The Asian Development Bank (ADB) has renewed its commitment to develop Pokhara, Kaski, focusing on sustainable tourism and vital infrastructure. Senior ADB expert Arun Ramamurthy met Mayor Dhanraj Acharya to discuss ongoing and potential projects.

ADB has backed key projects like the Pokhara-Mugling road extension, aligning with the city’s tourism goals as well as the 5.34 million dollar Sahidchowk-Tinkune-Radhakrishnamarg-SOS-Ghalechowk-Hariyo Khark-PIA road plan.

An agreement is in place to upgrade roads, and sewers, and implement road safety measures in Pokhara.

The Panchase Area Conservation Project, covering 13 km of road upgrades from Damdame to Bhanjang, and conservation efforts for the Gurung Museum, receives 3.5 million US dollars. This ecologically significant region boasts diverse orchids and ponds.

The ‘Lake to Lake’ cycle track and Phewa Lake improvement project are also underway, connecting nine lakes and 18 wards through an 85-kilometer bicycle track.

Phewa Lake upgrades, including benches, toilets, and water fountains, cost 3.5 million USD. Plans for the Raniban Eco Trail and Phewa Lake Improvement Project include a glass bridge and integrated eco trail.