Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (Two Years)), 20 credits / 30 HE credits
There are many factors associated with an urban environment that enrich or
diminish the experience of the environment. These factors have a significant influence on how
an urban morphology is appraised within the social, economical, and environmental
framework. One of such factors is the urban transport system that represents the mobility of
the people and accessibility to public services. This thesis is an assessment of a current
transport system in Kathmandu city centre in comparison to Kathmandu Sustainable Urban
Transport Project (KSUTP) promoted by Ministry of Physical Planning and Works in
cooperation from Asian Development Bank (ADB). The study aims to find the optimal
strategic alternative between the current system and KSUTP. The focus area is the historic
city centre, because of its cultural, historical, architectural, and aesthetical significance.
Two methods are used for two different purposes; first to measure people’s appraisal and
second, to evaluate action alternatives. Measurement of Experience in Environment from
Results of Core affect Investigation (MEERCI) is used to measure people’s appraisal and
experience of the urban characters of Kathmandu city centre. The results from this survey will
provide a background on people’s assessment of the city environs, and collected data from
field work will be used in Generic Multi-Attribute Analysis (GMAA) model to determine the
best strategic plan for developing sustainable urban transport system for Kathmandu city
centre. The hard facts and figures are collected from authorities, ministries, and previous
researches, which is then entered into the model to evaluate the optimal alternative.
It is concluded that improvements in the current transport system in Kathmandu city centre,
with the implementation of KSUTP, will result in better environment for the local population,
local economy, public services, and transport facilities. In short, the quality of life will be
enhanced with an upgrade in the urban transport system.
2012. , 86 p.