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Optimal Strategic Plan for Sustainable Urban Transport System in Kathmandu City Centre: Using Decision Support Systems
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Science and Technology, Earth Sciences, Department of Earth Sciences.
2012 (English)Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (Two Years)), 20 credits / 30 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

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. 

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2012. , 86 p.
Keyword [en]
urban, transport, sustainable development, GMAA, MEERCI
National Category
Natural Sciences Earth and Related Environmental Sciences
URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-176159OAI: diva2:534475
Educational program
Master Programme in Sustainable Development
2012-05-31, Norrland, Villavagen 16, Uppsala, 20:57 (English)
Life Earth Science
Available from: 2012-06-21 Created: 2012-06-17 Last updated: 2012-06-21Bibliographically approved

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