Project Data Sheet

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PDS Creation Date
PDS Updated as of 25 Jul 2014

Project Name Transport Network Development Investment Program - Tranche 3
Country Afghanistan
Project/Program Number 44482-024
Status Approved
Geographical Location Bamyan-Samangan
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)
Regional integration (RCI)
Drivers of Change Gender equity and mainstreaming (GEM)
Governance and capacity development (GCD)
Gender Equity and Mainstreaming Categories Category 2: Effective gender mainstreaming (EGM)


Type/Modality of Assistance Approval Number Source of Funding Approved Amount (thousand)
Grant0355Asian Development Fund220,000
Counterpart 10,000
TOTAL US$ 230,000

Safeguard Categories

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Environment B
Involuntary Resettlement A
Indigenous Peoples C

Summary of Environmental and Social Issues

Environmental Aspects
The road will not pass through any environmentally sensitive areas and rehabilitation activities will be confined with the existing ROW. The project is anticipated to have site specific environmental impacts. A further environmental assessment will re-confirm whether environment category B will be maintained.
Involuntary Resettlement
Expected significant land acquisition and resettlement as defined by SPS (2009)
Indigenous Peoples

Stakeholder Communication, Participation and Consultation

During Project Design
Consultation sessions were conducted with the local residents in the project affected areas. The primary issues discussed were affected land, the process of land acquisition planning, compensation, and employment opportunities for the local residents, both skilled and unskilled. The benefits of constructing the projects roads were explained. The community led total santitation subcomponent will be community driven and involve collaborative decision making and empowerment elements.
During Project Implementation
Consultation sessions will continue during project implementation.


Project Rationale and Linkage to Country/Regional Strategy

As planned in the approved facility and linked documents, Tranche 3 of the investment program builds upon the lessons learned and progress from Tranches 1 and 2, and the complementary efforts of other development partners in the sector to further improve domestic and regional connectivity while widening access to social and economic opportunities. The proposed road subproject involves the reconstruction and upgrading of approximately 178 kilometers (km) of the road section from Dar-i-Suf to Yakawlang, which has been previously identified as a priority in the Afghanistan National Development Strategy (ANDS) and subsequent national planning and implementation frameworks. The rationale for the proposed subproject include: (i) completing the North South Corridor, which is an alternative route to using the Salang Tunnel; (ii) supporting completion of CAREC Corridor 5; and (iii) completing the first stage in cross country north south road from Mazar-e-Sharif to Kandahar. After years of use and lack of periodic maintenance, the subproject road in poor condition beyond repair, thus requiring major rehabilitation. Indeed, in its current condition, the road is impassable by motorized vehicles for many months throughout the year. This state of this road is hindering economic development in the central provinces, impeding regional trade and the opening of alternative trade routes, and imposing efficiency losses as traffic volumes continue to rise. In addition to supporting the ANDS, justification of Tranche 3 stems from Afghanistan's strategic geographic center of gravity in the Central Asian region and potential to serve as the nexus between north-south and east-west regional trade corridors. Afghanistan is traversed by three major CAREC corridors, to which the proposed Tranche 3 subproject supports Corridor 5 providing landlocked Central Asian access to populous commercial centers in South Asia, and major ports in the Persian Gulf and Arabian Sea. An efficient and sustained Afghanistan road network will improve regional connectivity, support increased domestic and international trade, and generate jobs and economic growth. The proposed tranche is consistent with the envisaged outputs, outcomes, and impacts of the investment program and additionally Strategy CAREC 2020 aimed at the development of priority transport routes, increasing trade through transport connectivity, and facilitating cross-border movement of goods.

Development Impact

Better connectivity and efficiency through a fully complete North-South Corridor

Project Outcome

Description of Outcome
Rehabilitated and reconstructed sections of national and regional highways
Progress Towards Outcome
A request for Expression of Interest (EOI) was published and 25 EOIs were received on 10 June 2014. MPW is currently evaluating the EOIs for the submission of shortlist and draft RFP for ADB's approval. The bidding documents for civil works contract were reviewed and approved by ADB and sent to MPW PMO in June 2014. ADB advised MPW PMO to issue the bidding documents as soon as possible given the delays that has been experienced on the Tranche 2 civil works bids. The recruitment of two pre-feasibility studies consultants have not been started yet.

Outputs and Implementation Progress

Description of Project Outputs
178 km (Dar-i-Suf-Yakawlang section of the North-South Corridor) of reconstructed, rehabilitated, and appropriately maintained national and regional highways Community development infrastructure
Status of Implementation Progress (Outputs, Activities, and Issues)
Not yet due. Assessment will be made at the physical completion of the project. Contract award expected in Q4 2014. Contract award expected in Q4 2014. Contract award expected in Q4 2014.
Status of Development Objectives
Material Changes

Business Opportunities

Date of First Listing 2013 Jun 14
Consulting Services
All consulting services financed under Tranche 2 will be procured in accordance with the Guidelines on The Use of Consultants by Asian Development Bank and Its Borrowers (2010, as amended from time to time). One project management and supervision consultancy services package expected to be tendered in Q3 2013.
Procurement of all civil works, equipment and goods will be undertaken in accordance with ADB's Procurement Guidelines (2010, as amended from time to time). One civil works package is expected to be tendered in Q3 2013.
Procurement and Consulting Notices


Concept Clearance
Management Review Meeting 16 Jul 2013
Approval 11 Sep 2013
Last Review Mission


Approval No. Approval Signing Effectivity Closing
Original Revised Actual
Grant 0355 11 Sep 2013 09 Nov 2013 03 Jan 2014 31 Dec 2017


Date Approval Number ADB (US$ thousand) Others (US$ thousand) Net Percentage
Cumulative Contract Awards
16 Sep 2014 Grant 0355 0 0 0.00%
Cumulative Disbursements
16 Sep 2014 Grant 0355 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
Grant 0355

Contacts and Update Details

Responsible ADB Officer David Hill (
Responsible ADB Department Central and West Asia Department
Responsible ADB Divisions Transport and Communications Division, CWRD
Executing Agencies


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