Tajikistan: CAREC Corridor 3 (Dushanbe-Uzbekistan Border) Improvement Project

Sovereign Project | 42052-022

Summary

CAREC Corridor 3 covers almost 7,000 km of roads and runs across Central Asia in the north-south direction, linking the Russian Federation to the Persian Gulf. The corridor serves as a main conduit for regional and international trade. The project will complete the corridor's missing link in Tajikistan's territory - the section from Dushanbe to the Uzbekistan border. This will help further reduce transport cost and travel time, and increase regional and transit trade.

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Project Name CAREC Corridor 3 (Dushanbe-Uzbekistan Border) Improvement Project
Project Number 42052-022
Country Tajikistan
Project Status Approved
Project Type / Modality of Assistance Grant
Source of Funding / Amount
Grant 0245-TAJ: CAREC Corridor 3 (Dushanbe-Uzbekistan Border) Improvement Project
Asian Development Fund US$ 120.00 million
Strategic Agendas Inclusive economic growth
Regional integration
Drivers of Change Governance and capacity development
Private sector development
Sector / Subsector Transport - Road transport (non-urban)
Gender Equity and Mainstreaming Effective gender mainstreaming
Description CAREC Corridor 3 covers almost 7,000 km of roads and runs across Central Asia in the north-south direction, linking the Russian Federation to the Persian Gulf. The corridor serves as a main conduit for regional and international trade. The project will complete the corridor's missing link in Tajikistan's territory - the section from Dushanbe to the Uzbekistan border. This will help further reduce transport cost and travel time, and increase regional and transit trade.
Project Rationale and Linkage to Country/Regional Strategy

The project is part of the government's 2010-2011 Public Investment Program and fits with the ADB country partnership strategy for Tajikistan 2010-2014. It is also an integral part of the CAREC transport and trade facilitation strategy and action plan, 2008-2018. The regional dimension is now fully embedded in national planning in Tajikistan.

The road is part of the Central Asia Regional Economic Cooperation (CAREC) Corridor 3 that spans almost 7,000 km from the Russian Federation in the north to the Persian Gulf in the south. The 62-km highway passes through the Gissar Valley and the town of Tursunzade, two major economic areas in Tajikistan. Gissar Valley has the largest agricultural output in the country, producing cotton, grain, fruits, and vegetables. Tursunzade is home to Central Asia's largest aluminum processing plant and several small light industry clusters. Tajikistan depends on this road corridor for investment, job creation, trade and ultimately economic growth and poverty reduction.

Impact Increased national and regional trade, and further economic growth.
Project Outcome
Description of Outcome Improved connectivity and mobility along the Tajikistan sections of CAREC Corridor 3
Progress Toward Outcome Overall implementation progress is on track. Main works on the Dushanbe to Uzbekistan border section have been completed, with only minor works remaining on the Gissar access road. Completion date of 30 June 2015 still holds.
Implementation Progress
Description of Project Outputs

1. Reconstructed and upgraded Dushanbe-Tursunzade-Uzbekistan border road sections of CAREC Corridor 3

2. Improved infrastructure and facilities at the Dusti border crossing point

3. Gender and border communities developed

4. Improved road operations

5. Due diligence report for the ensuing Project

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

A design-and-build civil works contract was awarded on 29 September 2011. Civil works progress remains on track. The contract completion date was extended to 30 June 2015 on account of delays in the approval process of the detailed design and the inclusion of the Gissar Access Road. Overall progress is about 87%.

A variation to the main civil works contract was approved in Dec 2014 to include Gissar Access Road. Construction activities has been initiated.

Goods package of a mobile vehicle scanner was awarded on 16 December 2011. The scanner was delivered to project site in June 2012 and the user acceptance test completed in September 2012. The procurement of weighbridge using shopping procedure concluded on 29 May 2014. Civil works package to improve and extend the buildings at the border post was awarded in July 2012. The original completion date of 11 October 2013 was extended twice to 31 May 2014 on account of additional work. To date, physical works has been completed and is now under defects liability period.

The Government has issued instructions to Barki Tajik to construct distribution line connecting the Dusti border crossing point to a reliable power supply in 2013 and 2014, respectively. The current power supply to the Dusti border crossing point which uses a dedicated existing distribution line has not fully meet the requirements; MOT continues to coordinate closely with relevant agencies to ensure timely completion by June 2015.

Site plan of sidewalks, footpaths, and under-crossings are being prepared and these will be included in the ongoing road civil works contract.

All consultants recruited (1 national consultant and 2 NGOs). Respective inception reports from the two NGOs were submitted in September 2013 and found in order. The national gender consultant submitted the third interim report in December 2014. Activities under the gender action plan are ongoing. Selection committee is in place. 135 recipients have been selected. Arrangements for funds transfer to beneficiaries are being finalized. It is expected that activities will be completed before grant closing in July 2015.

Activities as per the gender action plan are ongoing without any major issues.

The international road maintenance specialist commenced the work on 2 September 2013.

The improvement of MOT website to include information such as current and planned projects, road transport conditions is expected for completion by March 2015.

Local web designer engaged on 1 September 2013 to revise and upgrade MOT website.

The contract management specialist was mobilized in December 2013. The final report on improving contracting modalities, contract processing, and contract performance monitoring has been submitted to MOT in August 2014.

Interim report submitted by the consultant in June 2013. All consultants have completed their assignments and submitted due diligence reports, which were accepted by MOT.

Geographical Location Districts of Republican Subordination
Safeguard Categories
Environment A
Involuntary Resettlement A
Indigenous Peoples C
Summary of Environmental and Social Aspects
Environmental Aspects The project includes the road widening section from the West Gate to Tursunzade (km 5 km 50). The project does not pass through any environmentally sensitive areas. The project executing agency prepared an environmental impact assessment, which ADB disclosed on its website. Significant impacts associated with the project are typical of a road project which includes traffic disruption, traffic noise, vibration, and air quality. Mitigation measures for all impacts are included in, and will be implemented through, the environmental management plan. The design features an improved road surface, which will lessen traffic noise and limit progressive degradation.
Involuntary Resettlement Civil works will entail significant land acquisition and involuntary resettlement impact with about 376 households to be affected because of the road widening. The project executing agency prepared a land acquisition and resettlement plan, which ADB disclosed on its website. The project executing agency will be responsible for meeting all ADB safeguards requirements. ADB will directly select an external reviewer to monitor resettlement and compensation progress, and provide training on safeguards to mitigate potential risks.
Indigenous Peoples The project affects neither indigenous peoples nor vulnerable groups.
Stakeholder Communication, Participation, and Consultation
During Project Design Farmers, entrepreneurs and traders, workers, local communities, central and local governments, nongovernment organizations (NGOs), personnel of public enterprises and state institutions (particularly the aluminum plant), unemployed, pensioners, and others associated with the proposed project area. In addition, President's office; Ministry of Finance; Ministry of Foreign Economic Relations, Investment and Trade; Customs Service Department; Land Committee; Environmental Committee; District Architect; District Committee on Women and Family Affairs; Divisional Roads Office. EBRD, JICA, OSCE, UNODP, USAID, IsDB, Embassy of PRC, and the World Bank were consulted to build multi-stakeholder coalition for the project. All developing partners agree with the importance of the Project.
During Project Implementation Local communities, project affected persons, central and local governments, nongovernment organizations, and others associated with the proposed project area are being consulted as needed from time to time.
Business Opportunities
Consulting Services A suitably qualified international project management consultants will be recruited through international competition
Procurement Two major procurement packages are envisaged for the civil works and one procurement package for goods and equipment. International competitive bidding will be conducted.
Responsible ADB Officer Fergal Trace
Responsible ADB Department Central and West Asia Department
Responsible ADB Division Transport and Communications Division, CWRD
Executing Agencies
Ministry of TransportMT-RT@MAIL.RU14, Aini Street
Dushanbe 734042
Tajikistan
Timetable
Concept Clearance 07 Jun 2010
Fact Finding 13 Aug 2010 to 29 Aug 2010
MRM 27 Sep 2010
Approval 18 Jan 2011
Last Review Mission -
PDS Creation Date 08 Jan 2010
Last PDS Update 13 Mar 2015

Grant 0245-TAJ

Milestones
Approval Signing Date Effectivity Date Closing
Original Revised Actual
18 Jan 2011 20 Jan 2011 19 Feb 2011 31 Jul 2015 30 Nov 2015 -
Financing Plan Grant Utilization
Total (Amount in US$ million) Date ADB Others Net Percentage
Project Cost 154.30 Cumulative Contract Awards
ADB 120.00 18 Jan 2011 102.89 0.00 86%
Counterpart 34.30 Cumulative Disbursements
Cofinancing 0.00 18 Jan 2011 101.25 0.00 84%
Status of Covenants
Category Sector Safeguards Social Financial Economic Others
Rating - - - - - Satisfactory

Safeguard Documents

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Title Document Type Document Date
CAREC Corridor 3 (Dushanbe-Uzbekistan Border) Improvement Project: Resettlement Due Diligence Report Safeguards Due Diligence Reports Jul 2014
CAREC Corridor 3 (Dushanbe-Uzbekistan Border) Improvement Project: Biannual Environmental Monitoring Report (July 2014) Environmental Monitoring Reports Jul 2014
CAREC Corridor 3 (Dushanbe-Uzbekistan Border) Improvement Project: Land Acquisition and Resettlement Plan (Phase 1) Addendum 4 Resettlement Plans May 2014
CAREC Corridor 3 (Dushanbe-Uzbekistan Border) Improvement Project: Initial Environmental Examination Initial Environmental Examination Apr 2014
CAREC Corridor 3 (Dushanbe-Uzbekistan Border) Improvement Project: Biannual Environmental Monitoring Report (December 2013) Environmental Monitoring Reports Dec 2013
CAREC Corridor 3 (Dushanbe-Uzbekistan Border) Improvement Project: External Monitoring Report on Land Acquisition and Resettlement Implementation for Phase II - A Social Monitoring Reports Oct 2013
CAREC Corridor 3 (Dushanbe-Uzbekistan Border) Improvement Project: Biannual Environmental Monitoring Report (July 2013) Environmental Monitoring Reports Jul 2013
CAREC Corridor 3 (Dushanbe-Uzbekistan Border) Improvement Project: Land Acquisition and Resettlement Plan (Phase II) Resettlement Plans May 2013
CAREC Corridor 3 (Dushanbe-Uzbekistan Border) Improvement Project: Biannual Environmental Monitoring Report (December 2012) Environmental Monitoring Reports Dec 2012
CAREC Corridor 3 (Dushanbe-Uzbekistan Border) Improvement Project: External Monitoring Report of the Implementation of Land Acquisition and Resettlement Plan (Phase 1) Addendum 3 Social Monitoring Reports Oct 2012
CAREC Corridor 3 (Dushanbe-Uzbekistan Border) Improvement Project: External Monitoring Report of the Implementation of Land Acquisition and Resettlement Plan (Phase 1) Addendum 2 Social Monitoring Reports Sep 2012
CAREC Corridor 3 (Dushanbe-Uzbekistan Border) Improvement Project: Bi-annual Environmental Monitoring Report (August 2012) Environmental Monitoring Reports Aug 2012
CAREC Corridor 3 (Dushanbe-Uzbekistan Border) Improvement Project: Land Acquisition and Resettlement Plan (Phase 1) Addendum 3 Resettlement Plans Aug 2012
CAREC Corridor 3 (Dushanbe-Uzbekistan Border) Improvement Project: Land Acquisition and Resettlement Plan (Phase 1) Addendum 2 Resettlement Plans Jun 2012
CAREC Corridor 3 (Dushanbe-Uzbekistan Border) Improvement Project: External Monitoring Report on Land Acquisition and Resettlement Implementation for Phase I Social Monitoring Reports Nov 2011
CAREC Corridor 3 (Dushanbe-Uzbekistan Border) Improvement Project: Land Acquisition and Resettlement Plan (Phase 1) Addendum Resettlement Plans Aug 2011
CAREC Corridor 3 (Dushanbe - Uzbekistan Border) Improvement Project: Land Acquisition and Resettlement Plan Resettlement Plans Jun 2011
Республика Таджикистан: Проект по Улучшению ЦАРЭС Коридора 3 (Душанбе – Граница Узбекистана) Environmental Impact Assessments Oct 2010
CAREC Corridor 3 (Dushanbe-Uzbekistan Border) Improvement Project: (Draft) Land Acquisition and Resettlement Plan Resettlement Plans Sep 2010
CAREC Corridor 3 (Dushanbe-Uzbekistan Border) Improvement Project Environmental Impact Assessments Sep 2010

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