Bhutan: Road Network Project II

Sovereign Project | 39225-012 Status: Closed


The ensuing project aims to improve transport efficiency, leading to economic development and poverty reduction.

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Project Name Road Network Project II
Project Number 39225-012
Country Bhutan
Project Status Closed
Project Type / Modality of Assistance Technical Assistance
Source of Funding / Amount
TA 7128-BHU: Road Network Project II
Japan Special Fund US$ 650,000.00
Strategic Agendas Inclusive economic growth
Drivers of Change Knowledge solutions
Sector / Subsector

Transport - Road transport (non-urban)

Gender Equity and Mainstreaming
Description The ensuing project aims to improve transport efficiency, leading to economic development and poverty reduction.
Project Rationale and Linkage to Country/Regional Strategy

Bhutan is a landlocked mountainous country with most of the population living in remote scattered settlements. The transportation system depends heavily on the road network. However, due to extremely difficult terrain, the road density is very low; most of the feeder roads are in poor condition; and many rural communities are still cut off from the road network. The backbone of the road network is the East-West Highway, 2-lane standard, crossing the country through mountainous areas, which becomes difficult to use in the case of unexpected disasters such as landslides or road accidents.

The 10th Five Year Plan (10th FYP, 2008-2013) and the National Poverty Reduction Strategy emphasize the need to improve and expand road network to stimulate growth, reduce remoteness and isolation, and to provide access to basic services. ADB has been supporting this strategy as elaborated in its Country Strategy and Program (2006 - 2010) for Bhutan. In view of this, ADB will continue to support Bhutan in its efforts to implement its Road Sector Master Plan (2007-2027), which prioritizes further expansion of feeder roads as well as the 2nd East-West Highway in the less mountainous southern part of the country.

Impact The ensuing project will impact road network efficiency in the southern east-west corridor and subregional connectivity, contributing to expanded economic development and regionally-balanced development, leading to poverty reduction.
Project Outcome
Description of Outcome Expected outcome is an agreed project design suitable for ADB financing.
Progress Toward Outcome
Implementation Progress
Description of Project Outputs

Expected outputs and time frame: Feasibility study of about 190 km national highways, 125 km feeder roads, and 20 bridges including economic analysis and environmental and social impacts studies. The deliverables include: (i) inception report (1 month after commencement), (ii) draft final report (6 months after commencement), (iii) final report (after comments from Government and ADB) and (iv) Monthly progress reports.

The design consultant was mobilized on 25 January 2010 and to be completed by 24 September 2010.

Status of Implementation Progress (Outputs, Activities, and Issues)
Geographical Location Sipsoo to Daipham, Bhutan
Safeguard Categories
Environment A
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
During Project Implementation
Business Opportunities
Consulting Services The TA will require the services of an international consulting firm, in association with a national consulting firm or proposing individual national consultants, to provide 18 person-months of international consultancy, and 15 person-months of national consultancy, with expertise in the areas of road/highway/bridge and geological engineering and road/transport economic. The international consultants are the (i) road/highway and pavement engineer and team leader (7 person-months), (ii) road/transport economist (3 person-months), (iii) road/highway structural and bridge engineer (5 person-months) and (iv) geotechnical/materials engineer (3 person-months). The national consultants are (i) road/civil/ structural engineer/deputy team leader (8 person-months), (ii) road/transport economist (4 person-months), (iii) geotechnical/materials engineer (3 person-months). Separately, (i) one individual national consultant (8 person-months) will be recruited to carry out a social analysis and resettlement assessment, and (ii) one individual international consultant (2 person-month) and one individual national consultant (4 person-month) to carry out an environmental assessment of the proposed project. The individual consultants will work in team in close consultation with the engineering consultants. The consulting firm will be selected according to quality- and cost-based selection procedures and a simplified technical proposal. ADB will recruit the consultants in accordance with its Guidelines of the Use of Consultants.
Responsible ADB Officer Hiroaki Yamaguchi
Responsible ADB Department South Asia Department
Responsible ADB Division Transport and Communications Division, SARD
Executing Agencies
Department of Roads
Mr. Sangey Tenzing
Concept Clearance 04 Feb 2008
Fact Finding 29 May 2008 to 03 Jun 2008
Approval 10 Sep 2008
Last Review Mission -
PDS Creation Date 12 Mar 2008
Last PDS Update 18 Jan 2010

TA 7128-BHU

Approval Signing Date Effectivity Date Closing
Original Revised Actual
10 Sep 2008 24 Oct 2008 24 Oct 2008 30 Jun 2009 05 Oct 2009 -
Financing Plan/TA Utilization Cumulative Disbursements
ADB Cofinancing Counterpart Total Date Amount
Gov Beneficiaries Project Sponsor Others
650,000.00 0.00 165,000.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 815,000.00 10 Sep 2008 609,629.18

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