Project Data Sheet

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PDS Creation Date 03 Jul 2010
PDS Updated as of 16 Apr 2014

Project Name Greater Mekong Subregion: Rehabilitation of the Railway in Cambodia Project
Country Cambodia
Project/Program Number 37269-023
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
/ Rail Transport
Thematic Classification Economic growth
Regional cooperation and integration
Gender Mainstreaming Categories Some gender benefits

Financing

Type/Modality of Assistance Approval Number Source of Funding Approved Amount (thousand)
Loan2602Asian Development Fund42,000
Grant0187Australian Grant960
Grant0187Australian Grant21,500
Counterpart 5,100
TOTAL US$ 69,560

Safeguard Categories

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Environment B
Involuntary Resettlement A
Indigenous Peoples C

Summary of Environmental and Social Issues

Environmental Aspects
The railway alignment is outside environmentally sensitive areas such as national parks and other protected areas and their buffer zones and the proposed Project falls into environmental category B. The additional works to be implemented under the modified project do not introduce new or significantly different environmental impacts, since they are largely contained within or close to the areas already assessed under the original project s IEE. The implementation of the Project is not expected to cause significant environmental impacts. The site for Samrong Station consists of paddy fields and grassland with sparsely populated areas in nearby sites. Other components will consist of rehabilitation of existing siding and construction of relatively short spans of siding/spur lines from the existing main line. Appropriate mitigation measures during pre-construction, construction, and operation phases have been identified, implementation of which will minimize the negative impacts of the Project to acceptable levels.
Involuntary Resettlement
The original project was formulated to minimize potential risks related to involuntary resettlement. The scope of the modified project, which included the construction of a new freight facility at Samrong, is now being amended to remove the Samrong freight facilities, and instead include priority works for the Southern Line to improve operating speed and safety. These works are not expected to have resettlement impacts. The draft resettlement plan are updated, agreed, and implemented prior to civil works. An expanded income restoration program is being implemented which provides credit for business expansion through a community development fund and gives grants for emergencies through a social safety nets fund. The funds are provided to self-help groups in relocation sites.
Indigenous Peoples
The socioeconomic survey indicated that the original project is not expected to affect ethnic minority groups any differently than the majority Khmers. ADB s Policy on Indigenous Peoples (1998) is not triggered.

Stakeholder Communication, Participation and Consultation

During Project Design
With respect to involuntary resettlement, the government has held public consultation meetings; distributed public information booklets in the Khmer language to all affected households; and placed copies of the resettlement plan, translated into Khmer language, in the affected commune offices.
During Project Implementation
During the updating and implementation of the resettlement plan, consultations and information dissemination will continue with affected persons consistent with the project s participatory approach. The affected households will be made fully aware of their rights through verbal and written means during resettlement planning, updating, and implementation. In addition, the HIV/AIDS prevention program includes community participation during design and implementation.

Description

Project Rationale and Linkage to Country/Regional Strategy

Development Impact

Increase in domestic and regional trade movement on the railway

Project Outcome

Description of Outcome
The railway is sustainable and efficiently operated.
Progress Towards Outcome
The Southern Line between Phnom Penh and Sihanoukville opened to traffic in December 2012. About 32 trains circulate each week on the line, carrying fuel, cement, and bagged rice in containers. All these will increase as the rail business is expanding. In the first full year of operation in 2013, the railway carried 393,000 tons of freight on the Southern Line, three times higher than the average level before the project. The Port Authority of Sihanoukville recorded an 85% increase in rice exports in 2013, much of it traveling to the port via the newly revived Southern Line. In addition, sending goods by rail has removed almost 700 trucks journeys round trip every week from the National Highways.

Outputs and Implementation Progress

Description of Project Outputs
Railway link to Thailand reconstructed Rail links to Sihanoukville port and the port in Phnom Penh rehabilitated and extended Freight facilities in Samrong and Phnom Penh constructed Railway department staffed and operational Affected households living within the railway ROW and stations satisfactorily compensated and assisted
Status of Implementation Progress (Outputs, Activities, and Issues)
The Southern Line is operational. The 110-km section between Samrong and Touk Meas opened to traffic in October 2010. The 146-km section between Touk Meas and Sihanoukville opened to traffic in December 2012. Northern Line: - Of the total length of 335 km between Phnom Penh to Sisophon, about 23 km is completed; and - Of the 48 km of missing link between Sisophon to Poipet (Thai border), about 42 km is completed. The Sihanoukville Container terminal is under construction. The Railway Department Building is completed. The Government has made a formal request in September 2013 to remove the Samrong freight facilities from the scope of the project and prioritize works on the Southern Line. ADB is currently processing an amendment to the project scope.
Status of Development Objectives
Material Changes

Business Opportunities

Date of First Listing 2009 Sep 18
Consulting Services
The consultants are selected by the Government in accordance with ADB's Guidelines on the Use of Consulting Services, using the quality and cost based selection procedure.
Procurement
The works are procured under the international competitive bidding procedures of ADB's Guidelines on Procurement.
Procurement and Consulting Notices
http://www.adb.org/projects/37269-023/business-opportunities

Timetable

Concept Clearance 13 May 2009
Fact-finding 29 Jul 2009 to 07 Aug 2009
Management Review Meeting 10 Sep 2009
Approval 15 Dec 2009
Last Review Mission

Milestones

Approval No. Approval Signing Effectivity Closing
Original Revised Actual
Loan 2602 15 Dec 2009 02 Mar 2010 21 Apr 2010 30 Sep 2013 31 Dec 2014

Utilization

Date Approval Number ADB (US$ thousand) Others (US$ thousand) Net Percentage
Cumulative Contract Awards
18 Apr 2014 Loan 2602 19,355 0 47.00%
Cumulative Disbursements
18 Apr 2014 Loan 2602 15,140 0 37.00%

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 2602 Satisfactory Satisfactory Satisfactory Satisfactory Satisfactory
Grant 0187 Satisfactory Satisfactory Satisfactory Satisfactory Satisfactory

Contacts and Update Details

Responsible ADB Officer Munawar Alam (munawaralam@adb.org)
Responsible ADB Department Southeast Asia Department
Responsible ADB Divisions Transport and Communications Division, SERD
Executing Agencies Ministry of Public Works and Transport
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Links

Project Website http://www.adb.org/projects/37269-023/main
List of Project Documents http://www.adb.org/projects/37269-023/documents