Nepal: South Asia Subregional Economic Cooperation Road Connectivity Project

Sovereign Project | 38350-013 Status: Active

Summary

ADB is helping upgrade key sections of Nepal’s East West Highway to allow year-round travel. The highway is the country’s busiest road and lies along a South Asia Subregional Economic Cooperation (SASEC) corridor. The project will also upgrade feeder roads of the Mid-Hill Corridor, which will provide remote hill communities improved access to basic services and opportunities.

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Project Name South Asia Subregional Economic Cooperation Road Connectivity Project
Project Number 38350-013
Country Nepal
Project Status Active
Project Type / Modality of Assistance Loan
Source of Funding / Amount
Loan 3012-NEP: South Asia Subregional Economic Cooperation Road Connectivity Project
Asian Development Fund US$ 75.00 million
TA 8413-NEP: South Asia Subregional Economic Cooperation Road Connectivity Project
Technical Assistance Special Fund US$ 500,000.00
TA: South Asia Subregional Economic Cooperation Road Connectivity Project
Technical Assistance Special Fund US$ 500,000.00
Strategic Agendas Inclusive economic growth
Regional integration
Drivers of Change Governance and capacity development
Sector / Subsector

Transport - Road transport (non-urban)

Gender Equity and Mainstreaming Effective gender mainstreaming
Description
Project Rationale and Linkage to Country/Regional Strategy
Impact

Project Outcome

Description of Outcome
Progress Toward Outcome NCB civil works contracts have been awarded in May 2014; contractors commenced work in June 2014. Personnel and machines have been mobilized; maintenance works are ongoing. Physical progress of the 5 NCB packages is very slow, varies from 14 to 26%. ICB civil works contracts have been awarded in October 2014 and commenced work in November 2014. Physical progress of the 2 ICB packages is on track.
Implementation Progress
Description of Project Outputs
Status of Implementation Progress (Outputs, Activities, and Issues)

Physical progress of 2 ICB contracts is on track.

Physical progress of the 5 NCB packages is very slow, varies from 14 to 26%. Construction works in all project sites were affected to due Terai unrest since August and trade and transit since September 2015, resulting in fuel and construction material shortage.

(i) Selection of NGO for implementation of GESI activities; and (ii) recruitment of individual consultants to improve capacity of MPIT in road maintenance asset management is ongoing.

Geographical Location

Summary of Environmental and Social Aspects

Environmental Aspects The DOR Project Directorate will have an environmental focal person to coordinate and oversee proper implementation of environment safeguards in the project. Technical support will be provided by the Geo-Environment and Social Unit (GESU) that is responsible for implementing and monitoring social and environment safeguards for all DOR projects. GESU has received capacity building assistance from various international agencies including the ADB and hence, is well experienced. The Construction Supervisions Consultant's team will include an Environmental Expert that will supervise and guide proper implementation of the EMP by the contractor. Biodiversity enhancement activities for the EWH Koshi (Chatara) Bridge EWH will be implemented by a local NGO in close collaboration with the local Forestry department, and the Department of National Parks and Wildlife Conservation. A training and coordination workshop will be conducted before project implementation to clarify roles and responsibilities of all project stakeholders. Semi-annual environmental monitoring reports for all the project roads will be prepared for disclosure on the ADB website in compliance with the ADB SPS 2009.
Involuntary Resettlement The Project will cause significant land acquisition and resettlement impacts. The combined involuntary resettlement and indigenous people plans outline the compensation entitlements and these have been endorsed by the EA and adequate budget will be allocated. Meaningful consultation and information disclosure were undertaken with (i) project-displaced persons, (ii) IP 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, a new or updated resettlement plan will be prepared or modified according to the applicable laws referred to in the resettlement plan. ADB's approval will be obtained before further implementation of the relevant section of the project roads. The DOR Project Directorate will have a resettlement and safeguards focal person to coordinate and oversee proper implementation of combined indigenous peoples plan and resettlement plans. Technical support will be provided by GESU. The CSC team will include a Resettlement Expert that will guide and supervise implementation of the combined IPP and RPs. DOR will submit the monitoring reports to ADB on semiannual basis.
Indigenous Peoples The Government has declared 59 groups as indigenous peoples, or the janjatis , constituting about 37.2% of Nepal's population. Meaningful consultations with the concerned indigenous groups and their leaders were conducted in the project influence area as part of the social impact assessment and the census survey 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. This is to ensure that indigenous peoples will not be affected more than the rest of the population and will have culturally appropriate benefits from the socioeconomic opportunities created by the Project. The project will not have adverse impacts on the identity, culture and customary livelihoods of the indigenous people.
Stakeholder Communication, Participation, and Consultation
During Project Design
During Project Implementation

Business Opportunities

Procurement The government has promulgated the Public Procurement Act (2007) and Public Procurement Regulations (2007), both of which are generally acceptable to ADB and encompass best international procurement practices. The Public Procurement Monitoring Office has been assigned as the national procurement oversight body under the Office of the Prime Minister and Council of Ministers. The government will publish information on the project on the DOR's website, including business opportunities associated with the project, and information on procurement of goods, works, and consulting services. E-submission of bids which has substantially increased transparency and fairness in bidding competition of in the previous ADB road project will be adopted.

Responsible Staff

Responsible ADB Officer Naresh Pradhan
Responsible ADB Department South Asia Department
Responsible ADB Division Nepal Resident Mission
Executing Agencies
Ministry of Physical Infrastructure and Transport
HPSHARMA@MELAMCHIWATER.ORG
Singha Durbar
Kathmandu
Nepal

Timetable

Concept Clearance -
Fact Finding -
MRM -
Approval -
Last Review Mission -
Last PDS Update 04 Mar 2016

Loan 3012-NEP

Milestones
Approval Signing Date Effectivity Date Closing
Original Revised Actual
30 Jul 2013 20 Oct 2013 31 Jan 2014 30 Jun 2019 - -
Financing Plan Loan Utilization
Total (Amount in US$ million) Date ADB Others Net Percentage
Project Cost 97.00 Cumulative Contract Awards
ADB 75.00 30 Jul 2013 36.47 0.00 67%
Counterpart 22.00 Cumulative Disbursements
Cofinancing 0.00 30 Jul 2013 20.25 0.00 37%

TA 8413-NEP

Milestones
Approval Signing Date Effectivity Date Closing
Original Revised Actual
30 Jul 2013 01 Oct 2013 01 Oct 2013 30 Jun 2015 30 Jun 2016 -
Financing Plan/TA Utilization Cumulative Disbursements
ADB Cofinancing Counterpart Total Date Amount
Gov Beneficiaries Project Sponsor Others
500,000.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 500,000.00 30 Jul 2013 11,017.47

Safeguard Documents See also: Safeguards

Safeguard documents provided at the time of project/facility approval may also be found in the list of linked documents provided with the Report and Recommendation of the President.

Title Document Type Document Date
SASEC Road Connectivity Project: Semiannual Social Monitoring Report (July-December 2015) Social Monitoring Reports Dec 2015
SASEC Road Connectivity Project: Semiannual Environmental Monitoring Report (July-December 2015) Environmental Monitoring Reports Dec 2015
SASEC Road Connectivity Project: Semiannual Environmental Monitoring Report (January-June 2015) Environmental Monitoring Reports Sep 2015
South Asia Subregional Economic Cooperation Road Connectivity Project: Semiannual Social Monitoring Report (January-June 2015) Social Monitoring Reports Sep 2015
SASEC Road Connectivity Project: Manthali-Ramechhap Subproject Initial Environmental Examination Feb 2013
SASEC Road Connectivity Project: Halesi–Diktel Subproject Initial Environmental Examination Feb 2013
SASEC Road Connectivity Project: Leguwaghat-Bhojpur Subproject Initial Environmental Examination Feb 2013
SASEC Road Connectivity Project: Mechipul-Chandraghadi-Birtamod Subproject Initial Environmental Examination Feb 2013
SASEC Road Connectivity Project: Leguwaghat-Bhojpur Road Safeguards Due Diligence Reports Dec 2012
SASEC Road Connectivity Project: East-West Highway - Koshi Bridge - East-West Highway Subproject Combined Resettlement Plan and Indigenous Peoples Plans Dec 2012
SASEC Road Connectivity Project: Mechipul-Birtamod Subproject Safeguards Due Diligence Reports Dec 2012
Strategic Road Improvement Project: East-West Highway (Nadaha) – Koshi Bridge (Chatara) – East West Highway Environmental Impact Assessments Nov 2012
SASEC Road Connectivity Project: Halesi-Diktel Road Combined Resettlement Plan and Indigenous Peoples Plans Aug 2012
SASEC Road Connectivity Project: Manthali-Ramechhap Road Combined Resettlement Plan and Indigenous Peoples Plans Aug 2012

Evaluation Documents See also: Independent Evaluation

None currently available.

Related Publications

Title Document Type Document Date
Nepal: SASEC Road Connectivity Brochures and Flyers May 2015

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