33176-013: Guangxi Roads Development

Project Data Sheet (PDS): Details


Description

The objective of the proposed Project is to promote pro-poor economic growth, and, thus, contribute to poverty reduction, by improving economic efficiency and reducing the cost of road transport in the southwestern region of Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region. The Project will relieve traffic congestion and bottlenecks on a link of the National Trunk Highway System, and provide better access to growth centers for poor communities. Specifically the proposed Project will: (i) provide additional transport capacity, alleviate congestion and reduce traffic accidents and vehicle operating costs; (ii) improve access for the poor rural population in the transport corridor; and (iii) facilitate regional cooperation by providing better access from GZAR and other PRC provinces to Vietnam and the road network of the Greater Mekong Subregion. The proposed Project will also support sector reforms initiated under previous and ongoing ADB financed projects and regional initiatives. The scope of the Project includes: (i) construction of 136 km of four-lane access-controlled toll expressway from Nanning (Wuxu), GZAR Capital City, to Ningming, 43 km of four-lane Class I road from Ningming to Youyiguan at the Vietnam border, and 49 km of Class II connector roads between the project road and major towns, including interchanges with toll stations, bridges, administrative stations, service areas, and improvement of about 100 km of access roads to affected villages along the project road alignment; (ii) upgrading of about 507 km of complementary county and village roads to improve the local road network and access to poor areas; (iii) procurement of equipment for road maintenance, toll collection, surveillance and communications, vehicle axle load testing, road safety, and office administration; (iv) land acquisition and resettlement; and (v) consulting services for construction supervision, monitoring and evaluation, and in-country and international training for capacity building.

Project Rationale and Linkage to Country/Regional Strategy

Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region (GZAR), located in the southwest, is a poor province. GZAR had around 15.2 million rural people officially designated as poor by the end of 2000, accounting for about 32 percent of the total GZAR population of 47.6 million. In terms of gross domestic product (GDP) per capita, GZAR is the fourth poorest of the 31 provinces of the PRC. In 2000, the average GDP per capita in GZAR was Y4,285, about two thirds of the national average. Lack of transport infrastructure is one of the factors contributing to its depressed economic conditions. ADB's country operational strategy for the PRC supports the Government's policies in the road sector, which focus on building roads that will promote economic and social development particularly in the poor areas of the country. The essential part of the Government's strategy is the development of National Trunk Highway System (NTHS) transport corridors and interconnecting routes that link major economic growth areas, thereby fostering domestic and international trade and interregional integration. Within this strategic framework, attention is also to be given to strengthening access to and from less developed communities and disadvantaged areas to the economic mainstream that is defined by the new highway routes.

Safeguard Categories

Environment: A
Involuntary Resettlement:
Indigenous Peoples:

Summary of Environmental and Social Aspects

Adverse environmental impacts were minimized by the selection of appropriate alignment. The EIA further assesses the environmental impacts of the selected alignment and prescribes environmental protection and mitigation measures. The key issues included reducing the adverse impacts associated with the resettlement and maximixing the povetty reduction impact of the Project.



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Timetable

Concept Clearance
26 Mar 1999

Fact-finding
07 Feb 2001 to 23 Feb 2001

Management Review Meeting
04 Apr 2001

Board Approval
30 Oct 2001

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