Project Data Sheet

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PDS Creation Date 22 Jul 2009
PDS Updated as of 16 Jan 2014

Project Name MFF - Rural Roads Sector II Investment Program (Project 3)
Country India
Project/Program Number 37066-043
Status Closed
Geographical Location Assam and West Bengal
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
Subsector Road transport (non-urban)
Strategic Agendas Inclusive economic growth (IEG)
Drivers of Change
Gender Equity and Mainstreaming Categories


Type/Modality of Assistance Approval Number Source of Funding Approved Amount (thousand)
Loan2445Ordinary capital resources130,000
Counterpart 38,800
TOTAL US$ 168,800

Safeguard Categories

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Environment B
Involuntary Resettlement C
Indigenous Peoples C

Summary of Environmental and Social Issues

Environmental Aspects
Involuntary Resettlement
Indigenous Peoples

Stakeholder Communication, Participation and Consultation

During Project Design
During Project Implementation


The Project will finance part of the cost of a subset of the Investment Program comprising construction and upgrading of 950 kilometers (km) rural roads in the state of Assam and 720 km rural roads in the state of West Bengal that are part of the Government of India's rural roads program - Pradhan Mantri Gram Sadak Yojana (PMGSY) meaning Prime Minister's Rural Roads Program. It is expected that the proposed investment will bring about the outcome of reduced poverty and deprivation, and economic growth of rural communities in the vicinity of the subproject roads by providing them with enhanced access to markets; employment opportunities; and social services including health and education.

Project Rationale and Linkage to Country/Regional Strategy

Poor road infrastructure affects economic growth in rural areas. It impacts negatively on domestic and local trade, on the final cost of goods, competition and competitiveness, logistics in general, movement of people, inward investment opportunities, and ultimately on employment. Poor road connectivity has a strong link to poverty. Past neglect of the rural road network has cut off rural communities from mainstream economic centers in the country and even locally. Poor road connectivity has resulted in slow development, and in some cases a faster than needed exodus of young people to cities. The Government is trying to redress this problem under PMGSY, Assam, Orissa, and West Bengal, which are first targeted under the Investment Program, are among the 10 states with large rural populations that lack adequate coverage in terms of all-weather road connectivity. The poverty head count rates in these states are among the highest in India.

Development Impact

Contribute to reduction in poverty and deprivation, and support economic growth of the community connected by Investment Program roads.

Project Outcome

Description of Outcome
Improved connectivity of rural community to markets, district headquarters, and other centers of economic activity via Investment Program roads
Progress Towards Outcome
As of 30 Jun 2013, a total of 1,123 habitations have been connected with breakdown as follows: i) Assam - 526; and ii) West Bengal - 597.

Outputs and Implementation Progress

Description of Project Outputs
Construction and upgrading of rural roads to all-weather standard. Improved community participation
Status of Implementation Progress (Outputs, Activities, and Issues)
As of 31 Dec 2013, 1,615.06 km completed with breakdown as follows: West Bengal - 800.22 km, and Assam - 814.84 km. Target is fully achieved.
Status of Development Objectives
Material Changes

Business Opportunities

Date of First Listing 2009 Feb 24
Consulting Services
Tranche 3 does not have any provision for financing consulting services. Technical support consultant's (TSC) services required for preparation of PFR3 were financed under Project 1. For the implementation of Project 3, TSC's services will be financed under Tranche 1, and, after closing of Tranche 1, will be financed under Tranche 2.
Under the advance contracting and retroactive financing provisions of the FFA, the two state Implementing Agencies started procurement action as early as in August 2007. The first contract award under Project 3 was in December 2007 in West Bengal and in May 2008 in Assam. In West Bengal, all the civil works contracts under Project 3 have been awarded. In Assam, contract award is taking place in phases. Procurement of civil works followed national competitive bidding procedure using the PMGSY standard bidding documents and procedures with the agreed ADB-financing specific adjustments in the areas of eligibility, anticorruption, social and environmental safeguards as was used under Project 1. An ADB-engaged procurement consultant carried out post-facto review of the procurement process followed and documentation used, and confirmed that there was no departure from the earlier-agreed procurement arrangements. The Procurement Plan is included as part of the submitted PFR.
Procurement and Consulting Notices


Concept Clearance
Management Review Meeting
Approval 26 Sep 2008
Last Review Mission


Approval No. Approval Signing Effectivity Closing
Original Revised Actual
Loan 2445 26 Sep 2008 10 Nov 2008 05 Jan 2009 31 Dec 2010 30 Jun 2013 19 Nov 2013


Date Approval Number ADB (US$ thousand) Others (US$ thousand) Net Percentage
Cumulative Contract Awards
20 Sep 2014 Loan 2445 121,730 0 100.00%
Cumulative Disbursements
20 Sep 2014 Loan 2445 121,730 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 2445 Satisfactory Satisfactory Satisfactory

Contacts and Update Details

Responsible ADB Officer Lee Ming Tai (
Responsible ADB Department South Asia Department
Responsible ADB Divisions Transport and Communications Division, SARD
Executing Agencies Ministry of Rural Development
J. K. Mohapatra


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