|Progress Toward Outcome
Final assessment for TAJ component is ongoing and will be available in the third quarter 2014. Performance indicators and interim achievements as of the end of 2012 are provided below [Source: Project Monitoring and Evaluation Interim Report as of 31 December 2012]:
1. Daily international freight traffic on the project road increases from about 10 trucks per day in 2006 to 177 trucks per day in 2015. Progress: December 2012 traffic surveys indicate increase of daily international freight traffic to 160 trucks in December 2011 and 76 trucks in December 2012.
2. Domestic traffic on the project road increases from 250 annual average daily traffic (AADT) in 2006 to 750 AADT in 2015. Progress: December 2012 traffic surveys indicate significant increase in domestic traffic to 2378 AADT.
3. Travel time between Dushanbe and Kyrgyz-PRC border reduced from 13 hours in 2007 to 8 hours by 2012. Progress: As of December 2012, travel time from Dushanbe to Karamik border takes 7 hours.
4. Number of children in the project area attending secondary school increases from 95% in 2007 to 99% in 2015. Progress: In 2012, attendance is estimated at 99%.
5. Agricultural, horticultural, and livestock production in the project area increases from 100,000 tons in 2006 to 160,000 tons in 2015. Progress: 2011 production is estimated at 110,683 tons (local government production statistics). Data for 2012 will be available in June 2013.
6. Traffic accidents on the Corridor reduces from 14 accidents per 250 AADT in 2006 to 14 per 750 AADT in 2015. Progress: The number of traffic accidents on the project road has been significantly reduced - 14 accidents per 1850 AADT in the fourth quarter of 2012.
For Progress Towards Outcome under KGZ component (Grant 0084-TAJ), refer to progress report of Project No. 39676-033.
|Status of Implementation Progress (Outputs, Activities, and Issues)
Output 1. Nimich (Tajikistan) to Sary Tash (Kyrgyz Republic) road corridor improved:
Under TAJ component, 114 km of road section from Nimich to Karamyk was improved, including 5 new bridges, 3 rehabilitated bridges, and 3 bridges replaced with concrete causeways: (i) For Sayron-Karamik section [Package 1, 248-337 km] main civil works completed, with Defects Liability Period ended on 16 September 2013. (ii) For Nimich-Sayron section [Package 2, 217-248 km], the contract was completed on 15 December 2010; the site was inspected by the Government Commission and the Consultant on 17 December 2010; the Performance certificate and the Final certificate issued.
Output 2. Nimich to Sary Tash road corridor properly maintained:
The component has undergone significant delays on its initial as this was a new concept for MOT and the country without any precedence in the contract execution. After long delays and with numerous efforts, the government and MOT agreed to pilot the PBM contracts for two CAREC road sections. The PBM consultant was mobilized on 6 February 2012 to assist MOT with all preparatory work for implementing the PBM contracts. Two PBM contracts [Lot 1: Nurobod to Nimich, km 140 to km 213, and Lot 2: Vahdat - Obi-Garm, km 20 to km 96] were awarded on 25 May 2013 and commenced on 1 July 2013. The contracts will be implemented over three years.
MOT assumed full responsibility for the PBM contracts after the project closure and would ensure monitoring and supervision of contracts up to their end period in 2016. To ensure effective monitoring and supervision of PBM activity as well as its evaluation and further improvement, key MOT and PIU officials were trained on Results-Based Management and Performance Indicators for the Road Sector through a study tour to Malaysia, which among others, included a study visit to the PBM site for observing good practices. Moreover, the project procured a vehicle and computer equipment to ensure (i) the appropriate level of supervision over the PBM contracts, (ii) continuous and effective monitoring and evaluation of the PBM pilot projects, and (iii) sustainability of the projects outcome.
Output 3. Border infrastructure at Kyrgyz-Tajik and Kyrgyz-PRC borders improved:
The works under this component were implemented under the Loan 2114-TAJ/Grant 0155-TAJ: Regional Customs Modernization and Infrastructure Development Project. Works for improvement of Karamik border post at Tajik-Kyrgyz border commenced in July 2009 and completed in November 2010, including construction of two entry check points, administrative building, examination facility, concrete placing, and water and electricity supply. Diesel generator, X-ray machine, electric scale were also delivered to the border post. Development of the Unified Automated Information System (UAIS) software has been finalized and rolled out to 74 border posts, including Karamik.
Output 4. Cross-border agreement among Kyrgyz Republic, PRC, and Tajikistan signed:
The cross-border transport agreement between Tajikistan and Kyrgyz Republic was signed by the two Governments on 2 December 2010. Accordingly, the agreement was ratified by Tajikistan and Kyrgyz Republic and became effective on 28 June 2011. In August 2011, Afghanistan, Kyrgyz Republic and Tajikistan have finalized an agreement that will allow Afghanistan to take part in a cross-border transport accord recently ratified by the two Central Asian countries.
Refer to Project No. 39676-033 for Progress/ Status as well as Activities under KGZ component (Grant 0084-TAJ).