China, People's Republic of: Second Heilongjiang Road Network Development Project

Sovereign Project | 42017-013

Summary

The project is located in the northwest of Heilongjiang province. It will improve the transport capacity of the province's East-West 2 corridor (Qiangfeng Farm-Nenjiang) by completing a key missing section between Yichun and Wudalianchi, improving the capacity of the existing road section between Longzhen and Nenjiang, and connecting these improved road sections to the other parts of the road network. This will complete the Yichun-Wudalianchi-Harbin tourism loop connecting prominent tourism destinations for forest tourism and geological scenery, and the provincial capital city.

By optimizing the road alignment and shortening the travel distance by 400 km, the project will help to develop a more resource-efficient transport infrastructure with significantly reduced energy consumption, greenhouse gas emissions, and road traffic accidents.

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Project Name Second Heilongjiang Road Network Development Project
Project Number 42017-013
Country China, People's Republic of
Project Status Approved
Project Type / Modality of Assistance Loan
Source of Funding / Amount
Loan 2631-PRC: Second Heilongjiang Road Network Development Project
Ordinary capital resources US$ 200.00 million
Strategic Agendas Inclusive economic growth
Drivers of Change Governance and capacity development
Sector / Subsector

Transport - Road transport (non-urban)

Gender Equity and Mainstreaming Some gender elements
Description

The project is located in the northwest of Heilongjiang province. It will improve the transport capacity of the province's East-West 2 corridor (Qiangfeng Farm-Nenjiang) by completing a key missing section between Yichun and Wudalianchi, improving the capacity of the existing road section between Longzhen and Nenjiang, and connecting these improved road sections to the other parts of the road network. This will complete the Yichun-Wudalianchi-Harbin tourism loop connecting prominent tourism destinations for forest tourism and geological scenery, and the provincial capital city.

By optimizing the road alignment and shortening the travel distance by 400 km, the project will help to develop a more resource-efficient transport infrastructure with significantly reduced energy consumption, greenhouse gas emissions, and road traffic accidents.

Project Rationale and Linkage to Country/Regional Strategy

Heilongjiang province needs more efficient transportation to support economic growth, foster domestic and international trade, facilitate interregional integration, and reduce poverty. Through the Northeast Region Development Strategy, which is the key theme of the Eleventh Five-Year Plan, the PRC government aims to reduce development disparities between the northeastern and coastal regions. Through the project it will complete an important missing link between the northeast and northwest of Heilongjiang province.

Over the past 30 years, the government has given priority to expanding the road network to improve connectivity. Now an improved system for maintaining the road asset base is needed. This requires better approaches to the planning, budgeting, and execution of road maintenance works, including the introduction of more effective methods of maintenance contracting.

Efficient road transport services are needed to realize the full benefits of road infrastructure. In some parts of Heilongjiang province, rural villages lack adequate bus services in terms of availability, frequency, cost, reliability, and safety. Rural passenger transport services can be improved by introducing more effective approaches to licensing and upgrading stations.

The project is part of ADB's ongoing policy dialogue in the PRC transport sector, which includes (i) financing new roads that connect major growth centers, supported by a system of local roads; (ii) developing and improving urban transport and rural roads; (iii) promoting road safety; (iv) reducing vehicle emissions and raising energy efficiency; (v) improving commercial orientation and efficiency of expressway organizations; and (vi) promoting sustainable transport.

The project is consistent with the PRC's development priorities and ADB's country partnership strategy for the PRC (2008-2010), which seek to promote inclusive growth and environmentally sustainable transport.

Impact More balanced economic development is realized in Heilongjiang province.
Project Outcome
Description of Outcome A more resource-efficient, safe, and environment-friendly road transport system is developed in Heilongjiang province
Progress Toward Outcome The Project is being implemented smoothly and mostly on schedule. As of December 2014, the overall project physical progress is estimated at 98%.
Implementation Progress
Description of Project Outputs

1. Provincial highway and associated facilities between Yichun and Nenjiang are operational

2. Road asset management system (RAMS) is operational in Heilongjiang

3. Rural bus services are introduced in the project area

4. Institutional and staff capacity are strengthened

Status of Implementation Progress (Outputs, Activities, and Issues)

1), 2nd batch civil work contracts for construction of Yichun- Bei'an road section (A1-A8 and B1-B5) signed in August and September 2010. the phisical construction was completed by Sep. 2012.

the expressway opened for traffic on 18 October 2012

The 1st batch civil works physically completed 100% .

3rd batch civil work contracts (A9-A13) including class III link roads were signed in September/ October 2010. and Physical construction was completed by Sep. 2012

3rd batch civil work contracts for construction of Longzhen-Nenjiang road section (A9-A13) including three class I and III link roads were signed in September/ October 2010 and completed by Sep. 2012.

The international consultant commenced in mid June 2011 and is ongoing

2). Assisted by the international consultant, the preparation of RAMS subcomponent started in 2010 and the initial traffic and road inventory data collection for RAMS was completed in 2010. the corresponding trainings for staff in HPHB were completed and the annual road maintenance plan (ARMP) was prepared annually based on the applied RAMS.

3). Upon the consultant's mobilization in May 2011, a Pilot Project Secretariat (PPP) was set up in Bei'an on 10 June 2011. Zhaoguang Town was selected as the pilot township, whilst Qianjin, Beihe and Beile villages were selected as the pilot villages. The civil works were completed at the end of 2012 and the stations were operated since January 2013.

4). As of December 2014,14 of total 14 domestic training programs that were developed and included in the training plan. Two overseas training on road and bridge construction technology and asset management system were conducted in 2012.

Geographical Location Northeast PRC
Safeguard Categories
Environment A
Involuntary Resettlement A
Indigenous Peoples B
Summary of Environmental and Social Aspects
Environmental Aspects

The project is classified as environmental category A. An environmental impact assessment (EIA) for the project roads and bus stations was prepared by HPTD and approved by Heilongjiang Environmental Protection Bureau in May 2009. A summary EIA (SEIA) including an environmental management plan (EMP) and environmental framework for maintenance works was circulated to the ADB Board of Directors and made publicly available through the ADB website on 14 October 2009. The EIA and SEIA assess the environmental impact of the selected road alignments of the project roads and bus stations, and prescribe environmental protection and mitigation measures.

HPTD shall ensure that (i) the Project is designed, constructed, operated and maintained in accordance with national and local laws and regulations, ADB's Environment Policy (2002), the EIA and SEIA; (ii) any adverse environmental impacts arising from the Project are minimized by implementing the mitigation measures and EMP presented in the EIA; (iii) the EMP is updated at the engineering design stage and incorporated into the bidding documents and civil works contracts; (iv) all environmental permits, licenses, and clearances are obtained in a timely manner; and (v) the status of implementation of the EMP and any violations of environmental standards are reported to ADB on a semiannual basis in accordance with the specifications set forth in the EIA.

Involuntary Resettlement

The project is classified as category A for involuntary resettlement. HPTD has prepared a full resettlement plan for the project roads and a short resettlement plan for the bus stations. Resettlement information booklets were distributed to affected villages.

The implementation of land acquisition and resettlement commenced in March 2010 and mainly completed in May 2011.

Indigenous Peoples There are 9,090 ethnic minorities (1.7% of total population) living in the project area. They mainly include Hui, Mongolian, and Korean. They have been integrated into the mainstream society and will equally benefit from the increased and improved road and transport facilities and services; in addition, some specific actions are included in the SDAP to enhance benefits in a culturally sensitive manner. No ethnic minorities are affected by land acquisition and resettlement.
Stakeholder Communication, Participation, and Consultation
During Project Design Consultations have been held with the National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC), Ministry of Finance (MOF), Ministry of Transport (MOT), and respective agencies of the provincial government in designing the proposed Project. Extensive public consultations were held with 1,600 people throughout project preparation, including 16 focus group discussions to gather opinions on road alignment, environment, and resettlement measures. Public awareness of the project is high and the residents and local governments view the construction of the project road positively. HPTD carried out consultation meetings with (i) the people affected by the revision of the road alignments and the respective local governments were informed about the alignments, and (ii) the people who would have been affected by the original alignments and respective local governments were informed about the change in the alignment to avoid any possible misunderstanding or incorrect expectation about the alignment of the project road.
During Project Implementation

Stakeholder participation and consultation will continue to increase understanding and meet the evolving needs and expectations of

the stakeholders, and encourage active involvement of local communities.

Business Opportunities
Consulting Services The ADB loan will finance 22 person-months of international consulting services for (i) construction supervision, (ii) road safety improvement, and (iii) road maintenance improvement; and 15 person-months national consulting services for implementation of a pilot project for bus route licensing reform. The consultants will be recruited in accordance with ADB's Guidelines on the Use of Consultants (2007, as amended from time to time). ADB approved advance recruitment on 25 September 2009.
Procurement ADB-financed procurement will follow ADB's Procurement Guidelines (2007, as amended from time to time). The ADB loan will finance the 23 contract packages for project road civil works, which will be procured through international competitive bidding. Prior review will be applied for these contract packages. Other civil works contract packages, bus stations, and maintenance works will be financed by the government and procured using government procedure acceptable to ADB.
Responsible ADB Officer Xiao Guangrui
Responsible ADB Department East Asia Department
Responsible ADB Division PRC Resident Mission
Executing Agencies
Heilongjiang Provincial Transportation DepartmentLui Jingfanghrdp@yahoo.com72 Heping Road, Xiangfang District, Harbin, Heilongjiang, PRC
Timetable
Concept Clearance 22 Feb 2011
Fact Finding 14 Sep 2009 to 23 Sep 2009
MRM 24 Nov 2009
Approval 20 Apr 2010
Last Review Mission -
PDS Creation Date 24 Jul 2009
Last PDS Update 27 Mar 2015

Loan 2631-PRC

Milestones
Approval Signing Date Effectivity Date Closing
Original Revised Actual
20 Apr 2010 02 Jul 2010 05 Nov 2010 30 Jun 2015 - -
Financing Plan Loan Utilization
Total (Amount in US$ million) Date ADB Others Net Percentage
Project Cost 998.15 Cumulative Contract Awards
ADB 200.00 20 Apr 2010 197.62 0.00 99%
Counterpart 798.15 Cumulative Disbursements
Cofinancing 0.00 20 Apr 2010 199.61 0.00 100%
Status of Covenants
Category Sector Safeguards Social Financial Economic Others
Rating Satisfactory - - - - Satisfactory

Safeguard Documents

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Title Document Type Document Date
Second Heilongjiang Road Network Development Project: Yichun-Nenjiang Road Section of Qianfeng Farm-Nenjiang Road Environmental Monitoring Report Environmental Monitoring Reports Dec 2013
Second Heilongjiang Road Network Development Project: Resettlement Monitoring Report No. 5 Social Monitoring Reports Feb 2013
Second Heilongjiang Road Network Development Project: Semestral Environmental Monitoring Report (November 2012) Environmental Monitoring Reports Nov 2012
Second Heilongjiang Road Network Development Project: Semestral Environmental Monitoring Report (July 2012) Environmental Monitoring Reports Jul 2012
Second Heilongjiang Road Network Development Project: Resettlement Monitoring Report No. 4 Social Monitoring Reports May 2012
Second Heilongjiang Road Network Development Project: Resettlement Monitoring Report No. 3 Social Monitoring Reports Dec 2011
Second Heilongjiang Road Network Development Project: Semestral Environmental Monitoring Report (November 2011) Environmental Monitoring Reports Nov 2011
Second Heilongjiang Road Network Development Project: Resettlement Monitoring Report No. 1 Social Monitoring Reports Oct 2011
Second Heilongjiang Road Network Development Project Social Monitoring Reports Jul 2011
Second Heilongjiang Road Network Development Project Environmental Monitoring Reports Dec 2010
Second Heilongjiang Road Network Development Project Social Monitoring Reports Oct 2010
Second Heilongjiang Road Network Development Project: Semestral Environmental Monitoring Report (August 2010) Environmental Monitoring Reports Aug 2010
Second Heilongjiang Road Network Development Project-Updated Resettlement Plan Resettlement Plans Apr 2010
Resettlement Planning Documents: PRC: Heilongjiang Road Development II Project (Yichun-Nenjiang) - Chinese Resettlement Planning Documents Jun 2009
Second Heilongjiang Road Network Development Project: Bus Station Construction Resettlement Plan (Final) Resettlement Plans Jun 2009
Second Heilongjiang Road Network Development Project: Bus Station Construction Resettlement Plan (Draft) Resettlement Plans Jun 2009
Second Heilongjiang Road Network Development Project: Resettlement Plan Resettlement Plans Jun 2009

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