India: Rural Connectivity Investment Program - Tranche 3

Sovereign Project | 40423-053 Status: Approved

Summary

The Rural Connectivity Investment Program supports the government's objectives under the PMGSY in the states of Assam, Chhattisgarh, Madhya Pradesh, Odisha, and West Bengal (the investment program states). The investment program will improve and sustain the connectivity of selected rural communities in the investment program states to markets, district headquarters, and other centers of economic activities.

Latest Project Documents

Consulting Notices

See also: CMS

No notices are currently available for this project.

Procurement Notices

See also: Operational Procurement

No notices are currently available for this project.

Procurement Documents

None currently available.


Project Data Sheets (PDS) contain summary information on the project or program. Because the PDS is a work in progress, some information may not be included in its initial version but will be added as it becomes available. Information about proposed projects is tentative and indicative.

The Public Communications Policy (PCP) recognizes that transparency and accountability are essential to development effectiveness. It establishes the disclosure requirements for documents and information ADB produces or requires to be produced.

The Accountability Mechanism provides a forum where people adversely affected by ADB-assisted projects can voice and seek solutions to their problems and report alleged noncompliance of ADB's operational policies and procedures.

In preparing any country program or strategy, financing any project, or by making any designation of, or reference to, a particular territory or geographic area in this document, the Asian Development Bank does not intend to make any judgments as to the legal or other status of any territory or area.

 
Project Name Rural Connectivity Investment Program - Tranche 3
Project Number 40423-053
Country India
Project Status Approved
Project Type / Modality of Assistance Loan
Source of Funding / Amount
Loan 3306-IND: Rural Connectivity Investment Program - Tranche 3
Ordinary capital resources US$ 273.00 million
Strategic Agendas Inclusive economic growth
Drivers of Change Governance and capacity development
Private sector development
Sector / Subsector

Transport - Road transport (non-urban)

Gender Equity and Mainstreaming Effective gender mainstreaming
Description The Rural Connectivity Investment Program supports the government's objectives under the PMGSY in the states of Assam, Chhattisgarh, Madhya Pradesh, Odisha, and West Bengal (the investment program states). The investment program will improve and sustain the connectivity of selected rural communities in the investment program states to markets, district headquarters, and other centers of economic activities.
Project Rationale and Linkage to Country/Regional Strategy The absence of all-weather road connectivity is a serious problem in India's rural areas, making these communities inaccessible for up to 90 days a year. Poor road infrastructure affects economic growth, agricultural productivity, and employment in these areas, and therefore has a strong link to poverty. The Government of India is addressing this problem through the implementation of a nationwide rural road investment program the Prime Minister''s Rural Roads Program (PMGSY) aimed at providing all-weather road connectivity to currently unconnected eligible habitations in India's rural areas. Since it was started in 2000, this flagship program has constructed 426,629 kilometers (km) of rural roads, connecting 156,206 habitations in India to a greater transportation network. The Asian Development Bank (ADB) country partnership strategy (CPS), 2013 -2017 for India is closely aligned with the priorities of India's Twelfth Five Year Plan, 2012- 2017. The CPS reconfirms continuing ADB assistance for the development of rural roads, which is critical for rural development as they provide access to markets, health, education, and administrative services.
Impact improved access to markets, district headquarters, and other centers of socio-economic activities aligned with India's Five Year Plan, 2012-2017.
Project Outcome
Description of Outcome improved and sustained connectivity of selected rural communities in the investment program states.
Progress Toward Outcome
Implementation Progress
Description of Project Outputs

Selected rural roads are constructed to all-weather standard

quality of design of RCIP roads is improved

maintenance of RCIP roads is improved and sustained

road safety measures are incorporated into the design

institutional capacity strengthened

effective project management provided.

Status of Implementation Progress (Outputs, Activities, and Issues)
Geographical Location
Safeguard Categories
Environment B
Involuntary Resettlement C
Indigenous Peoples C
Summary of Environmental and Social Aspects
Environmental Aspects Investment program states will follow the provisions of the RCIP environmental assessment and review framework (EARF), Environmental Code of Practice (ECOP) checklists will be completed by PICs based on site visits for all road subprojects including bridges longer than 50 m. The completed ECOP checklists will be reviewed by the TSC with site verifications for a minimum representative sample of 10% of the roads in each investment program state under each tranche. Based on the completed ECOP checklists state level IEE reports and standard Environmental Management Plans (EMP) for all road subprojects will be prepared by the TSC. The standard EMP will be attached to the bidding document while the road specific EMPs will be available and provided to contractors together with the DPRs. Information on the location of specific environment issues and number of trees, ponds, utility structures etc. will be taken from the ECOPs and added to the standard EMP to convert it into road specific EMPs. For non-road subprojects IEE reports and EMPs will be prepared separately in house or by the DPR consultants.
Involuntary Resettlement Investment program states will follow the provisions of the RCIP environmental assessment and review framework (EARF), Environmental Code of Practice (ECOP) checklists will be completed by PICs based on site visits for all road subprojects including bridges longer than 50 m. The completed ECOP checklists will be reviewed by the TSC with site verifications for a minimum representative sample of 10% of the roads in each investment program state under each tranche. Based on the completed ECOP checklists state level IEE reports and standard Environmental Management Plans (EMP) for all road subprojects will be prepared by the TSC. The standard EMP will be attached to the bidding document while the road specific EMPs will be available and provided to contractors together with the DPRs. Information on the location of specific environment issues and number of trees, ponds, utility structures etc. will be taken from the ECOPs and added to the standard EMP to convert it into road specific EMPs. For non-road subprojects IEE reports and EMPs will be prepared separately in house or by the DPR consultants.
Indigenous Peoples Through the census survey, Scheduled tribes (STs) and Scheduled Castes (SCs) have been identified in project roads in all five states. Given that the project involves minor upgrades to existing roads, it will not lead to further impact to any of the STs and SCs in the areas. There will be no impact on their tribal and cultural identity. In contrary, they will receive similar benefits from the investment program as the non-scheduled tribe households, by providing connectivity to habitations and increasing access to better facilities in health, education, and markets. This has also been confirmed by the TSC subsequent review of the due diligence process. Moreover, the CPF has special provisions for all scheduled tribe households to ensure that their living standards are not adversely affected as a result of land donation or in the event of any loss of non land asset and impacts on their livelihoods. In case of any significant impacts on scheduled tribes under any subproject, the mitigation shall follow the requirements as set out in the CPF. As also laid down in the CPF, for any impact on land involving traditional and tenure rights of the scheduled tribes, the legal provisions laid down by GOI and the related investment program state pertaining to land transfer will be followed.
Stakeholder Communication, Participation, and Consultation
During Project Design The design phase included a comprehensive consultation process for each of the 1822 subproject roads. During this process, 43,657 people were consulted about the road design to ensure land donation would be voluntary and to include design features requested by the community.
During Project Implementation Community consultations are mostly conducted during project preparation. However, support to poor and vulnerable families to ensure they are adequately linked to government and state sponsored poverty alleviation and employment programs will be conducted by the PIC during implementation. Moreover, community members will participate to the grievance redress committee established for each subproject road.
Business Opportunities
Consulting Services Project 3 has no provision for financing consulting services. The service of the TSC will continue to be financed under project 1 to conduct the safeguard due diligence activities, impact and compliance monitoring, and other activities under the investment program according to the terms of reference. Similarly, the SSTC will be recruited under project 1 to support the RCTRC in rolling out the training program and its certification for the PIU, PRI, design consultant, and contractor staff.
Procurement All procurement of civil works financed by ADB will be done in accordance with ADB's Procurement Guidelines (2015, as amended from time to time). For the project roads, each state will follow national competitive bidding (NCB) with the standard PMGSY bidding document (improved as needed in agreement with ADB) and the e-procurement system, which was also approved by ADB for the project. For buildings, each state will also follow NCB with the bidding document approved by ADB.
Responsible ADB Officer Ashok Srivastava
Responsible ADB Department South Asia Department
Responsible ADB Division India Resident Mission
Executing Agencies
Rural Development Department
RDSEC.OR@NIC.IN
Rural Development Department
Government of Odisha
Sanchivalaya Marg, Bhubaneswar India
Panchayat and Rural Development Department
CEORRDA@REDIFFMAIL.COM
5th Floor, B-Wing, Paryawas Bhawan,
Bhopal(MP)-462004
India
Panchayat and Rural Development Department
VIVEKDHAND@NIC.IN
Room No.317, DKS Bhavan(Mantralay),
Raipur India
Ministry of Rural Development
Krishi Bhawan
New Delhi 110001
India
Panchayat and Rural Development Department
SECY-PRD@NIC.IN
Department of Panchayats & Rural
Development, Jessop Building (1st Floor)
63 N.S. Road, Kolkata - 700001 India
Public Works Roads Department(Government of Assam)
AS-GUW1@NIC.IN
Assam Sachivalaya, Dispur, Guwahati-6
Assam India
Timetable
Concept Clearance -
Fact Finding -
MRM 18 Jun 2015
Approval 22 Oct 2015
Last Review Mission -
Last PDS Update 22 Oct 2015

Loan 3306-IND

Milestones
Approval Signing Date Effectivity Date Closing
Original Revised Actual
22 Oct 2015 06 Nov 2015 29 Dec 2015 30 Jun 2018 - -
Financing Plan Loan Utilization
Total (Amount in US$ million) Date ADB Others Net Percentage
Project Cost 506.89 Cumulative Contract Awards
ADB 273.00 22 Oct 2015 0.00 0.00 0%
Counterpart 233.89 Cumulative Disbursements
Cofinancing 0.00 22 Oct 2015 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.

Title Document Type Document Date
Rural Connectivity Investment Program - Project 3: Assam Roads Initial Environmental Examination Initial Environmental Examination May 2015
Rural Connectivity Investment Program - Project 3: Madhya Pradesh Roads Initial Environmental Examination Initial Environmental Examination May 2015
Rural Connectivity Investment Program - Project 3: Odisha Roads Initial Environmental Examination Initial Environmental Examination May 2015
Rural Connectivity Investment Program - Project 3: West Bengal Roads Initial Environmental Examination Initial Environmental Examination May 2015
Rural Connectivity Investment Program - Project 3: Chhattisgarh Roads Initial Environmental Examination Initial Environmental Examination May 2015
Rural Connectivity Investment Program: RCTRC and RRNMU Buildings in Assam, Chhattisgarh, Madhya Pradesh, Odisha and West Bengal under Project 1 and Project 3 Safeguards Due Diligence Reports May 2015
Rural Connectivity Investment Program: RCTRC and RRNMU Buildings in Assam, Chhattisgarh, Madhya Pradesh, Assam and Odisha under Batch I and Batch III Initial Environmental Examination Initial Environmental Examination May 2015
Rural Connectivity Investment Program - Project 3: Odisha Roads Social Safeguards Compliance Report Safeguards Due Diligence Reports Apr 2015
Rural Connectivity Investment Program - Project 3: Due Diligence of Ongoing Projects in Assam, Chhattisgarh, Madhya Pradesh, Odisha, and West Bengal under Project 1 and Project 2 Safeguards Due Diligence Reports Apr 2015
Rural Connectivity Investment Program - Project 3: West Bengal Roads Social Safeguards Compliance Report Safeguards Due Diligence Reports Apr 2015
Rural Connectivity Investment Program - Project 3: Assam Roads Social Safeguards Compliance Report Safeguards Due Diligence Reports Apr 2015
Rural Connectivity Investment Program - Project 3: Chhattisgarh Roads Social Safeguards Compliance Report Safeguards Due Diligence Reports Apr 2015
Rural Connectivity Investment Program - Project 3: Madhya Pradesh Roads Social Safeguards Compliance Report Safeguards Due Diligence Reports Apr 2015

Evaluation Documents

See also: Independent Evaluation

None currently available.

Related Publications

None currently available.


The Public Communications Policy (PCP) establishes the disclosure requirements for documents and information ADB produces or requires to be produced in its operations to facilitate stakeholder participation in ADB's decision-making. For more information, refer to the Safeguard Policy Statement, Operations Manual F1, and Operations Manual L3.

Requests for information may also be directed to the InfoUnit.