Project Data Sheet

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PDS Creation Date 05 Jan 2007
PDS Updated as of

Project Name
Country Bhutan
Project/Program Number 32288-013
Geographical Location Sintokha-Trongsa-Trashigang and Trongsa-Zhemgang
In preparing any country program or strategy, financing any project, or by making any designation of, or reference to, a particular territory or geographic area in this document, the Asian Development Bank does not intend to make any judgments as to the legal or other status of any territory or area.
Sector Transport and ICT
Subsector Road Transport
Strategic Agendas
Drivers of Change
Gender Equity and Mainstreaming Categories


Type/Modality of Assistance Approval Number Source of Funding Approved Amount (thousand)

Safeguard Categories

For more information about the safeguard categories, please see

Environment B

Summary of Environmental and Social Issues

No significant environmental problems associated with the Project. The Project will reduce impact by slope stabilization, water management, and safety improvement. The Project will promote economic activities and improve the quality of life for rural people.

Environmental Aspects
Involuntary Resettlement
Indigenous Peoples

Stakeholder Communication, Participation and Consultation

As part of project preparation, a social assessment was carried out using participatory as well as survey approach. The assessment consisted of socioeconomic surveys, and focus group discussions with key stakeholders in 9 dzongkhag in the project area.

During Project Design
During Project Implementation


The objective of the Project is to undertake improvements on the East-West Highway, including resurfacing, construction of line drainage and slope protection works. Because the Project road is the only east-west link, the country will benefit from improved transport accessibility, savings in road maintenance costs and reduction in vehicle operating costs. The Project will also: (i) encourage private sector participation and assist in the development of the domestic contracting and consulting industry through the introduction of a plant hire scheme and pilot contractor program including small contractors; (ii) improve governance by providing institutional support to DOR; and (iii) reducing poverty by providing employment opportunities for the poor and improving access to health, education and other social services. The scope of the Project will comprise: (i) periodic maintenance works on about 310 km of the 546 km long East-West Highway, with mechanized techniques, including all related drainage works, in an environmentally sound manner; (ii) a plant hire scheme, in which DOR will purchase bitumen sealing equipment to be leased out to domestic contractors on a commercial basis under arrangements satisfactory to ADB; (iii) a pilot contractor scheme that will assist new domestic contractors with organizing and scheduling work, proper construction methods, administration and costing; (iv) consulting services for design and supervision of civil works; (v) a road safety component; (vi) a slope stabilization improvement program.

Project Rationale and Linkage to Country/Regional Strategy

Development Impact

Project Outcome

Description of Outcome
Progress Towards Outcome

Outputs and Implementation Progress

Description of Project Outputs
Status of Implementation Progress (Outputs, Activities, and Issues)
Status of Development Objectives
Material Changes

Business Opportunities

Date of First Listing
Consulting Services
Selection of consultants will be in accordance with the ADB's Guidelines on the Use of Consultants.
Procurement of civil works will be undertaken in accordance with ADB's Guidelines for Procurement following international shopping procedures.
Procurement and Consulting Notices


Concept Clearance 27 Mar 2000
Fact-finding 06 Mar 2000 to 23 Mar 2000
Management Review Meeting 16 May 2000
Approval 03 Oct 2000
Last Review Mission


Approval No. Approval Signing Effectivity Closing
Original Revised Actual
Loan 1763 03 Oct 2000 06 Nov 2000 23 Nov 2000 30 Jun 2005 28 Feb 2006 08 Aug 2006


Date Approval Number ADB (US$ thousand) Others (US$ thousand) Net Percentage
Cumulative Contract Awards
17 Sep 2014 Loan 1763 0 0 98.00%
Cumulative Disbursements
17 Sep 2014 Loan 1763 0 0 100.00%

Status of Covenants

Covenants are categorized under the following categories—audited accounts, safeguards, social, sector, financial, economic, and others. Covenant compliance is rated by category by applying the following criteria: (i) Satisfactory—all covenants in the category are being complied with, with a maximum of one exception allowed, (ii) Partly Satisfactory—a maximum of two covenants in the category are not being complied with, (iii) Unsatisfactory—three or more covenants in the category are not being complied with. As per the 2011 Public Communications Policy, covenant compliance ratings for Project Financial Statements apply only to projects whose invitation for negotiation falls after 2 April 2012.

Approval No. Category
Sector Social Financial Economic Others Safeguards Project Financial Statements
Loan 1763

Contacts and Update Details

Responsible ADB Officer
Responsible ADB Department South Asia Department
Responsible ADB Divisions Transport and Communications Division, SARD
Executing Agencies Department of Roads
Mr. Rinchen Dorji


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