38255-043: Uttarakhand State-Road Investment Program - Tranche 3

Project Data Sheet (PDS): Details


Description

This project comprises an infrastructure improvement component and an institutional development component, and will improve a sub-network of roads totaling about 1,036 km taken from the prioritized and updated road list of Road Development Plan prepared by the state government of Uttarakhand. This project will also develop the capacity of Public Works Department of Uttarakhand (PWD). The impact of the project will be increased efficiency of transport services and sustainability of road network in good condition in Uttarakhand. The outcome will be improved mobility and accessibility in the project areas. As the outputs of the project, it is expected that (i) selected priority roads are resurfaced, upgraded or rehabilitated, (ii) PWD staff skills and qualifications are improved, and (iii) objective data driven procedures and tools are used for road planning and programming uses.

Project Rationale and Linkage to Country/Regional Strategy

India and State of Uttarakhand envision poverty reduction and an increase in personal incomes by improving personal mobility and accessibility through increased investment in road infrastructure. Uttarakhand has prepared a road development plan (RDP) to guide its investment in roads. Investments under the RDP include 7 sequential projects to be implemented between 2007 and 2017. The estimated cost of implementing the RDP is $1.2 billion. A Framework Financing Agreement (FFA) was signed between Asian Development Bank (ADB) and India on 14 November 2006 with regard to Uttarakhand State Road Investment Program (Investment Program). Subsequently on 18 December 2006, the Board approved the provision of loans under a multitranche financing facility (MFF) in an aggregate amount up to $550 million to India for the Investment Program to finance part of the RDP. The Investment Program will have a positive long-term impact on the state s economy and living standards of the rural population. The principal outcomes of the physical components under the Investment Program will be increased efficiency of inter- and intrastate transport services, and lower road maintenance costs. The non-physical components of the Investment Program would lead to: (i) increased satisfaction among road users; (ii) more opportunities for private sector participation; (iii) more synergy benefits for the parallel road development programs; and (iv) improved governance. Together, these investments would increase mobility and accessibility to educational and health services, employment opportunities, and markets for the community and enterprises in rural and urban areas of the state.

Impact

Improved efficiency and sustainability of road transport in Uttarakhand

Project Outcome

Description of Outcome

Improved efficiency of road transport in the project areas

Implementation Progress

Description of Project Outputs

1. Selected priority roads are resurfaced, upgraded or rehabilitated 2. PWD staff skills and qualifications are improved 3. Road planning and programming uses objective data driven procedures and tools 4. Project management

Safeguard Categories

Environment: B
Involuntary Resettlement: B
Indigenous Peoples: C

Summary of Environmental and Social Aspects

Environmental Aspect
The environmental due diligence report of the previous projects have been reviewed and concluded that compliance with environmental safeguard requirements were satisfactory. None of the roads under the project is located nearby or passes through environmentally sensitive areas such as national parks, sanctuaries, or other ecologically significant areas. The environmental screening found that all works for improvement of these roads would fall under category ?B? in accordance with the ADB?s Safeguard Policy Statement (2009). The initial environmental examination (IEE) report prepared for the project is attached in Appendix 8 to the PFR and disclosed at the ADB website.

Involuntary Resettlement
The project is categorized as ?B? for involuntary resettlement impacts. Five subprojects under the project will have resettlement impacts. A detailed census has been conducted along these subprojects and RPs have been prepared and approved by ADB. According to the census, 127 persons will be affected by the 5 subprojects. Most of the impact will be on structures belonging to non-titleholders. The impact on the structures will be partial affecting the boundary walls and parts of structures. A small strip of land of around 0.605 ha will have an impact under one subproject.

Indigenous Peoples
The project is categorized as ?C? for indigenous peoples as there is no impact on indigenous people. An indigenous peoples planning framework was prepared to address any unanticipated impacts on indigenous people during the implementation of the existing subprojects or any additional subprojects. In accordance with the framework, if any significant impacts on indigenous peoples are identified, an indigenous peoples plan will be prepared and submitted to ADB for approval before civil works contracts are awarded.



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Timetable

Board Approval
09 Oct 2013

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