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Salient Features of the Project

Project ID P127508
Grant / Loan Numbers TF Loan 13557 & TF Grant 13665
Project Implementation Start Date 1 March 2013
Effectiveness Date 20 June 2013
Project Implementation End Date 30 July 2018
Expected Closing Date December 2019
Borrower Government of Nepal
 
Responsible Agency (for components A, B, and C) Department of Hydrology and MeteorologyContact: Dr. Jagadishwor Karmacharya Deputy Director General/National Project Director,Telephone No.: (977-1) 443-3477 Email: j_karmacharya@yahoo.com
Financial Resources  
Total project cost $31.30 M
World Bank $ 31 M
Grant $16 M
Loan $15 M
Government of Nepal $0.30 M
The loan has a final maturity of 40 years, including a grace period of 10 years. The Service Charge payable by the Borrower is equal to one-tenth of one percent per annum.

The components of the BRCH project are as follows.

Components Cost (USD Millions)
Institutional Strengthening, Capacity Building and Implementation Support of DHM 5.10
Modernization of the Observation Infrastructure and Forecasting 16.75
Enhancement of the Service Delivery System of DHM 3.45
Creation of an Agriculture Management Information System

Status Update of Project Activities

Completed Contracts  under BRCH Project (24 nos.) as of 31 May 2019


Sr. No. List of Activity Contract Id. No. Contract Signed date Contract end date
1 Training of High Level Professionals on Project Management(A.2.1) PPCR/DHM/NS/DC-04 11-Jan-15 15-Jan-15
2 Establishment of FMIS in BRCH/DHM(A.3.2) PPCR/DHM/S/CQS-20 7-Dec-14 20-Apr-15
3 Survey to access User Satisfaction and Assessing  Demand for Service by DHM(A.3.2) PPCR/DHM/S/CQS-25 22-Feb-15 21-Sep-15
4 Preparation of Hazardous Waste Management Plan and guidelines(A.3.5) PPCR/DHM/IND/SSS-09 12-Nov-14 28-Jun-15
5 Development of Institutional Framework and Organizational Structure of DHM(A.1.1) PPCR/DHM/S/CQS-39 5 June, 2016 4 October, 2016
6 Development of Legal and regulatory framework for DHM operation(A.1.2) PPCR/DHM/S/CQS-13 26 February, 2016 10-Jul-18
7 Development of Needs Assessment and Design of Air Quality Monitoring Network(A.3.3a) PPCR/DHM/S/CQS-36 6 July, 2016 5 December, 2016
8 Lightning Detection Network ((Supply, Delivery, Installation and Commissioning) (B.1.7) PPCR/DHM/G/ICB-24 10 March, 2016 31st Oct. 2017
9 Supply and Delivery of RS and GIS Laboratory Setup(B.2.3) PPCR/DHM/G/NCB-17 10 December, 2015 9 June, 2016
10 Development of High Resolution Digital Elevation Model (DEM) PPCR/DHM/S/CQS-26 30 August, 2017 31-Mar-18
of Koshi Basin, Terai Region(C.2.3)
11 Construction of infrastructure (approach road, store, water tank etc) for installation of RADAR centre in Surkhet(B.1.4) PPCR/DHM/W/NCB-11 19-Nov-17 31-Mar-18
12 Maintenance of Store house at RADAR site Surkhet(B.1.4) PPCR/DHM/W/SH-15 1-Apr-18 15-May-18
13 Shifting of electric pole and electrification to the Radar Site(B.1.4) PPCR/DHM/W/SH-13 4-Nov-16 3-Jan-17
14 Shifting of electric pole and electrification to Radiosonde site, Kirtipur, TU.(B.1.5) PPCR/DHM/W/SH-14 28-Nov-17 7-Feb-18
15 Construction of Compound wall, Fencing, Water Tank etc at RADAR site in Surkhet (B1.5) PPCR/DHM/W/SH-13 5 Dec. 2018 5-Mar-19
16 Construction of Protection wall in Approach Road at RADAR site Surkhet. (B.1.2) PPCR/DHM/W/SH-16 16 Dec. 2018 5-Mar-19
17 Construction of infrastructure (approach road, store, water tank etc) for installation of Upper Air Radiosonde in Kirtipur(B.1.5) PPCR/DHM/W/NCB-12-1 11-Jun-18 23 March, 2019
18 Procurement Management Training to BRCH/DHM Personnel (A 2.1) PPCR/DHM/NS/SH-5 10 March, 2019 18-Mar-19
19 Upper-Air Radio Sounding Equipment (Supply, Installation and Commissioning) (B.1.5) PPCR/DHM/G/ICB-18 6 October, 2016 26-Apr-19
20 ICT Infrastructure and Management System (Supply, Delivery and Installation)(B2.1) PPCR/DHM/G/NCB-30 13 April, 2017 12 Jan, 2019
21 End to End FEWS in Koshi and West Rapti basins to Support and Strengthening Disaster Risk Management(C.2.1, C.2.2, C.2.4) PPCR/DHM/QCBS-34 9-Apr-17 31  December, 2018
22 Weather Radar for Detection of Heavy Precipitation & other Meteorological Phenomena (Design, Supply, Installation and Commissioning)(B.1.4) PPCR/DHM/G/ICB-29 27-Jun-17 26-Feb-19
23 Construction of High Quality Earthing System for Lightning Safety at RADAR Site (B. 1.2) PPCR/DHM/W/SH-24 25 March, 2019 2-Apr-19
24 Procurement of laptop-8 (including software, other office equipment and machines)-(A.3.2) PPCR/DHM/G/SH-49

Contracts under Implementation:(18 nos.) as of 31 May 2019

Sr. No. List of Activity Contract Id. No. Contract Signed date Contract end date Status Responsible Persons Remarks
1 Technical Re-equipment of Hydrological Network and Special Equipment for Hydrological Stations (Supply, Installation and Commissioning) (B.1.1), (B.1.3) PPCR/DHM/G/ICB-25 31 January, 2017 31-Oct-19 Under implementation. Installed 50 stations, Ongoing in 5 stations .Necessary installation plan to be prepared for remaining stations (15 stations). Fencing work for most of the station could not meet the requirement as per contract. DHM finalized the rate analysis for fencing RTS agreed on fencing rate analysis and in the process of DHM approval. Rajendra Sharma, PMU, SI
BishnuPaudel, DurgaP.Shakya
Coordination Unit
Committee (Rudra, Chirinjibi, HareRam, Ranjeet Gami & SI) submitted draft report for fencing unit cost of hydro & met stns for discussion with PMU.
Validity of Performance Security to be extended
2 Surface Meteorological Network (Supply, Delivery, Installation and Commissioning) (B.1.6), (B.1.7) PPCR/DHM/G/ICB-23 24 January, 2017 31 October, 2019 Installed 42 stations.Planed to install 9 AWS in central and eastern Nepal.
13 Airport cleared for installation.
Request send for TIA for clearance the site RTS submitted updated revised work schedule to BRCH/DHM on 23 May’19Finalization for 6 remaining airport. New airport (Talcha) not finalized yet.Fencing part same as hydro package.
Shiva Nepal/ Chiranjibi Bhetuwal
Committee (Rudra, Chirinjibi, HareRam, Ranjeet Gami & SI) submitted draft report for fencing unit cost of hydro & met stns for discussion with PMU.
Contractor:
MicroStep-MIS, spol. S.r.o, Slovakia
Contract needs to be amended by addressing fencing issue, station upgrade (changed tier type)
3 ICT Infrastructure and Data Management Consultant(B 2.2) PPCR/DHM/S/CQS-41 17-Oct-17 15-Aug-19 RTS to make arrangement to share data with AMIS.Need to coordinate with different systems supplier by focal point and provide all the information to RTS (Radiosonde, RADAR, lightening and others) within 3rd week of April 2019.
1st interium report accepted by SI
Sunny Maharjan/ Rudra Pariyar Consulting firm: RTS
4 Implementing and commissioning of High Resolution Local Area Numerical Weather Prediction System at DHM(B 2.2) PPCR/DHM/S/CQS-42 22-Feb-19 21-Nov-19 Under Implementation FP: RajuDP (Proposed) Consultant:ESS Weather tech PTY. Ltd, Autralia
5 High Performance Computing Platform for Numerical Weather Prediction (Supply, Installation and Commissioning)(B.3.1) PPCR/DHM/G/ICB-28 5-Jul-18 29-May-19 Equipment kept at NITC
Waiting technical expert from ESS for installation of HPC at NITC. Generally, it will take three weeks (max.)
Gaurav Giri

For financial matters:
Bishnu Sharma/ Durga P. Shakya

Contractor: ESS Weather tech PTY. Lrd, Australia
6 Hydro-Meteorological Workstation and Automated Production System (supply, installation and commissioning)(C.1.1, C.2.2, C.3, C.4.1, C.4.3 ) PPCR/DHM/G/ICB-45 1-Aug-18 31-Aug-19 Tax issue has been resolved. MFI is going to submit the pro-forma invoice to DHM to open LC Delayed in submitting the pro-forma invoice, delay the project for approximately 3 weeks and MFI submitted new schedule for workstation.CAP implementation-need to coordinate with NEOC, MoHA Sujan Subedi Contractor:Meteo France International (MFI), France

Awaiting pro-forma invoice from MFI for LC opening.

7 Implementation and Commissioning of Public Web Service for DHM(C.1.2) PPCR/DHM/S/CQS-56 1-Feb-19 30-Nov-19 Work has been started and Inception Report submitted. 1st payment to be made after approval of inception report. Gaurav Giri Consulting Firm: Infodevelopers
8 System Integrator (FMI in association with FCG-Finland, ADAPT-Nepal and ERMC-Nepal)(A.3.1) PPCR/DHM/S/FBS-11 19-Jun-14 31Dec. 2019 Ongoing Contract amendment -3 with additional new activities in Annex will be signed within 1st week of May’19 WB already provided concent on this. Consult: FMI, Finland in association with FCG, Finland, ADAPT Nepal & ERMC, Nepal
9 Detailed Design and Supervision of DHM Office Building(A.3.4) PPCR/DHM/S/CQS-8 8 June, 2014 2-Jun-19 Ongoing,
Contract extended up to 2 June 2019,
Letter of claiming escalation received.decision to be made by DHM and need to take WB’s concent,
Contract Amendment needs to be signed
Kedar Regmi
Bishnu Paudel
RatnaK. Shrestha
Consulting Firm: Creative Design, Nepal
10 Reconstruction & Refurbishment of DHM Office Building (Construction of
Building, Civil, Interior, Mechanical, Electrical and Plumbing Works)(B.5.1)
PPCR/DHM/W/ICB-10 2 February, 2017 2 June, 2019 Structure completed.
VO approved and contract period extended by 4 months (2nd June2019).
Kedar Regmi Contractor:
Dafe-Samanantar JV, Nepal
11 Establishment of a Weather Presentation System at DHM [Supply, Installation and Commissioning (TV Studio)(C.1.2) PPCR/DHM/G/ICB-47 25-Mar-19 24 Nov. 2019 Under Implementation Sujan Subedi Contractor:
CHYRONHEGO,Norway
12 Improvement of Hydrological Station of Saptakoshi river at Chatara (B.1.2) PPCR/DHM/W/SH-17 24-Apr-19 15-Jun-19 Under Implementation Rajendra Sharma/Hareram Lamichhane  
13 Improvement of Hydrological stations of Tamor river, MewaKhola and KabeliKhola at Taplejung (B.1.2) PPCR/DHM/W/SH-21 24-Apr-19 15-Jun-19 Under Implementation Rajendra Sharma/Hareram Lamichhane  
14 Establishment of Laboratory to Calibrate Meteorological Equipment (Supply, installation and Commissioning)(B.1.9) PPCR/DHM/G/ICB-46 23-May-19 22-Oct-19 Waiting fot Pro-forma invoice
Under Implementation
Chiranjibi Bhetuwal Contractor:Huayun Meteorological Technology Group Corporation, China
15 Improvement of Hydrological stations of East Rapti River at Rajaya and  Bagmati at Raigaun and Bhorleni (B.1.2) PPCR/DHM/W/SH-19 Under Implementation Rajendra Sharma/Hareram Lamichhane.  
16 Improvement of Hydrological stations of  West Rapti River at Kusum (B.1.2) PPCR/DHM/W/SH-20 Under Implementation Rajendra Sharma/Hareram Lamichhane.  
17 Furniture and Fixture for DHM new Building (B.5.1) PPCR/DHM/G/NCB-56 Post Review Under Implementation Rajendra Sharma/Hareram Lamichhane.  
18 Training  on ‘Strategic planning and organization management, Leadership, Project management, Communication & Customer liaison PPCR/DHM/x/SH-xx Training started at Nepal dministrative Staff College on 27 May 2019. Kamal Datta Acharya Yet to be included in Procurement Plan

Status Update of Project Activities (30 Sep, 2018) 

  • Reconstruction & Refurbishment of DHM Office Building(ICB No: PPCR/DHM/W/ICB-10) is going on. Frame structural work of the building has been completed. Overall progress of building construction is 62% of total work. Compliance monitoring of site specific ESMP is being conducted regularly.
  • Upgrading of Surface Meteorological Network (Supply, Delivery, Installation and Commissioning) is going on. Environment and social requirements for each station are under way and will be completed before starting the installation activity.
  • Regarding Technical Re-equipment of Hydrological Network and Special Equipment for Hydrological Stations(Supply, Delivery, Installation and Commissioning); Real Time Solution (RTS) Pvt. Ltd. J/V Waves Group Pvt. Ltd. has completed installation of 38 Hydrological stations.  Environment and social requirements for each station are under way and will be completed before starting the installation activity. 
  • Installation of Upper-Air Radiosonde has been completed. Construction of infrastructure (approach road, store, water tank etc.) is going on.
  • Tower installation work for Weather Radar at Ratanangla has been completed.
  • For the procurement of High Power Computer for NWP, DHM has signed contract with ESS Weather Tech Pvt. Ltd. on 5 July, 2018.
  • Regarding establishment ofEnd to End FEWS in Koshi and West Rapti Basins to Support and Strengthening Disaster Risk Management” consulting firm has submitted Operational and Commissioning Report to DHM.
  • ICT Infrastructure and Data Management Consultant: Real Time Solution, under the guidance of DHM is taking care of the system of ICT Infrastructure and Data Management at NITC, Singhdurbar.
  • RFP for Implementing and Commissioning of High Resolution Local Area Numerical Weather Prediction System at DHM is under evaluation.
  • DHM has signed contract for Hydro-Meteorological Workstation and Automated Production System with MFI on 1 Aug, 2018 which is under implementation.
  • Re-EoI notice will be published for Development and Operationalization of Forecast Verification System
  • Bid evaluation for Establishment of Weather Presentation System (supply, installation and commissioning) is going on.
  • Bid evaluation for Establishment of Laboratory to Calibrate Meteorological Equipment (supply, installation and commissioning) going on.
  • RFP for Development, Implementation and Commission of Public Web Service for DHM has been issued to Info Developers, Nepal and will be opened on 14 Oct, 2018.