Nepal: Roads Connectivity Sector I

Sovereign Project | 37266-032

Summary

The principal objective of the grant is to reduce the isolation of remote rural communities, mostly in the hilly region by enhancing access of the poor to basic services, employment opportunities, and service centers of health and education in major towns and district headquarters.

The anti-trafficking program will help mitigate the spread of HIV/AIDS, and hence, is included in the HIV/AIDS and Anti-Trafficking Program to be financed by the Grant.

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Project Name Roads Connectivity Sector I
Project Number 37266-032
Country Nepal
Project Status Approved
Project Type / Modality of Assistance Grant
Loan
Source of Funding / Amount
Grant 0051-NEP: Roads Connectivity Sector I
Asian Development Fund US$ 55.20 million
Loan 8231-NEP: Roads Connectivity Sector I
OPEC Fund for International Development US$ 10.00 million
Strategic Agendas Inclusive economic growth
Drivers of Change
Sector / Subsector Transport - Road transport (non-urban)
Gender Equity and Mainstreaming
Description

The principal objective of the grant is to reduce the isolation of remote rural communities, mostly in the hilly region by enhancing access of the poor to basic services, employment opportunities, and service centers of health and education in major towns and district headquarters.

The anti-trafficking program will help mitigate the spread of HIV/AIDS, and hence, is included in the HIV/AIDS and Anti-Trafficking Program to be financed by the Grant.

Project Rationale and Linkage to Country/Regional Strategy
Impact Reduce poverty of isolated people in the hilly northern part of Nepal, and support economic growth of rural communities
Project Outcome
Description of Outcome

1. Enhance access to district headquarters, markets, employment opportunities and social services including health and education.

2. Increased traffic growth rate.

3. Reduced transport cost.

4. Reduced road accident rate.

5. Improved efficiency and sustainability of DOR in planning, constructing, and managing the SRN.

6. Enhanced capacity of local construction and consulting services

7. Prevention of HIV/AIDS and anti-trafficking

Progress Toward Outcome The project is physically completed recently awaiting the financial closure. Progress towards outcome will be assessed during the PCR mission later this year
Implementation Progress
Description of Project Outputs

(i) road connectivity

(ii) Connected district headquarters

(iii) Maintain SRN

(iv) Road safety capacity improved in DOR

(v) Strengthen road safety database

(vi) Prevention of overloading

(vii) Building capacity of DOR and local contractors increased

(viii) HIV/AIDS and anti-trafficking component

1. Increased awareness about HIV/AIDS transmission by vulnerable people in the project area

2. Increased access and ability to use prevention services and products. Effective behaviour change program established through information and education campaigns, community mobilization and condom distribution.

3. Risk of being trafficked reduced for women and children.

4. Increased capacity of DOR to handle HIV/AIDS and anti-trafficking issues in road projects

(ix) Domestic contractors engaged for works of project roads.

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

1) Road Connectivity:

1.1) Construction and upgrading of 239.91 km sample feeder roads and 78 km of non-sample feeder roads to all weather standard

Progress: A total of 239.91 km of sample and 78 km non sample feeder roads have been upgraded to fair weather standard under the Project. Civil works of 22 contract packages have been completed.

Construction of Sunkoshi Bridge in Khurkot was completed on 30 June 2014.

2) Connected district headquarters

2.1) 3 district headquarters connected for the first time by road to highways

Progress: Three district headquarters are connected to all weather road for the first time (Dhunche of Rasuwa, Manthali of Ramechhap, and Taplejung of Taplejung districts).

3) Maintain SRN:

3.1) DOR has a provision and the budget for annual periodic maintenance of 500km of SRN including 318 financed by ADF grant

4) Road safety capacity improved in DOR

4.1) Road safety audit manual tools developed

Progress: DOR has development road safety manuals

4.2) Training conducted for DOTM staff in July 2012

5) Strengthen road safety database

5.1) Purchase updated data software

Progress: DOR will carry out need assessment

5.2) 10 DOR and DOTM staff trained

Progress: DOR staffs have been trained under TA 4825. Training provided to DOTM staff in July 2012

6) Prevention of overloading

6.1) Purchase and application of about 20 road safety equipment

Progress:

6.2) Heavy Vehicle Management Policy in implementation

Progress: EA prepared short and long term action plan to implement heavy vehicle management policy. EA to regularly submit progress report to ADB

6.3) Installation of weighbridges at 15 key positions

Progress: DOR has initiated procurement process to purchase axel weigh bridges under Grant 0225: STEP

7) Building capacity of DOR and local contractors increased

7.1) Increase in technical capacity of staff of DOR and local contractors

Progress: Training provided to DOR staff and local contractors under TA 4825 to increase their technical capacity

8) HIV/AIDS and anti-trafficking component

8.1) Increased awareness about HIV/AIDS transmission by vulnerable people in the project area

8.1.1) 90% or road construction workers, transport operators, female sex workers, labor migrants, populations living along the road corridors, reached by the Project

Progress:

2,831 people working along project road under different packages, consultants have been sensitized on HIV/AIDs and human trafficking issues.

1,009(community people, hotel owners, transport operators) have also been sensitized.

5,477 brochures, 5,752 posters and 7,410 pamphlets distributed to raise the awareness among the target groups

8.2) Increased access and ability to use prevention services and products. Effective behavior change program established through information and education campaigns, community mobilization and condom distribution

8.2.1) 70% of the male target group and female sex workers report consistent condom use

Progress: 88,120 condoms have been distributed among target groups. the KAP assessment shows majority of the target group are consistently using condom

8.2.2) 100% of the male target group and female sex workers know the benefit of using condoms

Progress: The male target group and female sex workers in the project road sections are aware about the benefit of using condoms

8.3) Risk of being trafficked reduced for women and children

8.3.1) 100% of girls and women aged 11-25 and boys aged 6-12 reached with anti-trafficking messages

Progress:

2,721 (1,228 boys and 1,423 girls) participated in anti-trafficking awareness through school and health programs

8.4) Increased capacity of DOR to handle HIV/AIDS and anti-trafficking issues in road projects

8.4.1) DOR staff sensitized and trained on DOR to handle HIV/AIDS and anti-trafficking issues in road projects

Progress: 161 DOR staff and consultant participated in 10-12 programs conducted

9) Domestic contractors engaged for works of project roads

9.1) More than 50% of works contracted to domestic contractors

Progress: 23 civil work contract packages awarded under the Project. 12 (52%) contracts were awarded to domestic contractors to strengthen capacity of local construction industry

Geographical Location
Safeguard Categories
Environment B
Involuntary Resettlement A
Indigenous Peoples B
Summary of Environmental and Social Aspects
Environmental Aspects
Involuntary Resettlement
Indigenous Peoples
Stakeholder Communication, Participation, and Consultation
During Project Design Meetings held with all relevant stakeholders during project design.
During Project Implementation Stakeholder meetings held to (i) familiar local communities about the project design and implementation produre; (ii) distribution of compensation packages; and (iii) address local grievances.
Business Opportunities
Consulting Services A consulting firm has been recruited using ADB's quality- and cost-based selection procedure in accordance with Guidelines on the Use of Consultants by the Asian Development Bank. It was envisaged that about 60 person-months of international consultants and 1,322 person-months of national consultants will be required for the Project. Consultants will carry out (i) detailed design and construction supervision of sample roads; and (ii) feasibility studies, preliminary, and detailed design and construction supervision of non-sample roads.
Procurement

23 contracts have been awarded for construction and upgrading of (i) 227 km sample feeder roads; and (ii) 263 km of non sample feeder roads to all weather standard.

Procurement was carried out in accordance with ADB's Procurement Guidelines (2006).

Responsible ADB Officer Naresh Pradhan
Responsible ADB Department South Asia Department
Responsible ADB Division Nepal Resident Mission
Executing Agencies
Ministry of Physical Infrastructure and TransportMr. Dinker Sharmapdadb@wlink.com.npDepartment of Roads, MPPW
Timetable
Concept Clearance 07 Oct 2004
Fact Finding 08 Aug 2005 to 22 Aug 2005
MRM 10 Mar 2006
Approval 10 Aug 2006
Last Review Mission -
PDS Creation Date 31 Jan 2007
Last PDS Update 18 Feb 2015

Grant 0051-NEP

Milestones
Approval Signing Date Effectivity Date Closing
Original Revised Actual
10 Aug 2006 11 Sep 2006 20 Nov 2006 30 Jun 2013 31 Jul 2014 -
Financing Plan Grant Utilization
Total (Amount in US$ million) Date ADB Others Net Percentage
Project Cost 70.00 Cumulative Contract Awards
ADB 55.20 10 Aug 2006 51.21 0.00 100%
Counterpart 14.80 Cumulative Disbursements
Cofinancing 0.00 10 Aug 2006 50.08 0.00 98%
Status of Covenants
Category Sector Safeguards Social Financial Economic Others
Rating - Satisfactory - - - Satisfactory

Loan 8231-NEP

Milestones
Approval Signing Date Effectivity Date Closing
Original Revised Actual
11 Sep 2006 20 Nov 2007 21 Jan 2008 15 Dec 2012 30 Jun 2014 -
Financing Plan Loan Utilization
Total (Amount in US$ million) Date ADB Others Net Percentage
Project Cost 10.00 Cumulative Contract Awards
ADB 0.00 11 Sep 2006 0.00 9.52 95%
Counterpart 0.00 Cumulative Disbursements
Cofinancing 10.00 11 Sep 2006 0.00 8.49 85%
Status of Covenants
Category Sector Safeguards Social Financial Economic Others
Rating - Satisfactory - - - Satisfactory
Title Document Type Document Date
Roads Connectivity Sector I Project/Program Administration Manual Apr 2007
Grant Agreement for Road Connectivity Sector I Project between Nepal and ADB dated 11 September 2006 Grant Agreement Sep 2006
Road Connectivity Sector I Project Reports and Recommendations of the President Jul 2006
Roads Connectivity Sector I Project Design and Monitoring Frameworks Mar 2006

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