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 Name||Implementation Plan for Strategic Intercity Motorway Network Project|
|Project Type / Modality of Assistance||Technical Assistance
|Source of Funding / Amount||
|Strategic Agendas||Inclusive economic growth
|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.|
|Description of Outcome||A more efficient and safer EWEC and SEC in Thailand.|
|Progress Toward Outcome|
|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.|
|Summary of Environmental and Social Aspects|
|Stakeholder Communication, Participation, and Consultation|
|During Project Design|
|During Project Implementation|
|Consulting Services||An international consulting firm in association with national consultants will undertake the consulting services for the TA.|
|Responsible ADB Officer||Leung, Kang Hang|
|Responsible ADB Department||Southeast Asia Department|
|Responsible ADB Division||Transport and Communications Division, SERD|
Department of Highways
Ministry of Transport and Communications
Rama VI Road, Khet Ratchthevee
Bangkok 10400, Thailand
|Concept Clearance||30 Jun 2008|
|Fact Finding||28 Jul 2008 to 15 Aug 2008|
|Approval||15 Dec 2009|
|Last Review Mission||-|
|PDS Creation Date||13 Jan 2010|
|Last PDS Update||31 Mar 2014|
|Approval||Signing Date||Effectivity Date||Closing|
|15 Dec 2009||11 Jun 2010||11 Jun 2010||31 Dec 2011||31 Dec 2013||-|
|Financing Plan/TA Utilization||Cumulative Disbursements|
|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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