India: National Highways Sector I

Sovereign Project | 34420-013 Status: Closed

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Project Name National Highways Sector I
Project Number 34420-013
Country India
Project Status Closed
Project Type / Modality of Assistance Loan
Source of Funding / Amount
Loan 2029-IND: National Highways Sector I
Ordinary capital resources US$ 400.00 million
Strategic Agendas Inclusive economic growth
Drivers of Change Private sector development
Sector / Subsector

Transport - Road transport (non-urban)

Gender Equity and Mainstreaming Some gender elements
Description The objective of the Project is to enhance the overall efficiency of India's national economy through the provision of efficiently connected national highway systems with minimum impacts on environment and social development. Using the sector loan modality, the project scope includes (i) rehabilitating and widening priority sections of East-West Corridor located in states of Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh and Uttar Pradesh; (ii) facilitating the private sector participation in highway development through necessary provision of advisory services for the design and implementation of the build-operate-transfer (BOT) component between Orai and Barah (62 km); (iii) supporting the Government's efforts to prevent further spread of HIV/AIDS and increasing public awareness of risks of women/children trafficking; (iv) enhancing road safety.
Project Rationale and Linkage to Country/Regional Strategy ADB has pursued a programmatic approach to realize medium-to long-term goals to assist the Government in its efforts to upgrade the National Highway Development Program (NHDP) to rehabilitate three key arterial corridors. The Project is part of country strategy and program for India.

Enhance overall economic efficiency (for the entire program)

Reduce economic regional discrepancies

Project Outcome
Description of Outcome

-Increase the capacity of National Highway Development Project (NHDP) networks

-Enhance project development and implementation capability of National Highways Authority of India (NHAI)

-Increase private sector participation (PSP) in NHDP

-Boost the financial source for highway development

-Strengthen operation and maintenance (O&M) of NHDP highways

-Make NHAI more efficient and financially stronger

Progress Toward Outcome Development of NHDP Phase 1 and 2 is nearing completion. Government of India has further augmented NHDP through addition of Phases 3 to 7 and taken a policy initiative for implementation of the program primary though PPP mechanism.
Implementation Progress
Description of Project Outputs

-Upgrade selected sections of the East-West (EW) Corridor under the public sector financing scheme

-Introduce PSP to develop and maintain the EW Corridor

-Help prevent the spread of HIV/AIDS and

-Increase awareness of the risk of trafficking in women and children

-Enhance road safety measures along a selected pilot section between Jhansi and Lucknow

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

(i) Highway Investment Component:

Out of 12 contracts awarded for 4 laning of 595 km National Highway on the north-south corridor, 11 contracts have been completed and remaining 1 contracts in Uttar Pradesh is expected to be substantially completed by December 2011

(ii) PSP component:

Construction work on Bara-Orai section (62 km) (on BOT basis) commenced in October 2006. The physical progress of civil works as of February 2011 is 94%, and the completion is anticipated by December 2011.

(iii) HIV/AIDS and anti-trafficking component:

NHAI engaged NGOs to conduct HIV/AIDS and human trafficking awareness program. Also, civil works contracts incorporated a provision requiring contractors to carry out HIV/AIDS awareness and prevention programs for their workers. The NGOs and the contractors have conducted these activities.

(iv) Road safety component:

NHAI had identified the Jhansi-Orai section in Uttar Pradesh as a pilot section for the implementation of 'road safety zone' concept. The consultants for developing and designing the road safety component have been engaged in April 11.

Geographical Location States of Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh, and Uttar Pradesh
Safeguard Categories
Environment B
Involuntary Resettlement
Indigenous Peoples
Summary of Environmental and Social Aspects
Environmental Aspects The implementation of environmental management plans have been monitored by supervision consultants and NHAI has been submitting environmental monitoring reports.
Involuntary Resettlement The resettlement activities have been undertaken in accordance with the resettlement plans and have nearly been completed.
Indigenous Peoples
Stakeholder Communication, Participation, and Consultation
During Project Design The stakeholders including local governments and communities have been consulted during design stage.
During Project Implementation The stakeholders including local governments and communities have been consulted during implementation stage.
Business Opportunities
Consulting Services Consultants for construction supervision have been recruited in accordance with ADB's Guidelines on the Use of Consultants and other arrangements satisfactory to ADB.
Procurement Procurement under the Project has been carried out in accordance with ADB's Guidelines for Procurement and the Government's tender procedures acceptable to ADB. 12 civil works contracts have been procured under international competitive bidding (ICB).
Responsible ADB Officer Anil Kumar Motwani
Responsible ADB Department South Asia Department
Responsible ADB Division India Resident Mission
Executing Agencies
National Highways Authority of India
Plot G-5 & G-6, Sector 10
Dwarka, New Delhi-110045
National Highways Authority of India
J.K. Bansal
PIU, Jhansi
Concept Clearance 08 Mar 2003
Fact Finding 26 May 2003 to 10 Jun 2003
MRM 29 Jul 2003
Approval 04 Dec 2003
Last Review Mission -
PDS Creation Date 27 Nov 2006
Last PDS Update 25 May 2011

Loan 2029-IND

Approval Signing Date Effectivity Date Closing
Original Revised Actual
04 Dec 2003 27 Oct 2004 24 Jan 2005 31 Dec 2007 31 Dec 2011 09 May 2012
Financing Plan Loan Utilization
Total (Amount in US$ million) Date ADB Others Net Percentage
Project Cost 760.20 Cumulative Contract Awards
ADB 400.00 04 Dec 2003 399.60 0.00 100%
Counterpart 360.20 Cumulative Disbursements
Cofinancing 0.00 04 Dec 2003 399.60 0.00 100%
Status of Covenants
Category Sector Safeguards Social Financial Economic Others
Rating Satisfactory - - - - Satisfactory
Title Document Type Document Date
National Highway Corridor (Sector) I Project: Project Completion Report Project/Program Completion Reports Sep 2015
National Highway Corridor (Sector) I Project Project/Program Administration Manual Sep 2005
National Highways (Sector) Project I: Summary Poverty and Social Analysis Report Initial Poverty and Social Analysis Apr 2004

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