|Progress Toward Outcome
At completion on 30 September 2013, project outcomes are substantially achieved, as envisaged. Before the project, the road was in poor condition and became a bottleneck to the international and domestic traffic. It was almost unpaved, and the international roughness index (IRI) was about 12- 15. Upon completion, the entire section of 136 kilometer was rehabilitated with full asphalt surfacing, new and replaced bridges, improved drainage system, and significant road safety facilities. The improvement completely changed the transport condition of the road and well facilitated the local and international traffic. The project has led to more efficient movement of freight and passenger traffic along the road at a time of increasing demand. It created more frequent use of transport services by residents of the project area and enhanced their access to social services and employment opportunities. The project has also generated significant economic benefits, stimulated the local socioeconomic development, including remarkable trade and local market development and fast booming in local transport service.
Along with the rapid socioeconomic and trade development after the road improvement, the traffic on the project road represents a fast growing trend and is higher than appraised over the period. It increased from average 89 vehicles in 2007 to 390 vehicles in 2013, with an average increase rate of 28% per annum. In the traffic composition of 2013, about 67.5% was passenger vehicles and 32.5% was freight vehicles. Passenger vehicles are mainly local for the people to commute between villages to market and social centers. Most of the freight vehicles are large or medium trucks for the goods transported between Sary-Tash to the Kyrgyz Tajik border as well as carrying goods from the PRC to Tajikistan. A large proportion of the heavy trucks belong to the international traffic. The vehicles may run at average speed of 60- 80 kilometers per hour and more than half traveling time is saved as to comparing with that before the project. Travel time of the residents to the nearest major city Osh reduced from 10-15 to 3-4 hours which entailed a consequent reduction of the transport costs and a convenience of travel.
ADB conducted a PCR mission jointly with the government in December 2013. The project accounts were closed on 28 February 2014.
|Status of Implementation Progress (Outputs, Activities, and Issues)
1. The civil work component was fully completed by the project closing date on 30 September 2013. The one year defects notification period (DFP) started on 18 October 2012. The contractor finished all remedial works by 18 October 2013, the end of DFP.
2. The government has been providing adequate financing for maintaining the project road and complies with the respective loan covenant. MOTC planned to implement the PBM component in 2012-2013 focusing on the Osh-Gulcha road but this delayed due to protracted internal restructuring in MOTC and severe budget constraints. In February 2013 MOTC re-recruited an international PBM consultant to develop bidding and contract documents for the PBM pilot contract to be implemented in the framework of the next ADB-financed project, the Bishkek-Osh Road Phase IV. The consultant helped MOTC prepare draft bidding and contract documents for the Kara-Balta-161km section which were submitted on 13 September 2013.
3. Reconstruction of the Irkeshtam BCP was completed. The government arranged financing this component through the PRC's technical assistance in amount of CNY21 million (about $3.4 million equivalent). The component commenced in August 2009 and was completed in August 2010, and the border infrastructure and facilities were substantially upgraded. It included constructing a new customs hall and office and a large paved parking lot for cross-border vehicles, and equipping the customs with a set of equipment for inspection, quarantine, and processing.
4. The Cross Border Agreement (CBA) were signed by Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan in December 2010 and became effective on 28 June 2011. On 31 May 2013 the government approved Afghanistan's joining to the CBTA pending a parliamentarian approval.