Project Name Road Sector Development Project
Project Number 31280-013
Country Sri Lanka
Project Status Closed
Project Type / Modality of Assistance Loan
Source of Funding / Amount
Loan 1986-SRI: Road Sector Development Project
Asian Development Fund US$ 56.50 million
Loan 8206-SRI: Road Sector Development Project
OPEC Fund for International Development US$ 8.50 million
Loan: Road Sector Development Project
Japan Bank for International Cooperation (ODA) US$ 80.00 million
Strategic Agendas Inclusive economic growth
Drivers of Change Governance and capacity development
Private sector development
Sector / Subsector

Transport - Road transport (non-urban)

Gender Equity and Mainstreaming No gender elements
Description The Project will be the first intervention under the medium-term program for road sector development in Sri Lanka. The first objective is to improve transport efficiency by (i) strengthening national and provincial roads institutions to perform their core role of strategic management and planning of the road network; (ii) developing strong, competitive domestic capacity for road construction and engineering services; (iii) planning, executing, and financing road maintenance on a sustainable basis; and (iv) upgrading and increasing capacity of priority roads. The second objective is to increase private sector participation in the road sector by (i) increased outsourcing of RDA construction and maintenance work and engineering services, and (ii) increasing opportunities for private operation of bus services. The Project will also improve the governance of the road sector by increasing transparency.
Project Rationale and Linkage to Country/Regional Strategy
Impact Economic growth and poverty reduction in Project target areas
Project Outcome
Description of Outcome

Improvement of transport efficiency by

Strengthening national and provincial road institutions to perform their core role of strategic management and planning of the road network;

Developing strong, competitive domestic capacity for road construction and engineering services; and

Investing in priority road improvements

Progress Toward Outcome
Implementation Progress
Description of Project Outputs

1. Reform of national highway provisions

1.1. Private sector participation

1.2. Implementation of reengineering action plans

2. Strengthening provincial roads provision

2.1. Institutional development program

2.2. Interprovincial coordination

3. Strategic roads improvement

3.1. Provincial roads improvement

3.2. Design of national roads development

Status of Implementation Progress (Outputs, Activities, and Issues)
Geographical Location Western, North Central, North Western and Uva provinces
Safeguard Categories
Environment B
Involuntary Resettlement
Indigenous Peoples
Summary of Environmental and Social Aspects
Environmental Aspects
Involuntary Resettlement
Indigenous Peoples
Stakeholder Communication, Participation, and Consultation
During Project Design
During Project Implementation
Business Opportunities
Consulting Services

There will be 3 consulting services packages required under the loan for (i) reform program, (ii) project implementation, and (iii) detailed design of national highways development. For the reform of national highway provision, an international consulting firm in association with domestic consultants will be appointed. It is estimated that about 60 person-months of international consultants and 130 person-months of domestic consultants will be required. The consultants will assist RDA to plan, develop, test and document new procedures and road management systems and improve existing procedures; provide training to RDA staff in the application of new procedures and systems; and assist the RDA to monitor and evaluate progress.

Second, an international consulting firm in association with domestic consultants will also be recruited as a project implementation consultant for the provincial roads improvement component. The consultant's responsibilities will cover (i) services to support the project management unit in implementation of the improvement of about 1,000 km provincial roads in North Central, North Western, Western, and Uva provinces, including specification and packaging of contracts, contract administration, construction supervision, and project impact monitoring and evaluation; and (ii) an institutional development program to strengthen the capability of the four provincial road administrations so that they can manage and maintain the secondary road network efficiently. An estimated 300 person-months of international and 1,850 person-months of domestic consulting services will be required. The international consultants will also provide on-the-job training to the counterpart staff and domestic consultants. The domestic consulting services will include monitoring the social and poverty impact of the Project.

Third, consulting services for National Highways Development will be required to conduct detailed design of the roads selected for improvement by the ADB-financed TA feasibility study on National Highways Development attached to the Project. The services will be carried out by a team consisting of international and domestic consulting firms. Staffing inputs will be about 50 person-months of international consultants and 100 person-months of domestic consultants. Expertise required will include highway design, materials and pavement engineering, structure engineering, contract management, and environment assessment; and a resettlement specialist acceptable to ADB. The duration of the consulting services will be eight months. Advance action for selection of consulting services was approved by ADB on 03 May 2002.

Procurement All civil works contract packages (about 70 contract packages) will be procured in accordance with ADB's Guidelines for Procurement following local competitive bidding procedures. Supply contracts will be procured through international shopping for contracts with an estimated value of $100,000 - 500,000, and through direct purchase arrangement for contracts with an estimated value less than $100,000. Eligible bidders of civil works will be either domestic private companies appropriately registered with ICTAD or foreign companies operating in Sri Lanka. RCDC and other Government-backed contractors will not eligible to bid.
Responsible ADB Officer Nissanka Salgado
Responsible ADB Department South Asia Department
Responsible ADB Division Sri Lanka Resident Mission
Executing Agencies
Ministry of Prov'l Councils & Regional Development
Mr. Ranjith Pemasiri
330 Union Place, Colombo 2
Sri Lanka
Ministry of Highway-COLOMBO
Mr. S. Chandrapalan
#1 Dr. Wijawardena Mawatha
Colombo 10
Sri Lanka
Concept Clearance 08 Mar 2001
Fact Finding 10 May 2001 to 25 May 2001
MRM 03 May 2002
Approval 11 Dec 2012
Last Review Mission -
PDS Creation Date 10 Aug 2006
Last PDS Update 15 Apr 2010

LoanĀ 1986-SRI

Approval Signing Date Effectivity Date Closing
Original Revised Actual
19 Dec 2002 10 Feb 2003 22 May 2003 30 Jun 2008 31 Dec 2008 14 May 2009
Financing Plan Loan Utilization
Total (Amount in US$ million) Date ADB Others Net Percentage
Project Cost 136.50 Cumulative Contract Awards
ADB 56.50 19 Dec 2002 58.85 0.00 98%
Counterpart 0.00 Cumulative Disbursements
Cofinancing 80.00 19 Dec 2002 60.29 0.00 100%

LoanĀ 8206-SRI

Financing Plan Loan Utilization
Total (Amount in US$ million) Date ADB Others Net Percentage
Project Cost 8.50 Cumulative Contract Awards
ADB 0.00 - 0.00 0.00 %
Counterpart 0.00 Cumulative Disbursements
Cofinancing 8.50 - 0.00 0.00 %

This project data sheet was generated from on 26 November 2015