41682-039: Greater Mekong Subregion Highway Expansion Phase 2 Project | Asian Development Bank

Thailand: Greater Mekong Subregion Highway Expansion Phase 2 Project

Sovereign (Public) Project | 41682-039 Status: Approved

The proposed project will (i) upgrade about 125 kilometers (km) of national highway in the northeastern region of Thailand from two-lane carriageway to four-lane carriageway; and (ii) strengthen capacity in road safety management by introducing road safety audits and road safety awareness training for the executing agency during project implementation.

 
Project Name Greater Mekong Subregion Highway Expansion Phase 2 Project
Project Number 41682-039
Country Thailand
Project Status Approved
Project Type / Modality of Assistance Loan
Source of Funding / Amount
Loan 3582-THA: Greater Mekong Subregion Highway Expansion Phase 2 Project
Ordinary capital resources US$ 99.40 million
Strategic Agendas Inclusive economic growth
Regional integration
Drivers of Change Knowledge solutions
Sector / Subsector

Transport / Road transport (non-urban)

Gender Equity and Mainstreaming No gender elements
Description The proposed project will (i) upgrade about 125 kilometers (km) of national highway in the northeastern region of Thailand from two-lane carriageway to four-lane carriageway; and (ii) strengthen capacity in road safety management by introducing road safety audits and road safety awareness training for the executing agency during project implementation.
Project Rationale and Linkage to Country/Regional Strategy

As the second largest economy in the Southeast Asia, Thailand's development potential is strong. Over the last four decades, Thailand has made remarkable progress in social and economic development, moving from a low-income country to an upper-middle income economy. Thailand's economy is diversified with manufacturing as the main sector contributing to economic growth. Transport infrastructure is an important component of the economy for mobility of goods and people to provide accesses to economic opportunities and social services.

The proposed project will improve National Highway (NH) 22 and NH 23, both of which are located in northeast Thailand and key link roads in the vicinity of the EWEC. On NH 22, the annual average daily traffic (AADT) is about 12,000. The AADT on NH 23 is about 15,000. To address such large traffic volumes, the government is currently upgrading NH 22 and NH 23 to divided 4-lane carriageways. The proposed project will continue the government initiative by upgrading the remaining sections of NH 22 and NH 23, which are currently single 2-lane carriageways.

Impact Access to social and economic opportunities enhanced (the Twelfth National Economic and Social Development Plan 2017 -2021)
Project Outcome
Description of Outcome Efficiency and safety of movements of goods and people improved
Progress Toward Outcome
Implementation Progress
Description of Project Outputs

1. Sections of NH 22 and NH 23 upgraded

2. Capacity in road safety management strengthened

Status of Implementation Progress (Outputs, Activities, and Issues)
Geographical Location Nation-wide
Safeguard Categories
Environment B
Involuntary Resettlement B
Indigenous Peoples C
Summary of Environmental and Social Aspects
Environmental Aspects

Environment (category B). The project is not anticipated to cause significant adverse environmental impacts as road expansion activities will be confined within the ROW of the project with only minor and short-term environmental impacts during construction. The project road sections in NH 22 and NH 23 are not within any ecologically protected area. An initial environmental examination (IEE) has been prepared to meet the requirements of the ADB's Safeguard Policy Statement (2009) and this includes an environmental management plan (EMP). The recommended environmental mitigation measures and monitoring activities set out in the EMP cover the preconstruction, construction, and operation stages of the project. DOH has a unit for resettlement and environmental protection. The unit is well staffed with specialists for environmental protection and has experience in ADB project. DOH will be assisted by the construction supervision consultant's environmental specialists during project implementation. The EMP, which also defines the institutional arrangements and responsibilities for implementation of the plan, will be included in the bidding documents and in the ensuing contracts. The contractors will be required to prepare site-specific Contractor's EMP (CEMP) before commencing construction.

Public consultations have been conducted to inform the stakeholders about the project and know their concerns so that these may be adequately addressed. The highlights of the public consultations are included in the IEE with additional consultations scheduled during project implementation. A grievance redress mechanism (GRM) for resolving environmental complaints has been developed for the project. An updated IEE will be prepared should there be major changes in the project design while additional mitigation measures will be added to the EMP and/or CEMP to address unanticipated environmental impacts that were not identified in the original IEE. The IEE and updated IEE, if any, will be disclosed in ADB's website.

Involuntary Resettlement

Involuntary resettlement (category B). The project will not entail any further land acquisition as the land acquisition for the ROW of the project has been completed since 1967. The involuntary resettlement safeguard is to mainly mitigate and address minor impacts that will occur within the ROW. Based on the detailed inventory prepared during project preparation, a total of 155 potentially affected households were determined. Out of this number, 11 will be severely affected. All of these households are currently unlawfully using government's land within the ROW. Impacts are all characterized as economic displacements of shop owners and paddy farmers.

A resettlement plan has been prepared in accordance with ADB's Safeguard Policy Statement (2009). The plan will ensure measures for affected persons to assist them in maintaining if not improving on their socio-economic pre-project conditions. Measures in the plan include the (i) gradual transfer of shops by DOH and contractors on the residual area along the road; (ii) farmers encroaching and tilling the land within the ROW will have to discontinue farming activities; (iii) linking affected households with livelihood assistance programs. Consultations with affected households were carried out during preparation of the plan and the households acknowledged willingness to terminate and transfer their income generating activities when the project commences. The plan will be disclosed to the affected persons prior to ADB appraisal. A grievance mechanism and monitoring system have been established per Thai legal framework. With the assistance of a resettlement specialist, DOH will be responsible for implementing the plan.

Indigenous Peoples Indigenous peoples (category C). No indigenous peoples are present in the area as the project roads do not cross or affect any communities of indigenous peoples.
Stakeholder Communication, Participation, and Consultation
During Project Design Public consultations with stakeholders and with project-affected people will be held during project planning. The results of these consultations will be incorporated in the resettlement plan, environmental impact assessment, and the environmental management plan.
During Project Implementation Public consultations with stakeholders and with project-affected people will be held during project implementation. The results of these consultations will be incorporated in the resettlement plan, environmental impact assessment, and the environmental management plan.
Responsible ADB Officer Leung, Kang Hang
Responsible ADB Department Southeast Asia Department
Responsible ADB Division Transport and Communications Division, SERD
Executing Agencies
Department of Highways
Ministry of Transport and Communications
Rama VI Road, Khet Ratchthevee
Bangkok 10400, Thailand
Timetable
Concept Clearance 28 Mar 2017
Fact Finding 24 Apr 2017 to 05 May 2017
MRM 23 Jun 2017
Approval 20 Oct 2017
Last Review Mission -
Last PDS Update 25 Oct 2017

Loan 3582-THA

Milestones
Approval Signing Date Effectivity Date Closing
Original Revised Actual
20 Oct 2017 - - 30 Sep 2022 - -
Financing Plan Loan Utilization
Total (Amount in US$ million) Date ADB Others Net Percentage
Project Cost 213.60 Cumulative Contract Awards
ADB 99.40 20 Oct 2017 0.00 0.00 0%
Counterpart 114.20 Cumulative Disbursements
Cofinancing 0.00 20 Oct 2017 0.00 0.00 0%

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Evaluation Documents See also: Independent Evaluation

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Tenders

Tender Title Type Status Posting Date Deadline
Construction Supervision Consultant Firm - Consulting Active 11 Nov 2017 15 Dec 2017
External Independent Financial Auditor Consultant Firm - Consulting Active 11 Nov 2017 15 Dec 2017
41682-039-THA: Greater Mekong Subregion (GMS) Highway Expansion Phase 2 Project [Packages I, J, K, L, M, N] Invitation for Bids Active 20 Oct 2017 15 Dec 2017
41682-THA: Greater Mekong Subregion (GMS) Highway Expansion Phase 2 Project Advance Notice Active 06 Oct 2017

Contracts Awarded

No contracts awarded for this project were found

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