will be followed by a Q&A period in which session panellists and the audience from the floor will participate. A rapporteur will keep record of the discussions and summarize them including the recommendations at the end of the session. The session shall conclude with a series of recommendations on policy changes and changes project procurement and management modalities so that future projects are completed to international standards and Nepal’s capacity in infrastructure project delivery is enhanced.



Themes: In line with the objectives of the Convention, this section of the Symposium will focus on the following.

  1. Identify existing GoN policies and inadequacies in the countries Technical Capacity, which hinder GoN’s objective of large infrastructure project delivery to acceptable international standards. In this context Technical Capacity shall mean all aspects of the works from project planning to project delivery.
  2. Recommend changes in policies and modalities for expeditious enhancement of Technical Capacity.
  3. Identify diaspora resource to assist GoN in Technical Capacity building.
  4. Develop post convention plan of action for collaboration between NRNA and GoN in advancing infrastructure project delivery.

Program Schedule

Symposium 7: Hydropower, Transportation and Utilities
14 October 2018, 13:50-18:10, Megha Hall
Session A: Hydropower and Utilities, Moderator: Naresh Koirala
Naresh Koirala, MrIntroduction of sessionTrenchless Consultant; NoDigSolutions; BC,
InvitedDipak Gyawali, ProfPolitical economy of infrastructure development in Nepal: Impeding drivers and relief pathways
Former Minister of Water Resources, GoN; Nepal Academy of Science and Technology; Chair, Interdesciplinary Analysist
InvitedRam Manohar Shrestha, ProfHydropower development in Nepal: Opportunities, present pattern, challenges and policiesProfessor Emeritus, Asian Institute of Technology, Bangkok,
ContributedNaresh Koirala, MrApplication of trenchless technology for installation of pipes and conduits
Trenchless Consultant; NoDigSolutions; BC,
Rapid FireRabin Dhakal, Mr Prospects of off grid energy generation through low head screw turbine in Nepal, Kathmandu University, Tribhuvan UniversityKathmandu University/Tribhuvan
Tea break
Session B: Transportation and Infrastructure, Moderator: Naresh Koirala
Naresh Koirala, MrIntroduction of sessionTrenchless Consultant; NoDigSolutions; BC, Canada
InvitedSom Dutt Sharma, MrDelhi metro: a success story  Director, Business Development Delhi
InvitedBirendra Bahadur Deoja, Mr Infrastructure for accelerated development
Former Secretary Civil Aviation; Infrastructure
Rapid FirePartha Parajuli, DrSmart Traffic lights for smart cities of Kathmandu ValleySustainable transport and Traffic Solutions
Rapid FireMadhu Sudan Acharya, DrSustainable public transportation for Kathmandu a model from Vienna, Austria University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences, Vienna,
Rapid FireTharka Sen, MrTransport and traffic: Road safetyGurkha School of Motoring,
Panel discussion/Q &AKeshab Kumar Sharma, ErJoint Secretary, Ministry of Physical Infrastructure and
Prakash Bhakta Upadhyaya, ErFormer Spokesperson, Department of Railways
Sushil Bhatta, ErMember, National Planning
Tulasi Prasad Sitaula, MrNational Coordinator, Office of the Millennium Challenge
SummaryNaresh Koirala, MrTrenchless Consultant; NoDigSolutions; BC, Canada
PosterNarad Bhandari, MrRole of effective project engineering and assurance process for railway infrastructure projectsNetwork Rail, London,

Symposium Programme Schedule

Session 1: Transportation, Railways (R)/Airport (A)100 minutes



Keynote Speaker (R)-(30 min)

Invited resident Nepal speaker (A)(20 min)

Invited Speaker NRN (TBC) (20 min)

Panel/Floor discussion/contributed talk (30 min)

Poster presentation (maximum 10 posters, open for 2 days)



Session 2: Hydropower(HP)/Utilities(U)     120 minutes


Invited Speaker1 (HP) –                     (30 min)

Invited Resident Nepal speaker (HP)(20 min)

Invited Speaker NRN (HP)               (20 min)

Invited Speaker NRN (U)                 (20 min)

Panel/Floor discussion/contributed talk       (30 min)



Poster presentation (maximum 10 posters, open for 2 days



Proposed International Speaker:

(Invited speakers to be confirmed)



Proposed ResidentNepali/ NRN National Speakers:


(Invited speakers to be confirmed)



Contact Information of Symposium Coordinators:

Naresh Koirala, ME., P.Eng, Trenchless Specialist, Senior Consultant (

Dr. Arun Timalsina,   Institute of Engineering, TU