Sri Lanka: Northern Road Connectivity Project

Sovereign Project | 42254-013

Summary

The Project is to rehabilitate about 140 kilometers (km) of provincial roads in Northern Province and 170 km of national roads in Northern Province and North Central Province (NPC). The Project will help restore accessibility to essential social services for rural people in NP and improve its nationwide connectivity.

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Project Name Northern Road Connectivity Project
Project Number 42254-013
Country Sri Lanka
Project Status Approved
Project Type / Modality of Assistance Loan
Technical Assistance
Source of Funding / Amount
Loan 2639-SRI: Northern Road Connectivity Project
Ordinary capital resources US$ 130.00 million
Loan 2640-SRI: Northern Road Connectivity Project
Asian Development Fund US$ 24.40 million
TA 7545-SRI: Capacity Development of the Northern Provincial Road Development Department (piggybacked to Northern Road Connectivity Project)
Technical Assistance Special Fund US$ 500,000.00
Loan 2890-SRI: Northern Road Connectivity Project - Additional Financing
Asian Development Fund US$ 68.00 million
Loan 2891-SRI: Northern Road Connectivity Project - Additional Financing
Ordinary capital resources US$ 30.00 million
TA 7545-SRI: Capacity Development of the Northern Provincial Road Development Department (Supplementary)
Technical Assistance Special Fund US$ 1.00 million
Strategic Agendas Inclusive economic growth
Drivers of Change Governance and capacity development
Sector / Subsector Transport - Road transport (non-urban) - Transport policies and institutional development
Gender Equity and Mainstreaming No gender elements
Description The Project is to rehabilitate about 140 kilometers (km) of provincial roads in Northern Province and 170 km of national roads in Northern Province and North Central Province (NPC). The Project will help restore accessibility to essential social services for rural people in NP and improve its nationwide connectivity.
Project Rationale and Linkage to Country/Regional Strategy

For the road sector in Sri Lanka, the end of nearly three decades of civil war in the country's northern and eastern provinces presents special challenges as well as opportunities. The prolonged neglect and underinvestment in the conflict affected region has caused the roads to lie in a state of total disrepair which require immediate and sustained investment. Particularly in the Northern Province (NP), the damage to physical infrastructure was severe and extensive due to the intensity of conflict toward war's end. As the Government is carrying out the resettlement of the displaced population in the region, reestablishment of linkages to social services and markets through robust road network is essential for normal socio-economic activities and civil life to return.

NP's population is about 1.2 million as the 3rd populous province in the country. The poverty level is well below the national average with recorded per capita annual income of 89,907 Sri Lankan Rupees (approximately $810), compared with the national average of 178,783 Sri Lankan Rupees (approximately $1,610).

NP covers an area of 8,844 square meters and its road network includes 1,259 km of national highways, 1,960 km of provincial roads, and approximately 5,400 km of rural roads. The road density is about 1.0 km per square meter, which is among the lowest in the country. Due to neglect and damages sustained during the period of conflict, almost all roads are termed to be in very poor condition.

The mobility between the north and the south is being restored and the Government has started introducing transport services, including the scheduled bus service between Colombo, the country's capital, and Jaffna, the northern provincial capital. However, the condition of national highways, the backbones arterial roads connecting the north and the south, is inadequate, varying from poor to very poor surface conditions. Insufficient investment in rehabilitation and improvement has resulted in low travel speed and poor service. This has discouraged long distance travel to the north and, ultimately, hindered the spread of economic activities and development. Enhancing road connectivity between the north and the south is vital in restoring mobility of people and goods, and will play an important role in integrating the country.

The Project is proposed to rehabilitate about 141 km of provincial roads and 58 km of national highways within NP and improve about 62 km of link national highways in the North Central Province (NCP) including a section of A009 which serves as the backbone arterial highway connecting to south. The Project is timely and targeted - to help restore accessibility to essential social services for rural people in NP and to improve its nation wide connectivity. It will facilitate economic growth and contribute to reducing disparities in Sri Lanka, consistent with the key goals of the Government?s 10-Year Development Framework (10YDF, 2007-2016), which emphasizes equitable growth.

The Project supports the strategic objective established in ADB's Country Strategy and Program (2009-2011): To improve transport system in Sri Lanka, promoting regionally balanced and socially inclusive economic growth. The Project is included in the Country Operations Business Plan, Sri Lanka (2010-2012).

Impact Balanced and inclusive growth in the Northern Province.
Project Outcome
Description of Outcome Improved road connectivity within Northern Province and to the southern region of the country.
Progress Toward Outcome Overall project implementation is satisfactory.
Implementation Progress
Description of Project Outputs

1. National highways are rehabilitated.

2. Provincial roads are rehabilitated and selected bridge links are rehabilitated and replaced.

3. NPRDD's offices are rehabilitated.

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

Construction is completed.

National Road under L2639: Originally there were 10 packages. All original 10 contracts have been completed and three years performance based maintenance is ongoing. There are additional two contract packages from the loan savings. The construction is ongoing for one package while procurement is ongoing for balance one package.

National Road under L2890: All 9 ICB packages contract have been awarded and implementation is ongoing.

Provincial road under L:2640- Originally there were 6 packages. Out of 6 packages, 5 have been completed and one was terminated. There are 3 additional packages including balance work of terminated package. Out of 3, construction is ongoing for one package while balance two package is pending for contract signing.

Provincial road under L:2890-Out of 9 NCB packages, 08 contracts have been awarded and implementation is ongoing. Procurement is ongoing for one remaining package.

Geographical Location North Central Province of Sri Lanka
Safeguard Categories
Environment B
Involuntary Resettlement B
Indigenous Peoples C
Summary of Environmental and Social Aspects
Environmental Aspects

The project is classified as category B. None of the project roads are located inside protected areas or environmentally sensitive areas. Three consolidated Initial Environmental Examination reports together with Environmental Monitoring Plans (EMPs) have been prepared for the national roads, northern provincial roads and north central provincial roads respectively as per ADB's Safeguard Policy Statement (2009). Contract package specific EMPs have also been prepared as part of the detailed design. The requirements of the EMPs and of the conditional clearance provided by the Central Environmental Authority have been incorporated in the bidding documents and included as part of the contracts. Anticipated environmental impacts include minimal removal of trees, occupational health and safety issues, generation of dust, and noise and drainage problems. These are mainly confined to the construction stage and can be addressed through implementation of mitigation measures recommended in the EMP. Initial environmental examinations (IEE) have been carried out, including consultations with communities in the project areas. Details of consultations, feedback received, requirements for further consultation and grievance redress mechanism (GRM) have been included in the IEE report. As required by ADB's Safeguard Policy Statement (2009), the IEE report has been disclosed.

The Environmental and Social Division (ESD) under RDA will coordinate and monitor implementation of the EMP for the national roads. ESD will be supported by an environmental specialist of the Project Implementation Consultant team for onsite monitoring during construction. The PIUs of the NPRDD and NCPRDA respectively will assign one of their staff as the safeguards focal person to coordinate and monitor the implementation of the social and environment safeguards for provincial roads. This focal person will be supported by an environmental specialist of the Project Implementation Consultant team for onsite monitoring and reporting. Training and coordination workshops on environment safeguards and EMP implementation will be conducted for RDA, NPRDD, NCPRDA, and contractors as necessary. Environmental monitoring reports will be prepared annually and submitted to ADB for disclosure on the ADB website, as required by the ADB's Safeguard Policy Statement (2009) for environment category B projects.

Involuntary Resettlement The project is classified as category B for involuntary resettlement. Road improvements are within the existing right-of-way. Limited land acquisition and resettlement will be required on one national highway (AB019). It is estimated 37 households will be affected along the alignment. Majority of these households will experience limited impact, which includes loss of boundary walls, crops, and home gardens. One household will lose more than 10% of their productive assets. Impact will be mitigated, where possible, by reducing the width of the shoulder. If land acquisition requirement is identified along other roads during implementation, the following steps will be taken; (i) assess whether any type of permanent or temporary displacement physical or economic or both will take place because of the project, (ii) formulate and disclose a resettlement plan in consultation with affected peoples and other stakeholders, (iii) obtain necessary approval from government and ADB, and (iv) implement the resettlement plan. The construction activities may proceed, after these requirements are met satisfactorily. A resettlement plan has been prepared in accordance with the ADB's Safeguard Policy Statement (2009), Government of Sri Lanka's Land Acquisition Act of 1950, and National Involuntary Resettlement Policy introduced in 2001.
Indigenous Peoples The Project is not expected to have impacts on indigenous peoples and therefore is categorized as Category C.
Stakeholder Communication, Participation, and Consultation
During Project Design The relevant government institutions have been substantively consulted about the project design, including the National Planning Department of the Ministry of Finance and Planning (MOFP), Ministry of Local Government and Provincial Councils (MLGPC), Ministry of Highways and Road Development (MOHRD) and its Road Development Authority (RDA), and the NPRDD. The consultations have also included members of the Presidential Task Force (PTF), mandated to prepare strategic plans for the rehabilitation and development of economic and social infrastructure of NP. The Project design supports PTF's development program by improving road connectivity within NP and ensuring accessibility to important locations i.e., schools, post offices, public health, and etc. The provincial roads to be improved are based on the list submitted to ADB by the NPRDD, and rationale and criteria used in the selection was discussed. Community participation and consultation are being conducted during the social and environment assessment. Out of 5 districts, clearance of unexploded ordnances is ongoing in 2 districts, and therefore the roads to be covered by the Project are in Mannar, Vavuniya, and Jaffna districts.
During Project Implementation Stakeholder participation and community consultation are continuing during construction and capacity development. Frequent Stream committee meetings are conducted to assess the overall progress (especially the capacity development programs), discuss any concerns, and adapt necessary improvements.
Business Opportunities
Consulting Services Two international firms to be recruited, one for national highways and another for provincial roads.
Procurement

(i) ICB for procurement of works estimated at more than $3M and goods estimated at more than $500,000;

(ii) NCB for works and goods estimated to cost less than thresholds for ICB and more than $100,000;

(iii) Shopping for works and goods estimated at less than $100,000.

Responsible ADB Officer Nissanka Salgado
Responsible ADB Department South Asia Department
Responsible ADB Division Sri Lanka Resident Mission
Executing Agencies
Ministry of Highways9th Floor
Setsiripaya
Battaramulla, Sri Lanka
Ministry of Prov'l Councils & Regional DevelopmentSPRIP@EUREKA.LK330 Union Place, Colombo 2
Sri Lanka
Timetable
Concept Clearance 22 Dec 2009
Fact Finding 03 Feb 2010 to 17 Feb 2010
MRM 23 Mar 2010
Approval 18 Jun 2010
Last Review Mission -
PDS Creation Date 23 Dec 2009
Last PDS Update 23 Mar 2015

Loan 2639-SRI

Milestones
Approval Signing Date Effectivity Date Closing
Original Revised Actual
18 Jun 2010 27 Aug 2010 22 Oct 2010 30 Dec 2015 - -
Financing Plan Loan Utilization
Total (Amount in US$ million) Date ADB Others Net Percentage
Project Cost 140.00 Cumulative Contract Awards
ADB 130.00 18 Jun 2010 128.02 0.00 98%
Counterpart 10.00 Cumulative Disbursements
Cofinancing 0.00 18 Jun 2010 121.13 0.00 93%

Loan 2640-SRI

Milestones
Approval Signing Date Effectivity Date Closing
Original Revised Actual
18 Jun 2010 27 Aug 2010 22 Oct 2010 30 Dec 2015 - -
Financing Plan Loan Utilization
Total (Amount in US$ million) Date ADB Others Net Percentage
Project Cost 24.40 Cumulative Contract Awards
ADB 24.40 18 Jun 2010 23.69 0.00 98%
Counterpart 0.00 Cumulative Disbursements
Cofinancing 0.00 18 Jun 2010 18.75 0.00 78%

Loan 2890-SRI

Milestones
Approval Signing Date Effectivity Date Closing
Original Revised Actual
14 Sep 2012 19 Nov 2012 31 May 2013 30 Jun 2018 - -
Financing Plan Loan Utilization
Total (Amount in US$ million) Date ADB Others Net Percentage
Project Cost 82.80 Cumulative Contract Awards
ADB 68.00 14 Sep 2012 55.57 0.00 85%
Counterpart 14.80 Cumulative Disbursements
Cofinancing 0.00 14 Sep 2012 34.37 0.00 53%

Loan 2891-SRI

Milestones
Approval Signing Date Effectivity Date Closing
Original Revised Actual
14 Sep 2012 19 Nov 2012 31 May 2013 30 Jun 2018 - -
Financing Plan Loan Utilization
Total (Amount in US$ million) Date ADB Others Net Percentage
Project Cost 30.00 Cumulative Contract Awards
ADB 30.00 14 Sep 2012 26.41 0.00 88%
Counterpart 0.00 Cumulative Disbursements
Cofinancing 0.00 14 Sep 2012 16.27 0.00 54%

TA 7545-SRI

Milestones
Approval Signing Date Effectivity Date Closing
Original Revised Actual
18 Jun 2010 05 Nov 2010 05 Nov 2010 31 Dec 2012 31 Dec 2015 -
Financing Plan/TA Utilization Cumulative Disbursements
ADB Cofinancing Counterpart Total Date Amount
Gov Beneficiaries Project Sponsor Others
1,500,000.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 1,500,000.00 18 Jun 2010 1,006,231.34
Status of Covenants
Category Sector Safeguards Social Financial Economic Others
Rating - - - - - Satisfactory
Title Document Type Document Date
Northern Road Connectivity Project - Additional Financing: Procurement Plan Procurement Plans Dec 2014
Northern Road Connectivity Project: Procurement Plan Procurement Plans Nov 2014
Amendment to the Loan Agreement for Loan 2890-SRI(SF): Northern Road Connectivity Project - Additional Financing Loan Agreement (Special Operations) May 2013
Loan Agreement for Northern Road Connectivity Project – Additional Financing Loan Agreement (Ordinary Resources) Nov 2012
Project Agreement for Northern Road Connectivity Project - Additional Financing between ADB and North Central Provincial Council Project/Program Agreement Nov 2012
Project Agreement for Northern Road Connectivity Project - Additional Financing between ADB and Northern Provincial Council Project/Program Agreement Nov 2012
Project Agreement for Northern Road Connectivity Project - Additional Financing between ADB and Road Development Authority Project/Program Agreement Nov 2012
Loan Agreement (Special Operations) for Northern Road Connectivity Project - Additional Financing Loan Agreement (Special Operations) Nov 2012
Northern Road Connectivity Project - Additional Financing Gender Action Plans Aug 2012
Northern Road Connectivity Project - Additional Financing Reports and Recommendations of the President Aug 2012
Northern Road Connectivity Project - Volume 2 (Additional Scope) Project/Program Administration Manual Jun 2012
Loan Agreement for Northern Road Connectivity Project between Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka and Asian Development Bank dated 27 August 2010 Loan Agreement (Ordinary Resources) Aug 2010
Project Agreement for Northern Road Connectivity Project between Asian Development Bank and Northern Provincial Council (NPC) dated 27 August 2010 Project/Program Agreement Aug 2010
Project Agreement for Northern Road Connectivity Project between Asian Development Bank and Road Development Authority dated 27 August 2010 Project/Program Agreement Aug 2010
Loan Agreement for Northern Road Connectivity Project between the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka and Asian Development Bank dated 27 August 2010 Loan Agreement (Special Operations) Aug 2010
Northern Road Connectivity Project Reports and Recommendations of the President May 2010
Northern Road Connectivity Project Summary Poverty Reduction and Social Strategies May 2010
Northern Road Connectivity Project Project/Program Administration Manual Apr 2010

Safeguard Documents

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Title Document Type Document Date
Northern Road Connectivity Project - Additional Financing (National Road Component): Annual Environmental Monitoring Report (January 2014-January 2015) Environmental Monitoring Reports Mar 2015
Northern Road Connectivity Project - Additional Financing (National Road Component): Annual Social Safeguards Report (January-December 2014) Social Monitoring Reports Mar 2015
Northern Road Connectivity Project - Additional Financing (Provincial Component): Annual Environmental Monitoring Report (2014) Environmental Monitoring Reports Jan 2015
Northern Road Connectivity Project (Provincial Component): Annual Environmental Monitoring Report (2014) Environmental Monitoring Reports Dec 2014
Northern Road Connectivity Project (Additional Financing) - Bogahawewa-Pulmuddai Road: Initial Environmental Examination Initial Environmental Examination Oct 2014
Northern Road Connectivity Project (Additional Financing) - Vavuniya-Kebithigollewa-Horowpathana Road: Initial Environmental Examination Initial Environmental Examination Sep 2014
Northern Road Connectivity Project - Mahilankulam-Pallamadhu Road: Social Impact and Resettlement Assessments Social Compliance Audit Report Jul 2014
Northern Road Connectivity Project - Mahilankulam-Pallamadhu Road: Initial Environmental Examination Initial Environmental Examination Jul 2014
Northern Road Connectivity Project - Additional Financing: Vattapalai - Kepppaipilavu - Puthukudiyiruppu Road Resettlement Plan Resettlement Plans Jun 2014
Northern Road Connectivity Project (Additional Financing): Vattapalai - Kepppaipilavu - Puthukudiyiruppu Road Initial Environmental Examination Initial Environmental Examination Jun 2014
Northern Road Connectivity Project - Additional Financing Resettlement Plans Apr 2014
Northern Road Connectivity Project (Provincial Component): Annual Environmental Monitoring Report (2013) Environmental Monitoring Reports Jan 2014
Northern Road Connectivity Project: Social Safeguards Monitoring Report Social Monitoring Reports Dec 2013
Northern Road Connectivity Project - Additional Financing: Social Safeguards Monitoring Report (June-December 2013) Social Monitoring Reports Dec 2013
Northern Road Connectivity Project (Provincial Component): Annual Environmental Monitoring Report (2012) Environmental Monitoring Reports Jan 2013
Northern Road Connectivity Project: B437 Subproject (Vallai–Telippalai–Araly) Resettlement Plans Aug 2012
Northern Road Connectivity Project (Additional Financing): Northern Provincial Roads Initial Environmental Examination Jun 2012
Northern Road Connectivity Project (Additional Financing): North Central Provincial Roads Initial Environmental Examination Jun 2012
Northern Road Connectivity Project: A032 Subproject (Navatkuli–Kerativu Section) Resettlement Plans Jun 2012
Northern Road Connectivity Project - Additional Financing Resettlement Plans Jun 2012
Northern Road Connectivity Project (Additional Financing): National Roads Initial Environmental Examination Jun 2012
Northern Road Connectivity Project: Environmental Monitoring Report: 2011 Semestral Report Environmental Monitoring Reports Jan 2012
Northern Road Connectivity Project: Mankulam - Mullaittivu (A034) Initial Environmental Examination May 2010
Northern Road Connectivity Project: Anuradhapura-Rambewa (A020) Initial Environmental Examination May 2010
Northern Road Connectivity Project: Manipai - Kaithady (B268) Initial Environmental Examination May 2010
Northern Road Connectivity Project: Resettlement Framework Resettlement Frameworks May 2010
Northern Road Connectivity Project: Navathkuli - Karaitivu Jetty (A032) Initial Environmental Examination May 2010
Northern Road Connectivity Project: Vallai - Araly (B437) Initial Environmental Examination May 2010
Northern Road Connectivity Project: Mannar - Vavuniya District Initial Environmental Examination Apr 2010
Northern Road Connectivity Project: Dambulla - Galkulama (A009) Initial Environmental Examination Apr 2010
Northern Road Connectivity Project: Resettlement Framework Resettlement Frameworks Mar 2010

Evaluation Documents

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