30311-013: Third Road Rehabilitation

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Description

The objective of the Project is to promote pro-poor economic growth and reduce poverty by reducing the cost of road transport and improving access to markets in the Bishkek-Osh corridor. The Project and the associated technical assistance will support reforms in the road sector to improve maintenance of secondary roads and to increase the competitiveness of the markets for transport services. The scope of the Project includes: (i) rehabilitation of about 120 km of two-lane national highway from Bishkek to Osh, in particular, km 426-498 in Jalal-Abad Oblast, and the Uzgen-Osh road in Osh Oblast, including provision of safety features; (ii) improvement of about 125 km of secondary roads in Jalal-Abad Oblast (Tash Kumyr-Kara Djigadz and Bazar Korgon-Arslanbob-Kyzyl Ungkur) feeding into the Bishkek-Osh road; (iii) consulting services for construction supervision, monitoring and evaluation, and implementation of reform of road maintenance practices; and (iv) procurement of light, hand operated equipment and truck-mounted cranes for routine maintenance of the Bishkek-Osh road and the selected secondary roads.

Project Rationale and Linkage to Country/Regional Strategy

The Bishkek-Osh road provides the only internal surface connection between the Kyrgyz Republic's two main centers of population, trade, and industrial activity: Bishkek, the capital, in the north of the country, and Osh, in the southwest. The road passes through four of the country's seven regions and serves over two million people, almost half the country's population. The Bishkek-Osh road is vital for integrating the Kyrgyz economy, providing markets for agricultural produce from Osh and Jalal-Abad oblasts, and strengthening social and cultural links among the Kyrgyz Republic's population groups. The road is also important from a regional perspective, comprising part of the transnational route linking Tajikistan and the agriculturally productive Fergana Valley in Uzbekistan to Almaty and Russia. In addition, the northernmost section forms part of the Almaty-Bishkek-Tashkent route, which is also an important regional transport corridor. Inadequate maintenance has led to serious deterioration of the Bishkek-Osh road. The improvement of secondary roads in the project area will improve access to markets, employment opportunities, and advanced education and emergency health facilities for a large number of people.

Safeguard Categories

Environment: B
Involuntary Resettlement:
Indigenous Peoples:



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Timetable

Fact-finding
27 Feb 2001 to 16 Mar 2001

Management Review Meeting
18 May 2001

Board Approval
31 Oct 2001

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