Viet Nam: GMS Kunming-Haiphong Transport Corridor - Noi Bai-Lao Cai Highway Project

Sovereign Project | 33307-023

Summary

The Project is designed to provide (i) a 244-kilometer grade-separated and access-controlled highway, including 10 interchanges with toll booths and five service areas, starting at Noi Bai in a suburb of Hanoi and ending at Lao Cai, on the border with the People's Republic of China (PRC) in northwest Viet Nam; (ii) electric, communications, and tolling systems and associated facilities, and the Vietnam Expressway Corporation's (VEC's) highway operation and maintenance (O&M) equipment and vehicles; and (iii) capacity building for VEC on management of project implementation, corporate financing management, O&M of highways, and safeguard planning and implementation.

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Project Name GMS Kunming-Haiphong Transport Corridor - Noi Bai-Lao Cai Highway Project
Project Number 33307-023
Country Viet Nam
Project Status Approved
Project Type / Modality of Assistance Loan
Source of Funding / Amount
Loan 2222-VIE: GMS Kunming-Haiphong Transport Corridor Project - Noi Bai-Lao Cai Expressway Technical Assistance Project
Asian Development Fund US$ 6.00 million
Loan 2391-VIE: Greater Mekong Subregion: Kunming-Hai Phong Transport Corridor-Noi Bai-Lao Cai Highway Project (Viet Nam)
Ordinary capital resources US$ 896.00 million
Loan 2392-VIE: Greater Mekong Subregion: Kunming-Hai Phong Transport Corridor-Noi Bai-Lao Cai Highway Project (Viet Nam)
Asian Development Fund US$ 200.00 million
Strategic Agendas Inclusive economic growth
Drivers of Change
Sector / Subsector

Transport - Road transport (non-urban)

Gender Equity and Mainstreaming Some gender elements
Description The Project is designed to provide (i) a 244-kilometer grade-separated and access-controlled highway, including 10 interchanges with toll booths and five service areas, starting at Noi Bai in a suburb of Hanoi and ending at Lao Cai, on the border with the People's Republic of China (PRC) in northwest Viet Nam; (ii) electric, communications, and tolling systems and associated facilities, and the Vietnam Expressway Corporation's (VEC's) highway operation and maintenance (O&M) equipment and vehicles; and (iii) capacity building for VEC on management of project implementation, corporate financing management, O&M of highways, and safeguard planning and implementation.
Project Rationale and Linkage to Country/Regional Strategy

The Noi Bai Lao Cai Highway is an integral section of the eastern link of the Greater Mekong Subregion (GMS) Northern Economic Corridor, connecting Kunming in Yunnan province of the PRC with Hanoi, and Hai Phong and Cai Lan ports in Viet Nam. Most of the existing national road between Hanoi and Lao Cai is narrow, with a large number of bridges with limited capacity, and there is substantial ribbon development on most of its length. By upgrading the Noi Bai Lao Cai section, the Kunming Hai Phong Transport Corridor will be completed.

Poverty in the project area is largely a result of inadequate access, caused by poor local road infrastructure. People living below the poverty line are suffering from poor accessibility to economic opportunities, education, and health services. The highway will decrease the cost of travel, which will encourage economic activities in the project area, provide employment opportunities for the local population, and improve access to social services.

Impact Sustainable economic growth and strengthened connectivity with People's Republic of China (PRC) in the project area and along the Kunming Hai Phong Transport Corridor
Project Outcome
Description of Outcome International and local traffic use an efficient, safe, and reliable express route from Noi Bai to Lao Cai on the border with PRC
Progress Toward Outcome --
Implementation Progress
Description of Project Outputs The 244 km of Noi Bai-Lao Cai Highway, with 10 grade-separated interchanges and five service areas, is constructed to a high standard and operational
Status of Implementation Progress (Outputs, Activities, and Issues)

About 96% of the civil works have been completed.

Not yet started.

VEC O&M staff have received training from JICA consultant for the Ho Chi Minh City-Long Thanh-Dau Giay Expressway Construction Project.

Geographical Location
Safeguard Categories
Environment A
Involuntary Resettlement A
Indigenous Peoples A
Summary of Environmental and Social Aspects
Environmental Aspects The alignment of the highway avoids environmentally sensitive areas. The project area is mainly agricultural and dominated by rice paddies. People have settled and cultivated the area for centuries. The EIA identified no habitats of vulnerable, threatened, or endangered flora or fauna within the Project's impact areas. However, the EIA identified several major environmental impacts during the construction period, and proposed mitigation measures and an EMP. Sand extraction in rivers for road embankment works will be done at licensed areas, with care taken to minimize environmental impacts. Surplus excavated material generated in the mountainous and hilly sections is used for embankment of the additional two lanes in the Yen Bai-Lao Cai section of the highway. The total volumes of excavation and embankment for the Project are balanced as much as possible to minimize the need for soil disposal. The contractors are required to prepare site-specific EMPs to manage environmental impacts at construction camps and construction sites based on the EMP of the EIA. Public consultations were carried out in the local language in project-affected areas. The project design has taken local concerns into consideration and provides several underpasses and overpasses to maintain the functions of existing local roads and irrigation systems during the highway's construction and operation. Noise barriers also are installed in environmentally sensitive areas based on noise simulation results. A capacity-building program will be provided to VEC during project implementation to strengthen its capacity in environmental management and monitoring.
Involuntary Resettlement The right-of-way of the highway is a minimum of 50 meters in accordance with the highway standards in Viet Nam. It is estimated that about 2,000 hectares of land needs to be acquired for the highway construction. Productive land, such as rice paddies, fish ponds, vegetable gardens, orchards, and woodland, accounts for 1,800 hectares (90%) of all affected land. Nonproductive land such as residential land, nonagricultural land, and other land (waterways, footpaths, and graveyards) account for 200 hectares (10%). A total of 5,458 households (approximately 24,560 persons based on an average household size of 4.5) are adversely affected by losses of assets and sources of livelihood. A total of 3,998 households lose more than 10% of their productive land, and the majority of these lose all of their productive land. The socioeconomic surveys also identified 1,083 households that were headed by women; 83 households that were headed by disabled persons; 1,210 households living below the officially set poverty threshold; and 1,586 households that were headed by persons within the retirement age bracket of the government.
Indigenous Peoples The main ethnic minority groups in the project area are Tay, Thai, Phu La, Nung, Giay, Moung, and Hamong, and together they represent 18% of the total population in the project area. Ethnic minority groups such as Tay, Thai, and Moung who inhabit lower mountain areas have long traditions of wet-rice cultivation. They also traditionally interact more with the majority Kinh. Although the ethnic minority groups retain their traditional culture, religion and social organization, they have adopted mainstream Vietnamese language and agricultural practices. Of the 5,458 project-affected households, 136 (approximately 2.4%) are from ethnic minority groups. The socioeconomic and inventory-of-losses surveys indicated that impacts on the ethnic minority groups and the main ethnic group are the same. However, to ensure that ethnic minority groups are not marginalized during the process of implementation of resettlement activities, an ethnic minority development plan is incorporated in the resettlement plan.
Stakeholder Communication, Participation, and Consultation
During Project Design During the feasibility study of the Project, focus group discussions, surveys, and consultations were held with the people in the project area, affected households, different ethnic minority groups, local government officials at the commune and district levels, traditional leaders, mass organizations, the Vietnam Expressway Corporation and various government agencies.
During Project Implementation The participation strategy included in the various activities of the Project includes: formation of local resettlement committees, participation of project-affected households in the detailed measurement survey, and designing a livelihood program targeted at women in the project districts. Separate consultation on resettlement issues is undertaken with affected minority groups, women-headed households, and poor households. Capacity-building training of resettlement committees and project-affected households on resettlement issues facilitate effective participation of the relevant stakeholders in planning and implementing the resettlement program. The road safety awareness campaign, HIV, illicit drugs, and human trafficking prevention program have community-based components to increase community participation.
Business Opportunities
Consulting Services The objectives of the consulting services are to (i) supervise the civil works for the highway construction; (ii) assist VEC in undertaking an environmental impact assessment (EIA); land acquisition, resettlement, income restoration, and social development activities; (iii) assist VEC with undertaking procurement of equipment for the highway O&M; and (iv) develop the skills of VEC staff on project implementation management, environmental management, land acquisition and resettlement, social development assistance, corporate financing management, and highway O&M. The international consulting firm was selected using quality- and cost-based selection (QCBS) and full technical proposal procedure in accordance with Guidelines on Use of Consultants (2007, as amended from time to time).
Procurement The civil works to construct all the highway structures, including road embankments and pavements, bridges, tunnels, underpasses, drainages, slope protection works, environmental mitigation works, interchanges and toll booths, service areas, guide signs, variable message signs, and O&M offices, are be divided into eight packages to be procured under international competitive bidding (ICB) procedures. The typical length of each package is about 30 km, with each one costing $60 million $120 million. Electric, communications, and tolling system for the highway and associated facilities, which cost an estimated $23 million, and vehicles for the highway O&M, which cost an estimated $2 million, are procured under ICB.
Responsible ADB Officer Yasushi Tanaka
Responsible ADB Department Southeast Asia Department
Responsible ADB Division Transport and Communications Division, SERD
Executing Agencies
Ministry of TransportMr. Pham Thanh Binhphamthanhbinh71@gmail.com80 Tran Hung Dao
Ha Noi, Viet Nam
Timetable
Concept Clearance 07 Mar 2004
Fact Finding 22 Aug 2005 to 02 Sep 2005
MRM 29 Sep 2005
Approval 19 Dec 2005
Last Review Mission -
PDS Creation Date 05 Apr 2006
Last PDS Update 31 Mar 2015

Loan 2222-VIE

Milestones
Approval Signing Date Effectivity Date Closing
Original Revised Actual
19 Dec 2005 19 Jan 2006 03 Oct 2006 30 Sep 2008 31 Dec 2009 12 May 2010
Financing Plan Loan Utilization
Total (Amount in US$ million) Date ADB Others Net Percentage
Project Cost 6.00 Cumulative Contract Awards
ADB 6.00 19 Dec 2005 6.21 0.00 100%
Counterpart 0.00 Cumulative Disbursements
Cofinancing 0.00 19 Dec 2005 6.21 0.00 100%

Loan 2391-VIE

Milestones
Approval Signing Date Effectivity Date Closing
Original Revised Actual
14 Dec 2007 26 Sep 2008 09 Mar 2009 31 Dec 2012 31 Dec 2015 -
Financing Plan Loan Utilization
Total (Amount in US$ million) Date ADB Others Net Percentage
Project Cost 896.00 Cumulative Contract Awards
ADB 896.00 14 Dec 2007 796.12 0.00 89%
Counterpart 0.00 Cumulative Disbursements
Cofinancing 0.00 14 Dec 2007 762.41 0.00 85%

Loan 2392-VIE

Milestones
Approval Signing Date Effectivity Date Closing
Original Revised Actual
14 Dec 2007 26 Sep 2008 09 Mar 2009 31 Dec 2012 31 Dec 2015 -
Financing Plan Loan Utilization
Total (Amount in US$ million) Date ADB Others Net Percentage
Project Cost 200.00 Cumulative Contract Awards
ADB 200.00 14 Dec 2007 186.57 0.00 97%
Counterpart 0.00 Cumulative Disbursements
Cofinancing 0.00 14 Dec 2007 183.57 0.00 95%
Title Document Type Document Date
GMS Kunming-Haiphong Transport Corridor Noi Bai-Lao Cai Highway (Additional Financing): Report and Recommendation of the President Reports and Recommendations of the President Oct 2014
GMS Kunming-Hai Phong Transport Corridor - Noi Bai - Lao Cai Highway Project Procurement Plans May 2014
GMS Kunming-Hai Phong Transport Corridor - Noi Bai-Lao Cai Highway Project Project Procurement-Related Reviews Oct 2012
Kunming-Haiphong Transport Corridor-Noi Bai-Lao Cai Highway Technical Assistance Project Project/Program Completion Reports Nov 2010
Loan Agreement for Greater Mekong Subregion: Kunming-Hai Phong Transport Corridor Loan Agreement (Ordinary Resources) Sep 2008
Loan Agreement (Special Operations) for Greater Mekong Subregion: Kunming-Hai Phong Transport Corridor Loan Agreement (Special Operations) Sep 2008
Loan Agreement for Greater Mekong Subregion: Kunming-Hai Phong Transport Corridor -- Noi Bai-Lao Cai Highway Project between Socialist Republic of Viet Nam and Asian Development Bank dated 26 September 2008 Loan Agreement (Ordinary Resources) Sep 2008
Project Agreement for Greater Mekong Subregion: Kunming-Hai Phong Transport Corridor Project/Program Agreement Sep 2008
Project Agreement for Greater Mekong Subregion: Kunming-Haiphong Transport Corridor -- Noi Bai-Lao Cai Highway Technical Assistance between ADB and Vietnam Expressway Corporation dated 19 January 2006 Project/Program Agreement Sep 2008
Loan Agreement for Greater Mekong Subregion: Kunming-Hai Phong Transport Corridor -- Noi Bai-Lao Cai Highway Project between Socialist Republic of Viet Nam and Asian Development Bank dated 26 September 2008 Loan Agreement (Special Operations) Sep 2008
Greater Mekong Subregion: Kunming-Hai Phong Transport Corridor - Noi Bai-Lao Cai Highway Project Project/Program Administration Manual Apr 2008
Project Agreement for Greater Mekong Subregion: Kunming-Hai Phong Transport Corridor -- Noi Bai-Lao Cai Highway Project between Asian Development Bank and Vietnam Expressway Corporation dated 26 September 2008 Project/Program Agreement Jan 2008
Greater Mekong Subregion: Kunming-Hai Phong Transport Corridor-Noi Bai-Lao Cai Highway Project Reports and Recommendations of the President Nov 2007
Greater Mekong Subregion Kunming-Haiphong Transport Corridor-Noi Bai-Lao Cai Highway Project Design and Monitoring Frameworks Aug 2007
Greater Mekong Subregion: Kunming-Haiphong Transport Corridor - Noi Bai-Lao Cai Highway Technical Assistance Project Project/Program Administration Manual Nov 2006
Technical Assistance Loan Agreement for GMS: Kunming-Haiphong Transport Corridor Loan Agreement (Special Operations) Jan 2006
Project Agreement for GMS: Kunming-Haiphong Transport Corridor Project/Program Agreement Jan 2006
Greater Mekong Subregion: Kunming-Haiphong Transport Corridor Noi Bai-Lao Cai Highway Technical Assistance Project Reports and Recommendations of the President Nov 2005
Technical Assistance Loan Agreement for GMS: Kunming-Haiphong Transport Corridor -- Noi Bai-Lao Cai Highway between Socialist Republic of Viet Nam and ADB Loan Agreement (Ordinary Resources) Jan 2005

Safeguard Documents

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Title Document Type Document Date
GMS Kunming-Haiphong Transport Corridor - Noi Bai-Lao Cai Highway Project: Social Monitoring Report (October-December 2014) Social Monitoring Reports Jan 2015
GMS Kunming-Hai Phong Transport Corridor Noi Bai-Lao Cai Highway Project: Environmental Monitoring Report (January-March 2014) Environmental Monitoring Reports Apr 2014
GMS Kunming-Hai Phong Transport Corridor Noi Bai-Lao Cai Highway Project: Environmental Monitoring Report (October-December 2013) Environmental Monitoring Reports Jan 2014
Greater Mekong Subregion Kunming-Hai Phong Transport Corridor - Noi Bai-Lao Cai Highway Project: Resettlement and Social Development Quarterly Monitoring Report (October-December 2013) Social Monitoring Reports Jan 2014
GMS Kunming-Haiphong Transport Corridor Project - Noi Bai-Lao Cai Expressway Technical Assistance Project: Quarterly Progress Report (October-December 2013) Social Monitoring Reports Jan 2014
GMS Kunming-Hai Phong Transport Corridor Noi Bai-Lao Cai Highway Project: Environmental Monitoring Report (July-September 2013) Environmental Monitoring Reports Sep 2013
GMS Kunming-Hai Phong Transport Corridor Noi Bai-Lao Cai Highway Project: Environmental Monitoring Report (April-June 2013) Environmental Monitoring Reports Jul 2013
GMS Kunming-Hai Phong Transport Corridor Noi Bai-Lao Cai Highway Project: Environmental Monitoring Report (January-March 2013) Environmental Monitoring Reports Jul 2013
GMS Kunming-Haiphong Transport Corridor Project - Noi Bai-Lao Cai Expressway Technical Assistance Project: Quarterly Progress Report (April-June 2013) Social Monitoring Reports Jul 2013
GMS Kunming-Hai Phong Transport Corridor Noi Bai-Lao Cai Highway Project: Environmental Monitoring Report (October-December 2012) Environmental Monitoring Reports Jan 2013
GMS Kunming–Hai Phong Transport Corridor Noi Bai-Lao Cai Highway Project: Environmental Monitoring Report (July-September 2012) Environmental Monitoring Reports Oct 2012
GMS Kunming–Hai Phong Transport Corridor Noi Bai-Lao Cai Highway Project: Environmental Monitoring Report (April-June 2012) Environmental Monitoring Reports Jun 2012
GMS Kunming-Hai Phong Transport Corridor Noi Bai-Lao Cai Highway Project (January-March 2012) Environmental Monitoring Reports Mar 2012
GMS: Kunming-Hai Phong Transport Corridor - Noi Bai-Lao Cai Highway Project: Phu Tho Province Social Monitoring Reports Dec 2011
GMS: Kunming-Hai Phong Transport Corridor - Noi Bai-Lao Cai Highway Project: Soc Son District, Hanoi City Social Monitoring Reports Dec 2011
GMS: Kunming-Hai Phong Transport Corridor - Noi Bai-Lao Cai Highway Project: Vinh Phuc Province Social Monitoring Reports Nov 2011
GMS: Kunming-Hai Phong Transport Corridor - Noi Bai-Lao Cai Highway Project: Yen Bai Province Social Monitoring Reports Nov 2011
GMS: Kunming-Hai Phong Transport Corridor - Noi Bai-Lao Cai Highway Project: Lao Cai Province Social Monitoring Reports Nov 2011
Greater Mekong Subregion Kunming-Hai Phong Transport Corridor Noi Bai-Lao Cai Highway Project (October 2011) Environmental Monitoring Reports Oct 2011
GMS: Kunming-Hai Phong Transport Corridor - Noi Bai-Lao Cai Highway Project: Phu Tho Province Social Monitoring Reports Oct 2011
Greater Mekong Subregion Kunming-Hai Phong Transport Corridor Noi Bai-Lao Cai Highway Project (July 2011) Environmental Monitoring Reports Jul 2011
GMS: Kunming-Hai Phong Transport Corridor - Noi Bai-Lao Cai Highway Project: Lao Cai Province Social Monitoring Reports Jun 2011
GMS: Kunming-Hai Phong Transport Corridor - Noi Bai-Lao Cai Highway Project: Vinh Phuc Province Social Monitoring Reports Jun 2011
GMS: Kunming-Hai Phong Transport Corridor - Noi Bai-Lao Cai Highway Project: Yen Bai Province Social Monitoring Reports Jun 2011
Greater Mekong Subregion Kunming-Hai Phong Transport Corridor Noi Bai-Lao Cai Highway Project (April 2011) Environmental Monitoring Reports Apr 2011
Greater Mekong Subregion Kunming-Hai Phong Transport Corridor Noi Bai-Lao Cai Highway Project (October - December 2010) Environmental Monitoring Reports Jan 2011
GMS: Kunming-Hai Phong Transport Corridor - Noi Bai-Lao Cai Highway Project: Lao Cai City Combined Resettlement Plan and Indigenous Peoples Plans Jul 2010
GMS: Kunming-Hai Phong Transport Corridor - Noi Bai-Lao Cai Highway Project: Lap Thach District Combined Resettlement Plan and Indigenous Peoples Plans Jul 2010
GMS: Kunming-Hai Phong Transport Corridor - Noi Bai-Lao Cai Highway Project: Van Yen District Combined Resettlement Plan and Indigenous Peoples Plans Jul 2010
GMS: Kunming-Hai Phong Transport Corridor - Noi Bai-Lao Cai Highway Project Combined Resettlement Plan and Indigenous Peoples Plans Jul 2010
Kunming-Hai Phong Transport Corridor - Noi Bai-Lao Cai Highway Project: Tran Yen District Combined Resettlement Plan and Indigenous Peoples Plans May 2010
Kunming-Hai Phong Transport Corridor - Noi Bai-Lao Cai Highway Project: Phu Tho Town Combined Resettlement Plan and Indigenous Peoples Plans Mar 2010
Kunming-Hai Phong Transport Corridor - Noi Bai-Lao Cai Highway Project: Cam Khe District Combined Resettlement Plan and Indigenous Peoples Plans Mar 2010
Kunming-Hai Phong Transport Corridor - Noi Bai-Lao Cai Highway Project: Viet Tri City Combined Resettlement Plan and Indigenous Peoples Plans Mar 2010
Kunming-Hai Phong Transport Corridor - Noi Bai-Lao Cai Highway Project: Lam Thao District Combined Resettlement Plan and Indigenous Peoples Plans Mar 2010
GMS: Kunming-Hai Phong Transport Corridor - Noi Bai-Lao Cai Highway Project: Ha Hoa District, Phu Tho Province Combined Resettlement Plan and Indigenous Peoples Plans Mar 2010
Kunming-Hai Phong Transport Corridor - Noi Bai-Lao Cai Highway Project: Phu Ninh District Combined Resettlement Plan and Indigenous Peoples Plans Mar 2010
GMS: Kunming-Hai Phong Transport Corridor - Noi Bai-Lao Cai Highway Project: Ha Hoa District, Phu Tho Province Combined Resettlement Plan and Indigenous Peoples Plans Mar 2010
Kunming-Hai Phong Transport Corridor - Noi Bai-Lao Cai Highway Project: Thanh Ba District Combined Resettlement Plan and Indigenous Peoples Plans Mar 2010
Kunming-Hai Phong Transport Corridor - Noi Bai-Lao Cai Highway Project: Bao Yen District Combined Resettlement Plan and Indigenous Peoples Plans Aug 2009
GMS: Kunming-Hai Phong Transport Corridor - Noi Bai-Lao Cai Highway Project: Van Ban District Combined Resettlement Plan and Indigenous Peoples Plans Aug 2009
GMS: Kunming-Hai Phong Transport Corridor - Noi Bai-Lao Cai Highway Project: Phuc Yen Town Combined Resettlement Plan and Indigenous Peoples Plans Aug 2009
GMS: Kunming-Hai Phong Transport Corridor - Noi Bai-Lao Cai Highway Project: Binh Xuyen District Combined Resettlement Plan and Indigenous Peoples Plans Aug 2009
Kunming-Hai Phong Transport Corridor - Noi Bai-Lao Cai Highway Project: Tam Duong District Combined Resettlement Plan and Indigenous Peoples Plans Mar 2009
GMS Kunming-Haiphong Transport Corridor-Noi Bai-Lao Cai Highway Project (Draft) Combined Resettlement Plan and Indigenous Peoples Plans Aug 2007
The Greater Mekong Subregion: Kunming-Haiphong Transport Corridor-Noi Bai-Lao Cai Highway Project Environmental Impact Assessments Jul 2007

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