Project Data Sheet

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PDS Creation Date
PDS Updated as of 30 Sep 2014

Project Name South Asia Tourism infrastructure Development Project - Additional Financing
Country Nepal
Project/Program Number 39399-034
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 Transport
Subsector Air transport
Strategic Agendas Environmentally sustainable growth (ESG)
Inclusive economic growth (IEG)
Regional integration (RCI)
Drivers of Change Gender equity and mainstreaming (GEM)
Governance and capacity development (GCD)
Partnerships (PAR)
Gender Equity and Mainstreaming Categories Category 3: Some gender elements (SGE)


Type/Modality of Assistance Approval Number Source of Funding Approved Amount (thousand)
Loan3117Asian Development Fund30,000
Grant0383Asian Clean Energy Fund3,000
Counterpart 17,710
TOTAL US$ 50,710

Safeguard Categories

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Environment B
Involuntary Resettlement B
Indigenous Peoples C

Summary of Environmental and Social Issues

Environmental Aspects
Due diligence was undertaken. The origrnal project is environment B category and there will be no additional environmental impact due to the additional financing.
Involuntary Resettlement
The Project has been reclassified as B category for involuntary resettlement as 95% of land acquisition and compensation payment to affected people have been completed for a 3,000m GBA runway as per the resettlement plan (RP) of the original project, and the executing agency (EA) is committed to complete the remaining work before awarding the GBA contract.
Indigenous Peoples
The Project is category C for indigenous people as the impact of the original project will not change with the additional financing.

Stakeholder Communication, Participation and Consultation

During Project Design
Local stakeholder consultations held in Lumbini. Consultations with other stakeholders are ongoing.
During Project Implementation
Relevant stakeholder consultation meetings will be conducted.


Project Rationale and Linkage to Country/Regional Strategy

Implementation progress of GBA has been affected due to (i) longer time taken to engage design and supervision consultants (DSC) and undertake detailed design; (ii) rapid price escalation; and (iii) the need to reassess the GBA design in light of the rapid economic growth of the neighboring countries and faster growth in tourist inflow in Nepal. International tourist arrivals increased by 60% from 500,000 in 2009 to 800,000 in 2012. The Government s Tourism Vision 2020 envisages further increase to 2 million in 2020. In this context, Lumbini is seen as a potential world-class tourist destination for 500 million Buddhist population in Asia. It hosts the birthplace of Buddha, and over 100 related archeological sites scattered around 50 km of the area. UNESCO has designated Lumbini as a World Heritage site (Culture). About 0.9 million tourists visited Lumbini in 2012. While 83% of the visitors are form Nepal and India who mostly travelled over land at present, upgrading of GBA to an international airport will boost direct arrivals of international tourists. GBA is also located in the country s industrial belt in the southern Terai plains, and the Government is establishing its largest special economic zone near GBA that can host up to 200 industries. Accordingly, the Project has attracted substantial private sector interests to invest in tourism and other industries in the area.

Development Impact

Current Project: Enhanced contribution of tourism to sustainable and inclusive growth in the country Overall Project: Unchanged

Project Outcome

Description of Outcome
Current Project: Nature - and culture-based tourism destinations of country importance (i) improved connectivity, (ii) better quality environment and visitor services; (iii) enhanced natural and cultural heritage; and (iv) stronger linkages with communities Overall Project: Nature-and culture-based tourism destinations improved
Progress Towards Outcome

Outputs and Implementation Progress

Description of Project Outputs
Current Project: 1. Enhanced connectivity Overall Project: 1. Enhanced connectivity to and from Lumbini Current Project: 2. Improved Destination Overall Project: 2. Improved community services and tourism facilities Current Project: 3. Enhanced Capacity, increased community participation, and improved project management Overall Project: 3. Improved capacity in tourism development and project management
Status of Implementation Progress (Outputs, Activities, and Issues)
Status of Development Objectives
Material Changes

Business Opportunities

Date of First Listing 2013 Oct 03
Consulting Services
Design and supervision consultants have been selected for implementation of all components under the Project.
Procurement will be carried out in accordance with the ADB s Procurement Guidelines and consultant recruitment will be undertaken by following the ADB s Guidelines on the Use of Consultants. The original procurement plan will be updated by accommodating changes as a result of the additional financing.
Procurement and Consulting Notices


Concept Clearance 25 Sep 2013
Fact-finding 12 Jul 2013 to 09 Sep 2013
Management Review Meeting 22 Nov 2013
Approval 28 Mar 2014
Last Review Mission


Approval No. Approval Signing Effectivity Closing
Original Revised Actual
Loan 3117 28 Mar 2014 31 Dec 2017


Date Approval Number ADB (US$ thousand) Others (US$ thousand) Net Percentage
Cumulative Contract Awards
21 Oct 2014 Loan 3117 0 0 0.00%
Cumulative Disbursements
21 Oct 2014 Loan 3117 0 0 0.00%

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 3117
Grant 0383

Contacts and Update Details

Responsible ADB Officer Govinda P. Gewali (
Responsible ADB Department South Asia Department
Responsible ADB Divisions Nepal Resident Mission
Executing Agencies


Project Website
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