Nepal road standards

Nepal has had road design manuals for many years. The first one I have seen reference to is the Manual of Highway Design and Construction of 1960. Various documents have been issued by a number of different government bodies since then

One document issued in 2013 is the Nepal Road Standard 2070 (ref. 2108). In its introduction this document says that:

“Nepal Road Standards -2027(Second Revision 2070), in short called NRS-2070, shall apply to all Strategic Roads in rural areas being constructed within Nepal. For non-strategic (Local Roads) and urban roads separate standards shall be considered”.

It seems thNepal 01at, at the 4th Kathmandu Sustainable Urban Mobility Forum held in February 2015 saw the presentation of a concept paper entitled “Nepal Urban Roads Standard”. This was developed with the support of UN_HABITAT. Certainly someone seems to have prepared a draft urban road standard in 2068/2011, and DoLIDAR issued a revised Nepal Rural Roads Standard in 2012.

The concept paper has a clear definition of urban roads, and includes typical cross-sections for each type of road (although the graphics aren’t as clear as they might be).


  • You can find more details about the Mobility Forum and the draft urban road standards on the “Clean Energy Nepal” page (here). The website has other interesting papers, including ones on walking and cycling in Nepal.
  • It might be an idea if DoLIDAR, the Department of Roads and others set up a joint webpage where they could list all documents relevant to road design and planning in Nepal.
  • “Get well soon Nepal”, best wishes for a speedy recovery from the earthquakes.


2108 – NRS-2070, “Nepal Road Standard 2070”, Department of Roads; 2013

508 – NRRS-2055 1st revision “Nepal Rural Road Standards”, DoLIDAR 2012

2107 – Nepal Urban Roads Standard, concept paper (draft for comments), UN-Habitat and others, 2015


About roadnotes

Robert Bartlett is an international consultant with over 30 years of professional experience as a highway and traffic engineer with leading companies and organisations in several countries, including Germany, China (Hong Kong), Qatar and the UK. Specialised in urban studies, transport and the use of GIS, research has included new ideas on subjects such as the study of social justice using GIS, the dimensions of vehicles, and comparative geometrics (highways and transport).
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