Informal Survey of Roadside Infrastructure around Kathmandu

This map is now complete and the data has been accepted by the Kathmandu Valley Development Authority. Our team thereby has finished performing systematic sweeps of key public infrastructure around Kathmandu. If you would like the data, for further processing, classification or interpretation, please contact us. It is freely available. Click here for our copyright policy. This project was coded by Anurodh Pokharel, pictures taken by Shyam Gnawali, and coordinated by Omprakash Gnawali and Atul Pokharel. Ajaya Budathoki, Ayush Pokharel and Victor Shnayder provided additional support.

Please note: this is not crowdsourced, and so if a location is not marked then it did not have visible damage at the time of the survey (April 27th-April 28th, 2015 NST).

Each red marker is an instance of damage to public infrastructure around Kathmandu. If the location around this route below is not marked, then there isn’t visible damage. On this map, public infrastructure is a road, bridge or power/communication wire/pole.

You can click on the marker to see a high resolution image. Below the map are more details on how this map was made.

What is marked? Public infrastructure such as roads, bridges and utility poles. We have marked those places in which private structures such as homes are damaged and threaten public infrastructure.

How were the images collected? A member of our team performed an informal survey from Thankot, to Kalanki, around the ring road to Tinkune, along the Araniko highway to Bhaktapur Bus Park, around to Maharajgunj, to Budanilkantha and around the ring road in a circuit.  They took a picture at each spot of damage, keeping in mind to include in the picture something to indicate scale (whether people, or part of the motorcycle or other common item)

What is not marked? Homes or other non-public structures that are damaged and do not threaten public infrastructure, as well as non-visible structural damages. We also have not marked damage that arose after the survey (April 27th, Nepal Time). As time goes on, this map will be more inaccurate because the damage might be repaired, or more damage added. Furthermore, anything outside of our sweep area is not marked (for example, anything inside the Ring Road).

Who is this for? This map is primarily for Government agencies who need immediate pictures of locations in order to prioritize interventions or perform remote assessments. It is also for those who want to find out the extent of damage in any particular location.

Why are there no marks inside the ring road?  We did not survey the area inside the ring road. Many people live within the ring road, and there is a lot of attention given to the damage. However, fewer eyes are on key circulation infrastructure outside this area such as the ring road and beyond. We have continued mapping beyond the Ring Road, and are aiming to move into other districts.

Contact us at for more about how to participate, and what you will need in order to do so. If you know anyone outside of Kathmandu who might be able to help, please let us know.

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