Bangladesh: South Asia Subregional Economic Cooperation Road Connectivity Project

Sovereign Project | 40540-014 Status: Active


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Project Name South Asia Subregional Economic Cooperation Road Connectivity Project
Project Number 40540-014
Country Bangladesh
Project Status Active
Project Type / Modality of Assistance Loan
Technical Assistance
Source of Funding / Amount
Loan 2949-BAN: South Asia Subregional Economic Cooperation Road Connectivity Project
Asian Development Fund US$ 198.00 million
Loan 8263-BAN: South Asia Subregional Economic Cooperation Road Connectivity Project
OPEC Fund for International Development US$ 30.00 million
Loan: South Asia Subregional Economic Cooperation Road Connectivity Project
Abu Dhabi Fund US$ 30.00 million
TA 8221-BAN: Institutional Strengthening of the Roads and Highways Department
Japan Fund for Poverty Reduction US$ 1.50 million
Strategic Agendas Environmentally sustainable growth
Inclusive economic growth
Regional integration
Drivers of Change Governance and capacity development
Sector / Subsector

Transport - Road transport (non-urban)

Gender Equity and Mainstreaming Some gender elements
Project Rationale and Linkage to Country/Regional Strategy

Project Outcome

Description of Outcome
Progress Toward Outcome This will be achieved at the end of project period and can be assessed then.
Implementation Progress
Description of Project Outputs
Status of Implementation Progress (Outputs, Activities, and Issues)

1. Kunhwa Engineering & Consulting Co., Ltd. (Korea) in joint venture with Korea Consultants International Co., Ltd (South Korea) and Intercontinental Consultants and Technocrats Pvt. Ltd (India) and in association with Development Design Consultants Ltd (Bangladesh) have been appointed as Project Implementation Consultant (PIC) on 12 February 2014 .

2. RHD 's Roads and Building Contracts have been awarded.

3. Civil works contract for Burimari is awarded and work is ongoing.

4. Evaluation of Package 2: Improvement of Benapole Port is ongoing. Civil works contract for Benapole is expected by June 2016.

5. Selection of consultants for Consulting Services Contract for efficiency improvement of BLPA in ongoing and signing of contract is expected in April 2016.

Geographical Location

Safeguard Categories

Environment B
Involuntary Resettlement A
Indigenous Peoples C

Summary of Environmental and Social Aspects

Environmental Aspects

Environment-related activities include enhancement of hygienic conditions in the land ports, construction of an environmentally-friendly office building for RHD and expansion of the Joydeypur-Chandra-Tangail-Elenga Road. All three components fall under environment category B . Environmental impacts in the land ports and RHD office building are largely positive and include establishment of structures and mechanisms for managing waste, drainage and occupational health and safety. Negative impacts related to construction waste; air, noise and water pollution; occupational health and safety; tree removal; and erosion are expected for all project components. However, these are mainly confined to the construction period and mitigation measures have been proposed in the Environmental Management Plan (EMP) which will be included in the agreement with the contractor. Initial Environmental Examination (IEE) reports have been prepared for each component and are disclosed on the ADB website as required by ADB's Safeguard Policy Statement, 2009 (SPS). Local communities were consulted while preparing the IEE reports. Details of consultations, feedback received and grievance redress mechanism are included in the IEE reports.

While RHD has a Social and Environmental Unit to address safeguard concerns, the LPA does not have such a unit. Safeguards focal persons will be appointed in LPA headquarters and at sites. They will be supported by the PIC's environmental specialist. Safeguard training workshops will be conducted during pre-construction and construction, as necessary. Capacity development for LPA will also be provided under the loan. Annual environmental monitoring reports will be submitted by the respective executing agencies to ADB.

Involuntary Resettlement Two resettlement plans (RPs) have been prepared based on ADB's SPS and the Acquisition and Requisition of Immovable Property Ordinance II of Bangladesh (1982). Affected communities were extensively consulted to understand their views. There will be significant impact with approximately 18.9 hectares of land acquired with commercial tenants experiencing the majority of impact. 2,394 households comprising 9,885 persons will be affected. The RP will be updated based on detailed design and will be implemented by an experienced NGO with the PIC providing external monitoring. For the RHD institutional development component, 11 non-titleholder households consisting of 38 persons will be impacted. RHD has over 18 years of experience in managing social safeguard risks, including in projects funded by multilateral donors. The land port component does not require land acquisition and resettlement. The project will comply with ADB's information disclosure requirements.
Indigenous Peoples The project is not expected to have impacts on Indigenous Peoples.
Stakeholder Communication, Participation, and Consultation
During Project Design

Workshops, community mobilization, and consultation conducted for discussion on the potential needs of the community, social related issues such as gender, HIV/AIDs, human trafficking, child labor, environment and social safeguard issues.

Community meetings and focus group discussions are organized as part of the poverty and social analysis. The local consultative meetings involve all relevant stakeholders including representatives of the poor and other socially excluded groups (e.g., women, scheduled tribes, etc.) to disseminate the information as well as to get the feedback about the project design and its potential impacts. Other key stakeholders such as the relevant line departments, local government representatives and NGOs are also be consulted. Consultations were undertaken with the affected households and communities during the course of the census survey and socioeconomic survey along the project roads for the preparation of the safeguard plans. In the Resettlement Plans, a C&P plan is included for project implementation phase.

During Project Implementation

Business Opportunities

Consulting Services

An estimated 2,710 person-months (249 international, 2,461 national) of consulting services are required to (i) facilitate project management and implementation for LPA and RHD, and (ii) enhance operational efficiency of LPA. Consulting firms will be engaged using the quality- and cost-based selection (QCBS) method with a quality:cost ratio of 90:10. A higher quality ratio is adopted because the task involves a certain level of innovativeness to coordinate with LPA and RHD, and to mobilize and manage several teams at the same time. To engage quality consultants in a timely manner, ADB and the government have agreed that ADB carry out consultant selection on behalf of the government. The government will retain its authority for contract negotiation and contract signing.

The proposed TA will undertake 3 major components: (i) maintenance scheme for roads and bridges, (ii) overloading control scheme, and (iii) RHD modernization, covering institutional changes and streamlining business processes. As part of the capacity development for procurement processes, the TA will also provide for a procurement review to be undertaken for the proposed project. It is proposed that ADB will finance $1,500,000 equivalent, on a grant basis from a trust fund.

Procurement Procurement activities will be the responsibility of the Project Directors, who will be supported by the consultants under TA loan 2688 and the PIC. ADB engaged an international consultant during procurement processes for probity. ADB will closely monitor all procurement and implementation activities. Contracts for civil works and goods will comprise about 7 international competitive bidding (ICB) packages. Contract packages for equipment under RHD institutional development will be based on required technical features and timing of procurement. Packages will be identified during implementation by consultants engaged under technical assistance.

Responsible Staff

Responsible ADB Officer Mohammad Islam
Responsible ADB Department South Asia Department
Responsible ADB Division Bangladesh Resident Mission
Executing Agencies
Bangladesh Land Port Authority
Bangladesh Sthala Bandar Kartripaksha TCB Building, 1 Karwan Bazar
Roads and Highways Department
Block A, Room 122, Sarak Bhaban
Ramna, Dhaka


Concept Clearance 02 Jul 2012
Fact Finding 01 Jul 2012 to 16 Jul 2012
MRM 15 Aug 2012
Approval -
Last Review Mission -
Last PDS Update 30 Mar 2016

Loan 2949-BAN

Approval Signing Date Effectivity Date Closing
Original Revised Actual
22 Nov 2012 05 Jun 2013 28 Feb 2014 30 Jun 2018 - -
Financing Plan Loan Utilization
Total (Amount in US$ million) Date ADB Others Net Percentage
Project Cost 314.70 Cumulative Contract Awards
ADB 198.00 22 Nov 2012 163.55 0.00 91%
Counterpart 86.70 Cumulative Disbursements
Cofinancing 30.00 22 Nov 2012 28.06 0.00 16%

Loan 8263-BAN

Approval Signing Date Effectivity Date Closing
Original Revised Actual
12 Sep 2012 13 Aug 2013 19 Mar 2014 30 Sep 2017 - -
Financing Plan Loan Utilization
Total (Amount in US$ million) Date ADB Others Net Percentage
Project Cost 30.00 Cumulative Contract Awards
ADB 0.00 12 Sep 2012 0.00 46.54 155%
Counterpart 0.00 Cumulative Disbursements
Cofinancing 30.00 12 Sep 2012 0.00 2.02 7%

TA 8221-BAN

Approval Signing Date Effectivity Date Closing
Original Revised Actual
22 Nov 2012 14 Nov 2013 14 Nov 2013 31 Oct 2014 31 Oct 2015 -
Financing Plan/TA Utilization Cumulative Disbursements
ADB Cofinancing Counterpart Total Date Amount
Gov Beneficiaries Project Sponsor Others
0.00 1,500,000.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 1,500,000.00 22 Nov 2012 1,397,385.56

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.

Evaluation Documents See also: Independent Evaluation

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