Bhutan: South Asia Subregional Economic Cooperation Road Connectivity Project

Sovereign Project | 39225-034 Status: Active

Summary

ADB is helping Bhutan bring safer roads and more opportunities to the southern part of the country. The project will build 68.3 kilometers of the southern East-West Highway between the towns of Dewathang and Nganglam. It is also constructing access roads and improving border crossing stations, which will facilitate transport efficiency within Bhutan and with neighboring countries.

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Project Name South Asia Subregional Economic Cooperation Road Connectivity Project
Project Number 39225-034
Country Bhutan
Project Status Active
Project Type / Modality of Assistance Grant
Loan
Source of Funding / Amount
Grant 0400-BHU: South Asia Subregional Economic Cooperation Road Connectivity Project
Asian Development Fund US$ 18.96 million
Loan 3149-BHU: South Asia Subregional Economic Cooperation Road Connectivity Project
Asian Development Fund US$ 31.39 million
Strategic Agendas Environmentally sustainable growth
Inclusive economic growth
Regional integration
Drivers of Change Governance and capacity development
Sector / Subsector

Transport - Road transport (non-urban)

Gender Equity and Mainstreaming Some gender elements
Description
Project Rationale and Linkage to Country/Regional Strategy
Impact

Project Outcome

Description of Outcome
Progress Toward Outcome Civil works contract for Pasakha access road was awarded; works commenced in September 2015. Construction of southern east-west highway between Nganglam and Dewathang is currently suspended due to the security situation.
Implementation Progress
Description of Project Outputs
Status of Implementation Progress (Outputs, Activities, and Issues)

Civil works contract for Pasakha access road was awarded; works commenced in September 2015. Construction of southern east-west highway between Nganglam and Dewathang is currently suspended due to the security situation.

Tendering for the mini dry port is expected to start in Q3 2016 and for the Northern Bypass Road by Q4 2016.

Geographical Location

Summary of Environmental and Social Aspects

Environmental Aspects Environmental impacts will be assessed and mitigation measures recommended in compliance with ADB's Safeguard Policy Statement (2009) and government guidelines, regulations, and policies. Draft EIA for Nganglam-Deothang section of the national highway, IEE for other subprojects, and environmental management plan as applicable will be reviewed. These plans will be further reviewed during project processing.
Involuntary Resettlement Social impacts will be assessed and mitigation measures recommended in compliance with ADB's Safeguard Policy Statement (2009) and government guidelines, regulations and policies. Preliminary reviews of draft resettlement plans have been conducted. These plans will be further reviewed during the project processing.
Indigenous Peoples Social impacts will be assessed and mitigation measures recommended in compliance with ADB's Safeguard Policy Statement (2009) and government guidelines, regulations and policies.
Stakeholder Communication, Participation, and Consultation
During Project Design

DOR and PT will ensure that completed RPs and resettlement monitoring reports are made available to affected people and are submitted to ADB for posting on its Web site.

DOR and PT will ensure that EIA, IEEs and environmental monitoring reports are made available to affected people and are submitted to ADB for posting on its Web site.

During Project Implementation DOR and PT will provide ADB with (i) quarterly progress reports in a format consistent with ADB's project performance reporting system; (ii) consolidated annual reports including (a) progress achieved by output as measured through the indicator's performance targets, (b) key implementation issues and solutions; (c) updated procurement plan and (d) updated implementation plan for next 12 months; and (iii) a project completion report within 3 months of physical completion of the project components under DOR or PT respectively. To ensure the Project continue to be both viable and sustainable, project accounts and the executing agency AFSs, together with the associated auditor's report, should be adequately reviewed.

Business Opportunities

Consulting Services All consultants will be recruited according to ADB's Guidelines on the Use of Consultants (March 2013, as amended from time to time).
Procurement In order to accelerate the implementation, the government envisages the application of advance contracting for the project. All procurement of goods and works will be undertaken in accordance with ADB's Procurement Guidelines (March 2013, as amended from time to time).

Responsible Staff

Responsible ADB Officer Johan Thierry Georget
Responsible ADB Department South Asia Department
Responsible ADB Division Transport and Communications Division, SARD
Executing Agencies
Department of Roads
Ministry of Communications
Thimphu
Bhutan
Phuentsholing Thromde
DHIMAL.DC@GMAIL.COM
Post Box. 02, Pelkhil Lam,
District Chukha,
Phuentsholing, Bhutan

Timetable

Concept Clearance -
Fact Finding -
MRM -
Approval -
Last Review Mission -
Last PDS Update 09 Mar 2016

Grant 0400-BHU

Milestones
Approval Signing Date Effectivity Date Closing
Original Revised Actual
31 Jul 2014 05 Sep 2014 05 Sep 2014 31 Dec 2019 - -
Financing Plan Grant Utilization
Total (Amount in US$ million) Date ADB Others Net Percentage
Project Cost 37.61 Cumulative Contract Awards
ADB 18.96 31 Jul 2014 9.62 0.00 51%
Counterpart 18.65 Cumulative Disbursements
Cofinancing 0.00 31 Jul 2014 1.50 0.00 8%

Loan 3149-BHU

Milestones
Approval Signing Date Effectivity Date Closing
Original Revised Actual
31 Jul 2014 05 Sep 2014 05 Sep 2014 31 Dec 2019 - -
Financing Plan Loan Utilization
Total (Amount in US$ million) Date ADB Others Net Percentage
Project Cost 31.39 Cumulative Contract Awards
ADB 31.39 31 Jul 2014 0.00 0.00 0%
Counterpart 0.00 Cumulative Disbursements
Cofinancing 0.00 31 Jul 2014 0.00 0.00 0%

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.

Evaluation Documents See also: Independent Evaluation

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