India: North Eastern States Roads Investment Program (Project 2)

Sovereign Project | 37143-033

Summary

The proposed project is for the improvement of about 236 km of state highways involving a funding requirement of about US$ 157.2 million in the states of Assam, Manipur, Mizoram, and Tripura. The total length has been grouped in 5 contract packages. All these roads have been selected as per the procedures and criteria outlined under selection and approval process for project roads. Project Management Consultant recruited under the Project 1 will assist the implementation of Project 2 and technical assistance provided by ADB will support the institutional development and capacity building of each state.

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Project Name North Eastern States Roads Investment Program (Project 2)
Project Number 37143-033
Country India
Project Status Approved
Project Type / Modality of Assistance Loan
Source of Funding / Amount
Loan 3073-IND: North Eastern States Roads Investment Program (Project 2)
Ordinary capital resources US$ 125.20 million
Strategic Agendas Inclusive economic growth
Regional integration
Drivers of Change
Sector / Subsector Transport - Road transport (non-urban)
Gender Equity and Mainstreaming No gender elements
Description The proposed project is for the improvement of about 236 km of state highways involving a funding requirement of about US$ 157.2 million in the states of Assam, Manipur, Mizoram, and Tripura. The total length has been grouped in 5 contract packages. All these roads have been selected as per the procedures and criteria outlined under selection and approval process for project roads. Project Management Consultant recruited under the Project 1 will assist the implementation of Project 2 and technical assistance provided by ADB will support the institutional development and capacity building of each state.
Project Rationale and Linkage to Country/Regional Strategy North Eastern Region (NER) forms a distinct geographical unit, representing about 8% of the country's geographic area. It has a population of about 45 million (about 4% of the country's population). Approximately 98% of NER's borders are with other countries - Bangladesh, Bhutan, the People's Republic of China, Myanmar, and Nepal. Its connection with the rest of the country is only through a narrow land corridor. Except in Assam, NER has predominantly hilly to mountainous terrain and very high rainfall (among the highest in the world), which frequently results in landslides and floods. Realizing the need for accelerated development, the Government of India (GOI) places special focus on the development of NER in its five-year plans, mainly through central funding of development activities in the region. Over the last two decades the government has required 10% of the budgets of central ministries and departments to be allocated for NER, and created a funding mechanism for pooling the unspent allocated central funds for further assistance to the region. However, the recent growth performance of these states has not been encouraging. With the recognition that inadequate roads and bridges supporting road transport, the region's single most dominant transport mode, is a major constraint on development efforts, the government started a national investment program to improve road connectivity to remote places in the region. The Special Accelerated Road Development Program in the North Eastern Region (SARDP-NE) is to improve higher class roads including national highways and state roads in the region, and provide connectivity to the state capitals and district headquarters in NER by developing two-lane national highways and improving state roads. The investment program was developed in parallel with SARDP-NE and complementary to it. While SARDP-NE focuses on improving higher class roads, the investment program is developed to improve intrastate connectivity, mainly to district headquarters and other places of administrative and economic importance in the individual states, and to enhance capacity of state Public Works Departments (PWDs) to manage their road assets.
Impact Improved mobility and accessibility in the project areas in NER
Project Outcome
Description of Outcome Improved efficiency of road transport in the projet areas in the states of Assam, Manipur, Mizoram and Tripura
Progress Toward Outcome To be assessed during project closure.
Implementation Progress
Description of Project Outputs Reconstructed and rehabilitated state roads
Status of Implementation Progress (Outputs, Activities, and Issues) All consultant and civil works contracts to be awarded under Project 2 have been awarded in 2014.
Geographical Location
Safeguard Categories
Environment B
Involuntary Resettlement A
Indigenous Peoples B
Summary of Environmental and Social Aspects
Environmental Aspects The project will not have any significant adverse environmental impacts. Therefore, it is categorized as B in accordance with ADB s Safeguard Policy Statement (2009) and in line with the environmental assessment review framework of the MFF. IEE reports for each state have been prepared and updated based on the latest detailed design and in accordance with the environmental assessment review framework. They are disclosed as required by ADB Safeguard Policy Statement (2009). Environmental impacts associated with upgrading and improvement of the project roads will occur mainly during construction. Negative impacts are mainly related to construction waste; air, noise, and water pollution; occupational health and safety; tree removal; and erosion. These impacts are manageable and can be mitigated by implementing the measures recommended in the EMP which have been included in the bidding documents for civil work contracts. No critical habitat and physical cultural resources will be adversely affected. During preparations of IEE reports, meaningful consultations have been carried out with the relevant public and stakeholders. Concerns raised during the consultations have been incorporated in the reports.
Involuntary Resettlement

The project is categorized as A for resettlement impacts. A resettlement framework was prepared for the investment program. Six combined resettlement and indigenous peoples plans were prepared covering all subprojects financed under Project 2.

The project was developed with a view to avoiding or minimizing land acquisition and involuntary resettlement by adopting the most feasible technical design. The proposed widening of roads will occur within the existing right-of-way. A full census based on the detailed designs for the subprojects was conducted. Resettlement plans were prepared for the subprojects In accordance with the government's Land Acquisition Act, 1894 (amended in 1984), National Rehabilitation and Resettlement Policy (2007), the resettlement policies of the states and ADB's Safeguard Policy Statement (2009).

The project will have significant land acquisition and resettlement impacts resulting in both physical and economic displacement. A total of 27.36 hectares of private land will be acquired and approximately 1,470 households comprising of 6,285 persons will be displaced. The total resettlement budget for the project roads is approximately $3.7 million. Compensation rates for the loss of land and structures, shifting assistance, income restoration assistance, and additional support for vulnerable groups and indigenous groups are provided in the entitlement matrix. The compensation entitlements have been endorsed by the executing agency and adequate budget will be allocated. Meaningful consultation and information disclosure were undertaken with (i) project-displaced persons, (ii) indigenous peoples households in the project influence area and their leaders, and (iii) the general public through the ADB website. If any changes or additional land requirements or involuntary resettlement impacts are identified, an updated resettlement plan will be prepared. ADB's approval will be obtained before further implementation of the relevant section of the project roads. The PIU Project Director will be responsible for overall implementation of the combined resettlement and indigenous peoples plans. The Resettlement Officer of the PIU will be the focal person to coordinate and oversee proper implementation. The internal monitoring will be conducted by the implementing agencies and qualified and experienced external experts will undertake the overall monitoring of the safeguards and relevant social issues and submit semiannual monitoring reports to the national level executing agency for submission to ADB.

Indigenous Peoples The project is category B in accordance with the ADB's Safeguard Policy Statement (2009) since the project will likely have limited impacts on indigenous peoples. An indigenous peoples planning framework was prepared for the investment program and six combined resettlement and indigenous peoples plans have been prepared for the subprojects funded under Project 2. In some project areas, the tribal population is dominant, whereas in others, they are scattered and not concentrated in any particular subproject area and interact freely with the outside community. The assessment of social impact did not show any difference in impact between indigenous and non-indigenous groups in the project locations. The project will not adversely impact on the identity, culture and customary livelihoods of the indigenous peoples. Meaningful consultations with the concerned indigenous groups and their leaders were conducted in an atmosphere free of coercion and in a culturally sensitive manner. This was to ensure a comprehensive perspective on the project and its impacts, and to ascertain community response to the project, their needs and demands from the project, an estimate of losses that they would suffer, and steps to mitigate those losses.
Stakeholder Communication, Participation, and Consultation
During Project Design As part of the project preparation, consultations were held at the level of primary and secondary stakeholders including directly affected people, executing agency, implementing agency, other local administration and departments etc. Issues related to the proposed project development and various activites involved in the planning and implementation was discussed. The main objective of these discussions was to ascertain community response to the project, their needs and demands from the projects, an estimate of losses that they would suffer, and steps to mitigate4 those losses that they would suffer, and steps to mitigate those losses. The directly affected populations were consulted to understand their concerns regarding the road construction and gather suggestions on the types of mitigation measures that should be considered to address the envisaged impacts.
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Consulting Services All consultants to be financed by the loans under the MFF will be selected in accordance with ADB's Guidelines on the Use of Consultants (2013, as amended from time to time).
Procurement

All procurement to be funded by the loans under the MFF will be in accordance with ADB's Procurement Guidelines (2013, as amended from time to time). The road improvement works will be packaged into a number of contracts according to the nature of works, technical requirements, geographical location, and size of contracts. Civil works contracts for road improvement will be procured using international competitive bidding (ICB).

Procurement of equipment to strengthen state PWDs road management capacity includes that for (i) traffic counting and road condition survey; (ii) laboratory and material testing equipment; (iii) pavement management, (iv) accident data management and analysis; and (iv) equipment for the IDCB operations, including the financial accounting system, management information system, and environmental monitoring. Equipment financed under the MFF will be procured using shopping for contracts estimated to be less than $0.1 million. Contract packaging for equipment will be based on the required technical features and timing of procurement. Detailed specifications will be finalized during projects implementation

Responsible ADB Officer Chen Chen
Responsible ADB Department South Asia Department
Responsible ADB Division Transport and Communications Division, SARD
Executing Agencies
Public Works Department State of ManipurKHTEMBA@GMAIL.COMPWD Complex, Khuyathong
Imphal Manipur- 795001
Ministry of Development of North Eastern RegionRoom no. 283-A
Vigyan Bhawan Annexe
Maulana Azad Road, New Delhi 110 011
Public Works Department State of MizoramJRAMMAWIA@GMAIL.COMOffice Of The Chief Engineer
Tuikhuahtlang, Aizawl
Mizoram-796001
Public Works Department State of TripuraCETRIPURA@YAHOO.CO.INChief Engineer's Office
Planning Circle Tripura-799001
Public Works Department State of AssamMUAHMED2006@YAHOO.CO.INState of Assam
Chandmari, Guwahati - 781003
India
Timetable
Concept Clearance -
Fact Finding -
MRM -
Approval 02 Dec 2013
Last Review Mission -
Last PDS Update 31 Mar 2015

Loan 3073-IND

Milestones
Approval Signing Date Effectivity Date Closing
Original Revised Actual
02 Dec 2013 17 Feb 2014 20 May 2014 31 Mar 2020 - -
Financing Plan Loan Utilization
Total (Amount in US$ million) Date ADB Others Net Percentage
Project Cost 157.20 Cumulative Contract Awards
ADB 125.20 02 Dec 2013 123.62 0.00 99%
Counterpart 32.00 Cumulative Disbursements
Cofinancing 0.00 02 Dec 2013 0.00 0.00 0%

Safeguard Documents

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Title Document Type Document Date
MFF - North Eastern States Roads Investment Program (Tranche 2): Paneri-Udalguri Subproject (AS03) Combined Resettlement Plan and Indigenous Peoples Plans Mar 2013
MFF - North Eastern States Roads Investment Program (Tranche 2): Tamulpur - Paneri (AS02) Combined Resettlement Plan and Indigenous Peoples Plans Mar 2013
MFF - North Eastern States Roads Investment Program (Tranche 2): Thoubal-Kassom Khullen Section of Tupul-Kassom Khullen Subproject (MN06) Combined Resettlement Plan and Indigenous Peoples Plans Mar 2013
MFF - North Eastern States Roads Investment Program (Tranche 2): Tupul-Bishnurpu Subproject (MN06) Combined Resettlement Plan and Indigenous Peoples Plans Mar 2013
MFF - North Eastern States Roads Investment Program (Tranche 2): Udaipur-Melghar Road Section (TR 02) Initial Environmental Examination Feb 2013
MFF - North Eastern States Roads Investment Program (Tranche 2): Serchhip-Buarpui Subproject (MZ02) Combined Resettlement Plan and Indigenous Peoples Plans Feb 2013
MFF - North Eastern States Roads Investment Program (Tranche 2): Tumulpur-Paneri-Udalguri Road Section (AS-02 & AS-03) Initial Environmental Examination Feb 2013
MFF - North Eastern States Roads Investment Program (Tranche 2): Serchip-Buarpui Road Section (MZ 02) Initial Environmental Examination Feb 2013
MFF - North Eastern States Roads Investment Program (Tranche 2): Udaipur-Melaghar Subproject (TR02) Combined Resettlement Plan and Indigenous Peoples Plans Feb 2013
MFF - North Eastern States Roads Investment Program (Tranche 2): Tupul-Kasom Khullen Road Section (MN-06) Initial Environmental Examination Feb 2013
MFF - North Eastern States Roads Investment Program (Tranche 2): Resettlement Framework Resettlement Frameworks Jan 2013

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