Viet Nam: Ho Chi Minh City Metro Rail System Project

Sovereign Project | 39500-012

Summary

The Project Preparatory Technical Assistance will advise Ho Chi Minh City (HCMC) People's Committee on the integrated development of the first two mass rapid transit (MRT) lines in HCMC. The goal of the MRT is to provide convenient, comfortable, safe, affordable, and clean urban travel that improves the quality of urban living and reduces reliance on private modes of travel.

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Project Name Ho Chi Minh City Metro Rail System Project
Project Number 39500-012
Country Viet Nam
Project Status Closed
Project Type / Modality of Assistance Technical Assistance
Source of Funding / Amount
TA 4862-VIE: Ho Chi Minh City Metro Rail System Project
Japan Special Fund US$ 1.70 million
TA 4862-VIE: Ho Chi Minh City Metro Rail System (Supplementary)
Public-Private Infrastructure Advisory Facility US$ 200,000.00
TA 4862-VIE: Ho Chi Minh City Metro Rail System Project (Second Supplementary)
Technical Assistance Special Fund US$ 200,000.00
TA 4862-VIE: Ho Chi Minh City Metro Rail System Project (3rd Supplementary)
Technical Assistance Special Fund US$ 300,000.00
Strategic Agendas Inclusive economic growth
Drivers of Change Governance and capacity development
Partnerships
Private sector development
Sector / Subsector Transport - Urban public transport
Gender Equity and Mainstreaming No gender elements
Description The Project Preparatory Technical Assistance will advise Ho Chi Minh City (HCMC) People's Committee on the integrated development of the first two mass rapid transit (MRT) lines in HCMC. The goal of the MRT is to provide convenient, comfortable, safe, affordable, and clean urban travel that improves the quality of urban living and reduces reliance on private modes of travel.
Project Rationale and Linkage to Country/Regional Strategy

Viet Nam's economy is growing rapidly. This is especially the case in large cities, most notably Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City (HCMC), which are the primary centers of economic growth and will remain so for the foreseeable future. The large cities have grown rapidly over the last 15 years and are expected to continue to grow relative to the rest of the country, both in terms of population and economy. HCMC is the largest city in Viet Nam with an area of about 2,100 sq. km. and a population that has grown at an average of 2.4% over the last 15 years, to about 5.5 million in 2003, or approximately 6% of Viet Nam's total population. On current trends, the city's population is forecast to reach 7.2 million by 2020.

Although cars are becoming more common, motorcycles dominate transport in HCMC, and serve the population well, providing the poor with mobility than experienced by many non-motorized citizens in richer countries. Inspite of explosive growth in motorcycle ownership, congestion has remained tolerable. Traffic accidents, however, have become a serious concern. Increasing vehicle numbers have also lead to air quality degradation that will intensify with increasing congestion.

The People's Committee in HCMC is aware of these challenges and has developed plans for the orderly development of the city based on designated satellite growth areas and rapid development of public transport to cater for a much lager share of passenger traffic, from about 2% today to 60% in 2020.

The CSP for Viet Nam includes sustainable growth as one of the strategic priorities. If the economy is to continue growing then the major engines of this growth must not be starved of adequate transport infrastructure.

Impact
Project Outcome
Description of Outcome
Progress Toward Outcome
Implementation Progress
Description of Project Outputs
Status of Implementation Progress (Outputs, Activities, and Issues)
Geographical Location Ho Chi Minh City, Viet Nam
Safeguard Categories
Environment A
Involuntary Resettlement A
Indigenous Peoples C
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 be implemented by a consulting firm requiring about 60 international person-months and 100 national person-months of consulting time during calendar year 2007. It is expected that consulting services will be allocated as follows: part I (30%), part II (60%), and part III (10%). The international consulting firm will have expertise in transport and urban planning; demand forecasting; civil, structural, geotechnical, tunnel, mechanical and electrical engineering; rolling stock; rail operations; financial and economic analysis; environmental assessment; resettlement; social assessment; and institutional planning and capacity building. The international consulting firm will be supported by domestic consultants in transport and urban planning; demand forecasting; engineering; institutional arrangements; law; financial and economic analyses; resettlement, environmental and social planning; and translation. The consultants will be engaged by ADB in accordance with its Guidelines on the Use of Consultants.

The TA will use fixed budget selection, taking into account the importance of the project, the need for a high-profile consultant project team, and the fact that the work will take place in a relatively new subsector for ADB. The consulting firm will be asked to produce a simplified technical proposal as (i) the short-listing process will have already established that the firm has outstanding competence in the urban transport sector and in the region; and (ii) the detailed terms of reference mean that only limited input is expected on the methodology and technical approach.

Responsible ADB Officer Hubert M. Jenny
Responsible ADB Department Southeast Asia Department
Responsible ADB Division Transport and Communications Division, SERD
Executing Agencies
People's CommitteeMr. Nguyen Van Quocnvquoc@gmail.com23-25 Ham Nghi st, District 3, Ho Chi Minh City, Viet Nam
Timetable
Concept Clearance 05 Aug 2005
Fact Finding 27 Mar 2006 to 31 Mar 2006
MRM -
Approval 02 Nov 2006
Last Review Mission -
PDS Creation Date 15 Mar 2006
Last PDS Update 31 Jul 2010

TA 4862-VIE

Milestones
Approval Signing Date Effectivity Date Closing
Original Revised Actual
02 Nov 2006 03 May 2007 03 May 2007 30 Apr 2008 31 Dec 2009 -
Financing Plan/TA Utilization Cumulative Disbursements
ADB Cofinancing Counterpart Total Date Amount
Gov Beneficiaries Project Sponsor Others
2,200,000.00 200,000.00 500,000.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 2,900,000.00 02 Nov 2006 2,339,694.16

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