Thailand: Implementation Plan for Strategic Intercity Motorway Network Project

Sovereign Project | 41682-032

Summary

The overall objective of the TA study will be to provide the Government with a detailed implementation plan for the motorway corridors, and to prepare the highest priority project ready for award and implementation using an appropriate public-private partnership model. The TA will concentrate on three motorway links: (i) Bang Pai In - Nakhon Sawan; (ii) Bang Yai - Nakhon Pathom - Kanchanaburi; and (iii) Nakhon Pathom - Chi Am. In general, the TA study will build upon the work and documentation already prepared under the World Bank's TA for the DOH on the Bang Pa-In to Nakhon Ratchasima Motorway. To realize the overall objective, the TA study will carried out in three phases: (i) the inspection and screening phase to review and study market issues and regulatory structures for the Thai road sector; (ii) the project preparation phase to prepare a project for the selected motorway link; and (iii) the procurement preparation phase to prepare necessary documents and prerequisites for procurement process.

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Project Name Implementation Plan for Strategic Intercity Motorway Network Project
Project Number 41682-032
Country Thailand
Project Status Closed
Project Type / Modality of Assistance Technical Assistance
Source of Funding / Amount
TA 7483-THA: Implementation Plan for Strategic Intercity Motorway Network Project
Japan Special Fund US$ 1.00 million
Strategic Agendas Inclusive economic growth
Regional integration
Drivers of Change Partnerships
Private sector development
Sector / Subsector Transport - Road transport (non-urban)
Gender Equity and Mainstreaming
Description The overall objective of the TA study will be to provide the Government with a detailed implementation plan for the motorway corridors, and to prepare the highest priority project ready for award and implementation using an appropriate public-private partnership model. The TA will concentrate on three motorway links: (i) Bang Pai In - Nakhon Sawan; (ii) Bang Yai - Nakhon Pathom - Kanchanaburi; and (iii) Nakhon Pathom - Chi Am. In general, the TA study will build upon the work and documentation already prepared under the World Bank's TA for the DOH on the Bang Pa-In to Nakhon Ratchasima Motorway. To realize the overall objective, the TA study will carried out in three phases: (i) the inspection and screening phase to review and study market issues and regulatory structures for the Thai road sector; (ii) the project preparation phase to prepare a project for the selected motorway link; and (iii) the procurement preparation phase to prepare necessary documents and prerequisites for procurement process.
Project Rationale and Linkage to Country/Regional Strategy

To reduce logistics cost and increase the country's global competitiveness, the Thai Cabinet on 27 February 2007 agreed upon a Thailand logistics road map. The overall objective of the road map is to reduce logistics costs in Thailand through the promotion of (i) more efficient logistics in the production sector, (ii) more efficiency in the transport sector, (iii) the development of private sector logistics businesses, (iv) better facilitation for international trade, and (v) better human resource development.

To support the policy of the Cabinet with respect to increasing efficiency in the transport sector, the Ministry of Transport (MOT) and its Office of Transport and Traffic Policy, with the Department of Highways (DOH), will prioritize five areas of road development: (i) intercity motorways, (ii) Bangkok express ring roads, (iii) industrial ring roads, (iv) widening of highways to four lanes, and (v) roadway network connections to neighboring countries. Within the road subsector, the Government intends to pursue its overall goal of reducing logistics costs and maintaining or increasing the country's regional competitiveness primarily within the framework of these five areas. A number of challenges and constraints must be overcome to achieve this goal within a reasonable period, including (i) developing a broadly based financing plan that reaches well beyond the dependence on normal yearly DOH budget allocations; and (ii) making significant changes to Thailand's legal and contractual frameworks to provide the environment essential for the introduction of innovative public private partnerships.

In anticipation of the need for certain reforms to the Thai legal framework, and to be compatible with international norms and requirements that will arise with the utilization of public-private partnership contracts, the MOT has drafted a new transport management act. The present draft of this proposed legislation is divided into three parts: (i) the first part deals with the required structural reforms needed to ensure a clear separation of responsibility and authority between the transport entities and agencies of government with respect to policy, regulation and operation; (ii) the second part deals with specific legal issues dealing with public-private partnerships, including definitions; models; and the rights, benefits, and risks of both parties; and (iii) the third part deals with supporting mechanisms for investment in infrastructure, such as establishing and administering toll road investment trusts or other investment type funds, and promotion incentives with respect to tax and other promotional benefits. This law is in the draft and review stage, with enactment contemplated for late 2009 or early 2010.

Impact Increased competitiveness of local economy in the provinces along EWEC and SEC in Thailand.
Project Outcome
Description of Outcome A more efficient and safer EWEC and SEC in Thailand.
Progress Toward Outcome
Implementation Progress
Description of Project Outputs

Upgrading of 105 km of highway along the EWEC and 73 km along the SEC to a four-lane divided highway standard.

Project management system operating.

An implementation plan for the Strategic Intercity Motorway Network prepared.

Status of Implementation Progress (Outputs, Activities, and Issues) Implementation will be completed soon. The PATA is now on its third phase. Preparation of TA final report is ongoing.
Geographical Location Thailand
Summary of Environmental and Social Aspects
Environmental Aspects
Involuntary Resettlement
Indigenous Peoples
Stakeholder Communication, Participation, and Consultation
During Project Design
During Project Implementation
Business Opportunities
Consulting Services An international consulting firm in association with national consultants will undertake the consulting services for the TA.
Responsible ADB Officer Kang Hang Leung
Responsible ADB Department Southeast Asia Department
Responsible ADB Division Transport and Communications Division, SERD
Executing Agencies
Department of HighwaysMinistry of Transport and Communications
Sri-Ayuthaya Road
Bangkok 10400, Thailand
Timetable
Concept Clearance 30 Jun 2008
Fact Finding 28 Jul 2008 to 15 Aug 2008
MRM -
Approval 15 Dec 2009
Last Review Mission -
PDS Creation Date 13 Jan 2010
Last PDS Update 31 Mar 2014

TA 7483-THA

Milestones
Approval Signing Date Effectivity Date Closing
Original Revised Actual
15 Dec 2009 11 Jun 2010 11 Jun 2010 31 Dec 2011 31 Dec 2013 -
Financing Plan/TA Utilization Cumulative Disbursements
ADB Cofinancing Counterpart Total Date Amount
Gov Beneficiaries Project Sponsor Others
1,000,000.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 1,000,000.00 15 Dec 2009 887,897.24

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