Northern Area Infrastructure Development and Livelihood Improvement Project

Project TitleNorthern Area Infrastructure Development and Livelihood Improvement
Project TimelineApril 29, 2019 onwards
Total Budget of Project: RMB 20 millionGovernment of NepalGrant
 RMB 20 million
(100% of the project cost)
Development PartnerGovernment of China
Brief introduction of the projectWith a view to uplift the living standards of people through infrastructure and economic activities, the Northern Area Infrastructure Development and Livelihood Improvement Program (NAIDLIP) will be implemented in cooperation with the Government of China. The program will be implemented in accordance with the agreement signed on April 29, 2019 during the state visit of Right Honorable President of Nepal to China. The total budget of the program is 20 million RMB.
The projects under this program will be implemented based on the concept of turnkey projects. Chinese side will commission all the activities starting from feasibility survey, preparation of Detailed Project Report, procurement management and construction. However, it will be the responsibility of concerned local governments to complete pre-construction tasks such as acquisition of adequate land, access to the project site and site-clearance prior to DPR finalization. Chinese side will finally handover the projects after their completion to the concerned local governments. Finally, the concerned local governments will be responsible for the maintenance and sustainable operation of the projects.
The projects under this program will have direct impact on the socio-economic status of the people. The program after implementation will be helpful in strengthening infrastructure development of local levels that lag behind in social and economic development. Also, the program will have positive impact on the upliftment of living standard of local people.
Goals and TargetsGoal:
To improve quality of life of the people residing in Nepal-China economic corridor belt
Targets: Average income of the farmers shall be increased. All the agriculture pocket area and industry is linked to the strategic road network with all-weather local road. All smart/satellite cities along with corridor have comprehensive town development plan in place and developed accordingly. Municipalities and rural municipalities in the project area have well equipped office infrastructures, other auxiliary facilities and institutional capacity.
Expected outcomes of the projectAfter the implementation of the program, The economic activities in the concerned local levels will be increased.  People will have an easy access to basic facilities such as road, schools, and health. The socially and economically marginalized groups are expected to have an easy access in public service delivery. Finally, the livelihood of local people will be enhanced and the living standard will be uplifted.
Major areas of the projectHealth sector: hospitals, primary health centers, health posts and maternity hospitals Education sector: community schools, technical schools and school hostels Road sector: roads linking the settlements, schools, health facilities, market centers within or among local governments. Agriculture and irrigation sector: surface or solar lifting irrigation, micro irrigation, commercial agro-veterinary business promotion, solar dryer, dairy industry, cold storage and fruits or medicinal plant processing industry. Energy sector: solar energy
Project AreaAll local governments of the 15 districts bordered with China
Major issues/challengesProblem in operation of projects due to geographical location, no connectivity of roads.