Project Data Sheet

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PDS Creation Date 31 Jan 2007
PDS Updated as of 20 Jul 2014

Project Name Roads Connectivity Sector I
Country Nepal
Project/Program Number 37266-032
Status Approved
Geographical Location
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 and/or Subsector Classification Transport and ICT
/ Road transport (non-urban)
Strategic Agendas
Drivers of Change
Gender Mainstreaming Categories

Financing

Type/Modality of Assistance Approval Number Source of Funding Approved Amount (thousand)
Grant0051Asian Development Fund55,200
Loan8231OPEC Fund for International Development10,000
Counterpart 14,800
TOTAL US$ 80,000

Safeguard Categories

For more information about the safeguard categories, please see http://www.adb.org/site/safeguards/safeguard-categories

Environment B
Involuntary Resettlement A
Indigenous Peoples B

Summary of Environmental and Social Issues

Environmental Aspects
Involuntary Resettlement
Indigenous Peoples

Stakeholder Communication, Participation and Consultation

During Project Design
Meetings held with all relevant stakeholders during project design.
During Project Implementation
Stakeholder meetings held to (i) familiar local communities about the project design and implementation produre; (ii) distribution of compensation packages; and (iii) address local grievances.

Description

The principal objective of the grant is to reduce the isolation of remote rural communities, mostly in the hilly region by enhancing access of the poor to basic services, employment opportunities, and service centers of health and education in major towns and district headquarters. The anti-trafficking program will help mitigate the spread of HIV/AIDS, and hence, is included in the HIV/AIDS and Anti-Trafficking Program to be financed by the Grant.

Project Rationale and Linkage to Country/Regional Strategy

Development Impact

Reduce poverty of isolated people in the hilly northern part of Nepal, and support economic growth of rural communities

Project Outcome

Description of Outcome
1. Enhance access to district headquarters, markets, employment opportunities and social services including health and education. 2. Increased traffic growth rate. 3. Reduced transport cost. 4. Reduced road accident rate. 5. Improved efficiency and sustainability of DOR in planning, constructing, and managing the SRN. 6. Enhanced capacity of local construction and consulting services 7. Prevention of HIV/AIDS and anti-trafficking
Progress Towards Outcome
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Outputs and Implementation Progress

Description of Project Outputs
(i) road connectivity (ii) Connected district headquarters (iii) Maintain SRN (iv) Road safety capacity improved in DOR (v) Strengthen road safety database (vi) Prevention of overloading (vii) Building capacity of DOR and local contractors increased (viii) HIV/AIDS and anti-trafficking component 1. Increased awareness about HIV/AIDS transmission by vulnerable people in the project area 2. Increased access and ability to use prevention services and products. Effective behaviour change program established through information and education campaigns, community mobilization and condom distribution. 3. Risk of being trafficked reduced for women and children. 4. Increased capacity of DOR to handle HIV/AIDS and anti-trafficking issues in road projects (ix) Domestic contractors engaged for works of project roads.
Status of Implementation Progress (Outputs, Activities, and Issues)
Road Connectivity: A total of 239.91 km of sample and 78 km non sample feeder roads have been upgraded to fair weather standard under the Project. Civil works of 22 contract packages have been completed. Construction of Sunkoshi Bridge in Khurkot was completed on 30 June 2014. Three district headquarters are connected to all weather road for the first time (Dhunche of Rasuwa, Manthali of Ramechhap, and Taplejung of Taplejung districts). Capacity Building: Training provided to DOR staff and local contractors under TA 4825 to increase their technical capacity. Training provided to DOTM staff in July 2012. Road Safety and Overloading: EA has prepared short and long term action plan to implement Heavy Vehicle Management Policy. IA has initiated procurement process to procure axel weigh bridges under Grant 0225: Subregional Transport Facilitation Project. HIV/Aids and anti-trafficking: Increased awareness and better road networks helped the target group access to VCT services and 321 people were referred for VCT service. 2,831 people working along project road under different packages, consultants have been sensitized on HIV/AIDs and human trafficking issues. 1,009(community people, hotel owners, transport operators) have also been sensitized. 15,477 brochures, 5,752 posters and 7,410 pamphlets distributed to raise the awarness among the target groups. 88,120 condoms have been distributed among target groups. the KAP assessment shows majority of the target group are consistently using condom. The male target group and female sex workers in the project road sections are aware about the benefit of using condoms. 2,721 (1,228 boys and 1,423 girls) participated in anti-trafficking awarness through school and health programs. 161 DOR staff and consultant participated in 10-12 programs conducted. Domestic Contractors: 23 civil work contract packages awarded under the Project. 12 (52%) were awarded to domestic contractors to strengthen capacity of local construction industry.
Status of Development Objectives
Material Changes

Business Opportunities

Date of First Listing 2006 Oct 19
Consulting Services
A consulting firm has been recruited using ADB's quality- and cost-based selection procedure in accordance with Guidelines on the Use of Consultants by the Asian Development Bank. It was envisaged that about 60 person-months of international consultants and 1,322 person-months of national consultants will be required for the Project. Consultants will carry out (i) detailed design and construction supervision of sample roads; and (ii) feasibility studies, preliminary, and detailed design and construction supervision of non-sample roads.
Procurement
23 contracts have been awarded for construction and upgrading of (i) 227 km sample feeder roads; and (ii) 263 km of non sample feeder roads to all weather standard. Procurement was carried out in accordance with ADB's Procurement Guidelines (2006).
Procurement and Consulting Notices
http://www.adb.org/projects/37266-032/business-opportunities

Timetable

Concept Clearance 07 Oct 2004
Fact-finding 08 Aug 2005 to 22 Aug 2005
Management Review Meeting 10 Mar 2006
Approval 10 Aug 2006
Last Review Mission

Milestones

Approval No. Approval Signing Effectivity Closing
Original Revised Actual
Grant 0051 10 Aug 2006 11 Sep 2006 20 Nov 2006 30 Jun 2013 31 Jul 2014

Utilization

Date Approval Number ADB (US$ thousand) Others (US$ thousand) Net Percentage
Cumulative Contract Awards
30 Jul 2014 Grant 0051 51,149 0 96.00%
Cumulative Disbursements
30 Jul 2014 Grant 0051 51,114 0 96.00%

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
Grant 0051 Satisfactory Satisfactory Satisfactory Satisfactory Satisfactory
Loan 8231 Satisfactory Satisfactory Satisfactory Satisfactory Satisfactory

Contacts and Update Details

Responsible ADB Officer Nianshan Zhang (zhangnianshan@adb.org)
Responsible ADB Department South Asia Department
Responsible ADB Divisions Nepal Resident Mission
Executing Agencies Ministry of Physical Infrastructure and Transport
Mr. Dinker Sharma

Links

Project Website http://www.adb.org/projects/37266-032/main
List of Project Documents http://www.adb.org/projects/37266-032/documents