Project Name Central Asia Regional Economic Cooperation Corridor 6 (Ayni-Uzbekistan Border Road) Improvement Project
Project Number 45432-002
Country Tajikistan
Project Status Approved
Project Type / Modality of Assistance Grant
Loan
Source of Funding / Amount
Grant 0301-TAJ: CAREC Corridor 6 (Ayni-Uzbekistan Border Road) Improvement Project
Asian Development Fund US$ 100.00 million
Loan 8259-TAJ: CAREC Corridor 6 (Ayni-Uzbekistan Border Road) Improvement Project (Formerly Roads Improvement Project)
OPEC Fund for International Development US$ 14.00 million
Strategic Agendas Inclusive economic growth
Regional integration
Drivers of Change Governance and capacity development
Partnerships
Sector / Subsector

Transport - Road transport (non-urban)

Gender Equity and Mainstreaming Effective gender mainstreaming
Description

The project will finance the rehabilitation and reconstruction of a road of approximately 113 km between Ayni-Panjakent and the border with Uzbekistan, the improvement of road safety, the upgrading of Sarazm border post infrastructure and community development including improvement of feeder roads and public facilities and provision of training for local communities.

The impact of the project will be enhanced regional cooperation and inclusive economic growth in Tajikistan, particularly in the Sughd province. The outcome will be improved connectivity and mobility along the CAREC Corridor 6 (Ayni-Uzbekistan Border Road). The outputs will comprise (i) approximately 113 km of rehabilitated and reconstructed road between Ayni-Panjakent and the border with Uzbekistan; (ii) improved road safety; and (iii) upgraded Sarazm border post infrastructure and improved local communities.

Project Rationale and Linkage to Country/Regional Strategy

The project road part of the historic Silk Road runs east west following the Zarafshan River through the valley, crossing the Ayni and Panjakent districts before ending at the border with Uzbekistan in the west. The connecting road in Uzbekistan (national road A377) links with Samarkand (about 40 km from the border) via the Central Asia Regional Economic Cooperation (CAREC) Corridor 6 in Uzbekistan. Through the north south transport artery the CAREC Corridor 6 in Tajikistan the project road goes (i) northeast to Khudjand (the provincial center), and onward to Uzbekistan; and (ii) south to Dushanbe, onward to Afghanistan and east west bound to the Kyrgyz Republic and Uzbekistan respectively through the CAREC Corridor 3 in Tajikistan.

The project road is a vital link in the national network, and is regionally strategic as it provides a trade corridor with Uzbekistan in the long term, particularly for northern Tajikistan. Improvements to this road will increase regional connectivity, reduce transport costs, and strengthen competitiveness. This will also improve access to markets and social services for impoverished local communities; stimulate development of agriculture, tourism and mining industries that in return create job opportunities and improve the region's living standards.

Impact Enhanced regional cooperation and inclusive economic growth in Tajikistan, particularly in the Sughd province
Project Outcome
Description of Outcome Improved connectivity and mobility along the CAREC Corridor 6 (Ayni-Uzbekistan Border Road)
Progress Toward Outcome Project implementation is generally on track. To be determined at completion.
Implementation Progress
Description of Project Outputs

113 km of rehabilitated and reconstructed road between Ayni-Panjakent and the border with Uzbekistan

Improved road safety

Upgraded Sarazm border post infrastructure and improved local communities

Status of Implementation Progress (Outputs, Activities, and Issues)

(1) Civil Works Progress: The design-and-build contract for the main road was awarded to on 10 October 2012; works commenced on 9 November 2012. To date, 99% of design work was completed; about 83 km road section (out of 113 km project road) paved with asphalt layer; 10 bridges (out of 30 bridges) have already been completed, works for 13 bridges are ongoing and works for another 7 bridges will start in March 2015.

(2) Improved road safety: Evaluation of bids for procurement of maintenance equipment and weighbridges is ongoing; the contract award is planned for the second quarter 2015. Works for development of a national road safety action plan and traffic safety-related training and public campaigns in the project area have been started.

(3) Feeder road improvement and maintenance: The selection committee (comprising staffs from MOT and local road maintenance units, representatives at both village and district level, and PMC consultant) preliminary identified about 30 km of feeder roads in each in Ayni and Panjakent district. ADB approved the revised draft bidding documents for civil works for improvement and maintenance of rural roads in Ayni and Panjakent Districts (national competitive bidding) in January 2015. The bidding process is ongoing.

(4) Border post infrastructure upgrading: The works at Sarazm custom border post will comprise the design and construction of an administrative building, customs control building (terminal), canteen, storehouses, checkpoints, bus scanner shelters, toilet buildings, dog cages, disinfection barrier, and asphalted light vehicles parking and other vehicle transit and movement areas, street lighting, landscaping etc. and other associated works including internal and external engineering services. Preparation of bidding documents by EA is ongoing.

Geographical Location Ayni/Sughd Province,Panjakent/Sughd Province
Safeguard Categories
Environment B
Involuntary Resettlement B
Indigenous Peoples C
Summary of Environmental and Social Aspects
Environmental Aspects The project does not pass through any environmentally sensitive areas and will not result in significant negative environmental impacts. An initial environmental examination has been prepared by Ministry of Transport (MOT) and disclosed on ADB website. The project will have temporary and reversible environmental impacts during implementation. Project-affected people were consulted.
Involuntary Resettlement Major impacts are the relocation of few residential houses and possible temporary income loss of several shops during road construction. MOT has prepared a resettlement plan to mitigate the impacts and assigned a dedicated staff with resources to carry out the land acquisition and resettlement activity of the project. The resettlement plan was disclosed to affected persons through public consultations and also disclosed on the ADB website.
Indigenous Peoples No indigenous peoples are living in the project area
Stakeholder Communication, Participation, and Consultation
During Project Design Consultations with community-based organizations, local governments and communities, and project affected people were held during project processing.
During Project Implementation Meetings with community-based organizations, local governments and communities, project affected people, and/or NGOs are being held as needed from time to time.
Business Opportunities
Consulting Services Consultants will be selected in accordance with ADB's Guidelines on the Use of Consultants by the Asian Development Bank and its Borrowers (April 2010, as amended). Advance contracting and retroactive financing to expedite project implementation will follow ADB's procurement and consulting services guidelines.
Procurement All procurement under ADB financing will be carried out in accordance with ADB's Procurement Guidelines (2010, as amended from time to time). Advance contracting and retroactive financing to expedite project implementation will follow ADB's procurement and consulting services guidelines.
Responsible ADB Officer Farrukh Nuriddinov
Responsible ADB Department Central and West Asia Department
Responsible ADB Division Tajikistan Resident Mission
Executing Agencies
Ministry of TransportMT-RT@MAIL.RU14, Aini Street
Dushanbe 734042
Tajikistan
Timetable
Concept Clearance 08 Feb 2012
Fact Finding 31 May 2012 to 14 Jun 2012
MRM 20 Jul 2012
Approval 11 Sep 2012
Last Review Mission -
Last PDS Update 20 Mar 2015

GrantĀ 0301-TAJ

Milestones
Approval Signing Date Effectivity Date Closing
Original Revised Actual
11 Sep 2012 02 Oct 2012 05 Nov 2012 30 Sep 2016 - -
Financing Plan Grant Utilization
Total (Amount in US$ million) Date ADB Others Net Percentage
Project Cost 122.00 Cumulative Contract Awards
ADB 100.00 11 Sep 2012 80.35 0.00 80%
Counterpart 22.00 Cumulative Disbursements
Cofinancing 0.00 11 Sep 2012 55.20 0.00 55%
Status of Covenants
Category Sector Safeguards Social Financial Economic Others
Rating - - - - - Satisfactory

LoanĀ 8259-TAJ

Milestones
Approval Signing Date Effectivity Date Closing
Original Revised Actual
12 Sep 2012 30 Oct 2012 03 Dec 2012 30 Sep 2016 - -
Financing Plan Loan Utilization
Total (Amount in US$ million) Date ADB Others Net Percentage
Project Cost 14.00 Cumulative Contract Awards
ADB 0.00 12 Sep 2012 0.00 13.89 99%
Counterpart 0.00 Cumulative Disbursements
Cofinancing 14.00 12 Sep 2012 0.00 8.86 63%
Status of Covenants
Category Sector Safeguards Social Financial Economic Others
Rating - - - - - Satisfactory

This project data sheet was generated from http://www.adb.org/projects/45432-002/main on 05 September 2015