After about five months of operation and test running, the private operator in the Butwal Street Light Project is implementing a systematic upgrade to the system to provide better lighting in close coordination with the municipality and the Users’ committee. The upgrading is required because of the low sunlight levels during winter in the Terai region. The Solar Street Light project in Butwal installed 48 street lights in the central business district (downtown) of the city along streets of Amarpath, Ram Mandir Path, Naya Sadak and BP Chowk. Most of the important trading services are concentrated in that area. Residents of Wards 6, 7 and 8, where these streets are situated, are enjoying the benefits from solar-powered lighting. The lights have provided a reliable lighting system along the streets and have made it possible for the market area to be open longer in the evening to provide better trading services. Prolonged load-shedding had seriously affected business activity in this otherwise vibrant area of Butwal.
PPPUE completed a training on PPP (8 days from December 1 - 8, 2011) for representatives of consultant companies from eight municipalities throughout Nepal. One of the deficiencies identified by the PPPUE project in the municipalities it worked in was some inadequacy in the proper development of PPP projects. Therefore the project wanted to create awareness and knowledge amongst local consultancy firms and build their expertise in this important area so that the firms could provide the required advisory and support services to the local body. These firms can later on down the line provide the required technical support to local bodies the PPPUE project has been providing so far.
Public-Private Partnerships for Urban Environment (PPPUE) is a nationally executed UNDP project implemented by the Ministry of Local Development of the Government of Nepal. The project started its operation in March 2002. The revised second phase of the project commenced in January 2010 and will conclude by December 2012.
The objective of the PPPUE project is to increase the access of the urban poor to basic services and to contribute to the creation of a healthy environment and the improvement of living conditions in urban and peri-urban areas of Nepal by promoting partnerships between public and private sectors for the sustainable provision of urban services. The main activities of PPPUE are policy guidance, institution building & partnership development, capacity development and support to model projects.