Afghanistan: Qaisar-Bala Murghab Road Project

Sovereign Project | 37075-022

Summary

The objective of the Project is to assist the Government to promote economic and social development and reduce poverty by rehabilitating the primary road network damaged during three decades of conflict and neglect. The Project will support: (i) rehabilitation of the Qaisar-Bala Murghab section (90 km) of Herat-Andkhoy road; (ii) construction supervision and monitoring; and (iii) incremental project management such as engagement of external auditors to audit project accounts and the payment of additional salary of MPW staff assigned to the Progam Management Office (PMO) and the consultant team.

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Qaisar-Bala Murghab Road Project Apr 2014

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Project Name Qaisar-Bala Murghab Road Project
Project Number 37075-022
Country Afghanistan
Project Status Approved
Project Type / Modality of Assistance Grant
Source of Funding / Amount
Grant 0012-AFG: Qaisar-Bala Murghab Road Project
Asian Development Fund US$ 55.00 million
Strategic Agendas Inclusive economic growth
Drivers of Change
Sector / Subsector Transport - Road transport (non-urban)
Gender Equity and Mainstreaming No gender elements
Description The objective of the Project is to assist the Government to promote economic and social development and reduce poverty by rehabilitating the primary road network damaged during three decades of conflict and neglect. The Project will support: (i) rehabilitation of the Qaisar-Bala Murghab section (90 km) of Herat-Andkhoy road; (ii) construction supervision and monitoring; and (iii) incremental project management such as engagement of external auditors to audit project accounts and the payment of additional salary of MPW staff assigned to the Progam Management Office (PMO) and the consultant team.
Project Rationale and Linkage to Country/Regional Strategy Much of Afghanistan's road infrastructure has been destroyed or damaged in more than two decades of conflict. Damaged roads became bottlenecks to the movement of people and goods. Restricted movement has aggravated the division and disintegration of the country, as travel time and vehicle operating cost on roads significantly increased. The result is a virtual loss of efficient means of transport connecting Kabul to regional centers, and regional centers to remote villages. The Qaisar-Bala Murghab road forms part of the Herat-Andkhoy road, which is the last unpaved section of the national ring road. The project area is one of the least developed areas that the ring road traverses. Due to its remoteness and extreme weather in winter and summer, the project area continues to be in need of continued humanitarian aid and assistance in basic social services. Improvement to the road will facilitate provision of such services. The Project is part of coordinated international assistance to improve the road connecting Herat to Andkhoy, which will become a major north-south link across the central mountains, and significantly improve the stability and reliability of the transport system in Afghanistan. The improved road will also change transport in the subregion. Together with international links to the Central Asian Republics, Iran, and Pakistan that are currently being improved, the road will form a major road transport corridor from Central Asia to the warm water ports in the south. Indeed, the road forms part of the Central Asia Regional Economic Cooperation (CAREC) Corridors 3 and 6. The resulting outcome will reduce transport costs, and contribute to economic growth and poverty reduction in the subregion.
Impact Economic and social development and poverty reduction in the project area.
Project Outcome
Description of Outcome An efficient, safe, reliable road network developed in western Afghanistan.
Progress Toward Outcome MPW is assisted by international individual consultants hired under the Grant to assist in procurement and safeguard matters including advise on overall transport sector matters in Afghanistan.
Implementation Progress
Description of Project Outputs

1. Improvement of a primary road section from Qaisar to Murghab

2. Strengthened capacity in MPW for road sector management

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

An ADB mission was fielded from 27 Feb 2015 to 5 March 2015 to analyze physical progress and discussed plan of actions for the Qaisar Laman Ring Road project. The mission held discussions with the government on expediting the works and resolve implementation issues, discussed progress in community development component and security arrangements.

Civil works and consultant supervision contracts awarded. Contractor and consultant fielded.

Geographical Location Qaisar-Bala Murghab
Safeguard Categories
Environment B
Involuntary Resettlement B
Indigenous Peoples C
Summary of Environmental and Social Aspects
Environmental Aspects

The Project is category B according to ADB's Environmental Assessment Guidelines (2003). The initial environmental examination (IEE) was prepared as part of the feasibility study for the Herat-Andkhoy road project. The IEE report was approved by MPW on 11 August 2004.

The IEE found that most of the environmental impacts associated with the Project would occur only during the construction period. Therefore, the impacts are temporary and almost all the mitigating measures will be incorporated in the contract document. The contractor will be bound by the agreement to strictly implement the proposed mitigating measures through an Environmental Management Plan (EMP). The IEE states that no further environmental assessment study is required because the environmental impacts are temporary and insignificant. MPW will be responsible for monitoring the contractor's implementation of the EMP. Bi-annual reporst based on MPW's monitoring are being produced and submitted to ADB and other relevant Government agencies, as required.

Involuntary Resettlement Overall, the Project's land acquisition and resettlement impacts are not significant. Most of the improvement works will be carried out within the existing rights-of-way and so agricultural land acquisition will be minimal (0.08 ha). Acquisition of only small amounts of privately owned commercial (0.06 ha) and residential (0.02 ha) land will be required. In total, 130 households (650 affected people) will suffer resettlement impacts as a result of the Project. Four households will be affected by agricultural land acquisition and will lose 1% of their productive assets. None of the 2 residential and 121 commercial structures owned by the titleholders will be displaced and none will require any relocation. Three commercial squatter households whose structures will be totally affected will be relocated or pushed back to the adjacent available government land. The residential structures will lose a very small portion of their homestead land and earthen boundary walls. The commercial structures will lose a very small portion of their commercial land and permanent or temporary extensions or shades of their shops. Land take and impact on commercial areas in towns could be further minimized or completely avoided during detailed engineering design if the design stipulation of 0.5 m verge on each side of the road is compromised in the built-up areas of Gormach and Chilgasi. The affected households will receive cash for land and assets at replacement prices. Compensation will be provided for loss of income for temporary disruption caused during construction, shifting assistance and additional assistance to vulnerable groups. No indigenous people will be affected by the Project. The estimated cost for land acquisition and resettlement is approximately AF2,800,000 ($60,000). A short resettlement plan (Supplementary Appendix C) will be translated into Dari and disclosed to the affected persons. The plan will also be publicly available at MPW, ADB's Afghanistan Resident Mission, and on the ADB web site. The original LARP is being updated as the detailed engineering design work continues.
Indigenous Peoples No indigenous people will be affected by the Project.
Stakeholder Communication, Participation, and Consultation
During Project Design The project has identified and consulted with the key primary and secondary project stakeholders in the prominent towns and the project influence area. During the course of social analysis, consultations and meetings with the various project communities including farmers, small shop owners, traders, and local nongovernment organizations were organized to ascertain their response to construction of the road, their needs and demands from the project. Apart from the public meetings, focus group discussions were organized with the young, old, men and women of different occupations and population groups to ensure a comprehensive perspective on the project as well as its impacts. All those consulted unanimously welcomed the benefits that improved access and/or road conditions would provide. (In 2010, the project was repackaged with 0081-AFG Bala Murghab - Lamen (143 km), and supplied with additional financing from G0244-AFG).
During Project Implementation The local communities will be engaged through a dedicated community development component.
Business Opportunities
Consulting Services A consultant team has been hired to help MPW implement the Project. They will (i) oversee overall project management; (ii) assist with the procurement of civil works; (iii) supervise construction and installation of equipment, including reviewing detailed designs prepared by contractors; (iv) certify completed works by force account as well as by contractors; (v) provide on-the-job trainings for MPW staff assigned to the consultant team; implementing and supervising the training component of the project; and (vi) undertake benefit monitoring and evaluation. International consultants associated with domestic ones have been engaged through quality- and cost-based selection method in accordance with ADB's Guidelines on the Use of Consultants.
Procurement Procurement of goods, services, and civil works financed under the ADB loan are carried out in accordance with ADB's Guidelines for Procurement. Due to the emergency nature of project implementation, the Government requested flexible application of such guidelines, including shorter bidding period of 60 days for the procurement of civil works under international competitive bidding. Civil works contracts will be procured through international competitive bidding (ICB). A single-stage two-envelope procedure with no separate prequalification, which has been used in the three preceding ADB-financed road projects in Afghanistan and has proven to be effective in reducing time required for procurement, will be used. Equipment will be procured by ICB for contracts with an estimated value of more than $1,000,000, international shopping for contracts estimated at $100,000-1,000,000, and direct purchase arrangement for contracts valued at less than $100,000. All international procurements will be undertaken by the Government Procurement Unit operating under ARDS.
Responsible ADB Officer David Hill
Responsible ADB Department Central and West Asia Department
Responsible ADB Division Transport and Communications Division, CWRD
Executing Agencies
Ministry of Public WorksDr. Wali Mohammad RasooliFist Macrorayan, Kabul Afghanistan
Timetable
Concept Clearance -
Fact Finding 21 Mar 2005 to 02 Apr 2005
MRM 28 Apr 2005
Approval 12 Jul 2005
Last Review Mission -
PDS Creation Date 03 Dec 2009
Last PDS Update 16 Mar 2015

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Milestones
Approval Signing Date Effectivity Date Closing
Original Revised Actual
12 Jul 2005 12 Oct 2005 16 Mar 2006 31 Dec 2008 31 Dec 2016 -
Financing Plan Grant Utilization
Total (Amount in US$ million) Date ADB Others Net Percentage
Project Cost 55.30 Cumulative Contract Awards
ADB 55.00 12 Jul 2005 54.72 0.00 99%
Counterpart 0.30 Cumulative Disbursements
Cofinancing 0.00 12 Jul 2005 46.68 0.00 85%
Status of Covenants
Category Sector Safeguards Social Financial Economic Others
Rating - Satisfactory Satisfactory - - Satisfactory
Title Document Type Document Date
Qaisar-Bala Murghab Road Project Procurement Plans Apr 2014
Qaisar-Bala Murghab Road Project Reports and Recommendations of the President Jul 2005

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