40075-033: National Trade Corridor Highway Investment Program, Tranche 2

Project Data Sheet (PDS): Details


Project Rationale and Linkage to Country/Regional Strategy

The proposed Project 2 is part of the Central Asia Regional Economic Cooperation (CAREC). It will be PAK Investment Project 119 under corridor 5 of updated CAREC. It will improve regional connectivity through improving linkages with the neighboring countries and developing inter-provincial linkages to improve sub-regional connectivity. The proposed project 2 will construct a north-south access controlled expressway system to link the northern area of the country to existing expressway network and lead to better connectivity within Pakistan, to China and Afghanistan and other central Asian countries. The Project 2 is part of the famous Karakoram Highway (KKH), which connects Kashgar of China to Abbottabad of Pakistan and extends to meet the Grand Trunk Road at Hassanabad, and it is also a part of ancient Silk Road. The Project is in line with the Country Partnership Strategy for 2009-2013 and is consistent with ADB s continuous supports on the NTCIP.

Impact

Efficiency gain for road traffic operation along the National Trade Corridor

Project Outcome

Description of Outcome

Improved regional network for movement of goods and people along E35 expressway

Implementation Progress

Description of Project Outputs

Expressway connecting Hassanabdal and Sarai Saleh constructed and operational NHA's institutional capacity in social safeguards improved

Safeguard Categories

Environment: A
Involuntary Resettlement: A
Indigenous Peoples: C

Summary of Environmental and Social Aspects

Environmental Aspect
Tranche 2 is a new alignment through areas that are sparsely populated, therefore an Environment Category A project; there are no protected areas in the vicinity with no significant or thick vegetation. The environmental impacts identified are largely concentrated in the construction phase, due to the sheer scale of the project, appropriate and specific mitigation measures.

Involuntary Resettlement
Project 2 is classified category A for the purposes of social safeguards including involuntary resettlement. About 9,000 households will be affected by the project , and the impacts vary from household to household, and primarily involve the acquisition of portions of agricultural land. Some residential lands will be affected, however all households will be able to relocate either on remaining land, or land within close proximity to the affected lands. The LARF has been updated, endorsed by NHA, cleared by ADB and has been disclosed/uploaded to the ADB and NHA websites. Three LARPs have been prepared in accordance with the approved updated LARF, the Land Acquisition Act of 1894 and ADB SPS, 2009. The resettlement planning was informed by a detailed independent land assessment study to ensure prices proposed for compensation approximate full replacement cost as required by SPS 2009.

Indigenous Peoples
There will no indigenous people in the project affected area.

Stakeholder Participation and Consultation

During Project Design
The consultation process will continue to share the latest development interventions in the project and take responses from the APs.

During Project Implementation
The consultation process will continue during project implementation.



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Timetable

Concept Clearance
28 Jul 2007

Management Review Meeting
25 Nov 2013

Approval
01 Apr 2014

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