Project Data Sheet

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PDS Creation Date 03 Mar 2007
PDS Updated as of 25 Sep 2014

Project Name Andkhoy-Qaisar Road Project
Country Afghanistan
Project/Program Number 37075-013
Status Closed
Geographical Location Faryab Province in north western Afghanistan
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 Category 4: No gender elements (NGE)


Type/Modality of Assistance Approval Number Source of Funding Approved Amount (thousand)
Loan2140Asian Development Fund80,000
TOTAL US$ 80,000

Safeguard Categories

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Environment B
Involuntary Resettlement B
Indigenous Peoples C

Summary of Environmental and Social Issues

Environmental Aspects
The environmental impacts associated with the Project mostly occur during construction. The potential adverse impacts are temporary and manageable. Mitigation measures are incorporated in the contract document.
Involuntary Resettlement
The road improvement are carried out along the existing alignment and on the existing embankment. In places where the existing embankment is not wide enough to accommodate the design width, shoulder width has been reduced to avoid resettlement impacts. However, after finalization of detailed design during implementation, if resettlement impacts are identified, resettlement plan will be prepared as per the Asian Development Bank (ADB) Policy on Involuntary Resettlement.
Indigenous Peoples
No impact on indigenous people or ethnic minorities in the project areas.

Stakeholder Communication, Participation and Consultation

Public consultation during the preparation of the IEE was done in a very informal manner with the population living along the road project. In general, consulted communities did not show any objection to the proposed improvement, and did not have any particular concerns about the potential impacts associated with the Project. Therefore, MPW should carry out a public consultation during project implementation, particularly prior to the start of the construction.

During Project Design
Appropriate consultations occurred through four missions (a fact-finding mission, a special consultation mission, a pre-appraisal mission, and an appraisal mission) involving 172 person-days of ADB staff input. A wide range of stakeholders were consulted during project processing, including the government, the Embassy of Sweden, the United States Army Corps of Engineers, the European Commission, the World Bank, the United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan, the United Nations Office for Project Services, and the World Food Programme. The project was at risk of cancellation during loan processing, but the issue was resolved through discussions between the government and ADB special consultation missions.
During Project Implementation
The contractors conducted briefings for workers on safety and cultural issues. Local consultations were organized to address safety, social, and cultural issues during implementation. Women were given employmentopportunities, with some working on project sites as cleaners and gardeners.


Project Rationale and Linkage to Country/Regional Strategy

The project design and outputs at appraisal were relevant and consistent with the government's National Development Framework which was developed in 2002 and evolved into the National Development Strategy in 2008. This project was also aligned with the ADB's country strategy and program update, which focused on rehabilitation of the national road network, international link roads, and other key infrastructure. While the project involved rehabilitation and reconstruction of an important section of the primary road network, related policy and institutional reforms in the transport sector was addressed by the Post-Conflict Multisector Program.

Development Impact

Promote economic and social development and reduce poverty in the project area

Project Outcome

Description of Outcome
1. Reduce transport costs and travel time on the project road. 2. Provide rural population with better access to social services, markets, and other economic opportunities. 3. Enhance project management capability of Ministry of Public Works (MPW).
Progress Towards Outcome
The PCR for L2140 AFG was completed in 2010. The loan remained open only due to the capitalization of interest charge. Loan closed on 30 June 2014.

Outputs and Implementation Progress

Description of Project Outputs
A primary road section from Adkhoy to Qaisar improved to a standard that allows smooth passage of all types of vehicles, and equipped with facility for road tolling and axle-load control Primary roads equipped with facility for road tolling and axle-load control Project managers, accountants, engineers, and other administrative staff within MPW have experience in implementing large investment projects
Status of Implementation Progress (Outputs, Activities, and Issues)
Completed with some delays due to security problems. Loan closed on 30 June 2014. Cancelled at the request of the government as the implementing environment was not yet ready. Cancelled at the request of the government as the implementing environment was not yet ready. Cancelled at the request of the government as the implementing environment was not yet ready. Completed with several EA staff trained throughout the project implementation.
Status of Development Objectives
Material Changes

Business Opportunities

Date of First Listing 2011 Oct 20
Consulting Services
Consulting services will be required to assist the Ministry of Public Works in implementation of the Project. The consulting services will involve (i) certification of the force account works to be carried out by MPW, (ii) supervision of three civil works contracts to be procured by MPW and executed by international civil works contractors under the FIDIC conditions, (iii) supervision of supply and installation of weighing machines and tolling equipment, and (iv) project performance monitoring. The consultants will also provide on-the-job training to the counterpart staff in MPW. The consulting services will be provided by an international firm in association with domestic consultants. The firms will be selected and engaged in accordance with ADB's Guidelines on the Use of Consultants using the quality- and cost-based selection method for full technical proposals. The consulting services will require about 100 person-months of international consultants and about 500 person-months of domestic consultants over a period of 30 months. The consultants should have expertise in (i) highway, materials, structural, and environmental engineering, (ii) road tolling and axle-load control, (iii) road safety, (iv) civil works contract administration under the FIDIC conditions, (v) information and communications technology, and (vi) socio-economic benefit monitoring. The Expression of Interest (EOI) must be received by ARDS PU at the address below not later than the end of the working day of 23 December 2004. Both hard copies and soft copies received through e-mail will be considered for shortlisting. Reference MPW/311 must be quoted on all correspondence and the Expressions of Interest. Further information can be obtained from: The Manager Procurement Unit Ministry of Reconstruction Afghanistan Reconstruction and Development Services, Procurement Unit (ARDS PU) Ministry of Planning Building 5 & 6th Floors Malik Asghar Square Kabul, Afghanistan Digital phone: +93 20 210 3608 Email: and
Procurement of goods, services and civil works to be financed under the Project will be carried out in accordance with ADB's Guidelines for Procurement, with flexible interpretation, wherever essential. Civil works contracts will be procured through international competitive bidding (ICB). Approval of Advance procurement action for civil works will be sought at the Management Review Meeting.
Procurement and Consulting Notices


Concept Clearance
Fact-finding 19 May 2004 to 03 Jun 2004
Management Review Meeting 17 Aug 2004
Approval 15 Dec 2004
Last Review Mission


Approval No. Approval Signing Effectivity Closing
Original Revised Actual
Loan 2140 15 Dec 2004 07 Apr 2005 08 Jul 2005 30 Jun 2014 30 Jun 2014


Date Approval Number ADB (US$ thousand) Others (US$ thousand) Net Percentage
Cumulative Contract Awards
25 Oct 2014 Loan 2140 62,700 0 94.00%
Cumulative Disbursements
25 Oct 2014 Loan 2140 66,734 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 2140 Satisfactory Satisfactory Satisfactory Satisfactory Satisfactory

Contacts and Update Details

Responsible ADB Officer Zheng Wu (
Responsible ADB Department Central and West Asia Department
Responsible ADB Divisions Transport and Communications Division, CWRD
Executing Agencies Ministry of Public Works
H. E Dr. Wali Mohammad Rasooli, Ministry of Public Works


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