Kyrgyz Republic: Grant 0153/Loan 2533-KGZ: CAREC Transport Corridor I (Bishkek-Torugart Road) Project 2

Sovereign Project | 42399-013 Status: Closed


ADB is helping the Kyrgyz Republic to continue upgrading a major transport corridor that serves as its main trading link with the People's Republic of China. The second rehabilitation project on the Bishkek-Torugart Road will upgrade 75 kilometers of a two-lane road, build a border control facility, and provide training and skills development for road engineering graduates of local universities.

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Project Name Grant 0153/Loan 2533-KGZ: CAREC Transport Corridor I (Bishkek-Torugart Road) Project 2
Project Number 42399-013
Country Kyrgyz Republic
Project Status Closed
Project Type / Modality of Assistance Grant
Source of Funding / Amount
Grant 0153-KGZ: CAREC Transport Corridor I (Bishkek-Torugart Road) Project 2
Asian Development Fund US$ 22.00 million
Loan 2533-KGZ: CAREC Transport Corridor I (Bishkek-Torugart Road) Project 2
Asian Development Fund US$ 28.00 million
Strategic Agendas Inclusive economic growth
Regional integration
Drivers of Change Governance and capacity development
Sector / Subsector

Transport - Road transport (non-urban)

Gender Equity and Mainstreaming Some gender elements

The CAREC Transport Corridor I (Bishkek-Torugart Road) Project II will continue the rehabilitation work on the section from km 439 to km 476, next to Project I. It will also help the design of remaining sections of the thoroughfare to be completed and the transport sector masterplan to be implemented on time. These would help the government to continue working towards the corridor improvement target of 2013, and the national goals set out in the country development strategy (2007-2010). Additionally, in the longer term, it would contribute to the realization of the CAREC vision.

It has 2 components: The physical component includes rehabilitating 75km of the Bishkek-Torugart Road and constructing a facility for managing international (cross border) passenger and freight movements to and from the PRC. The non-physical component is for implementing the human resource development measures recommended in the transport sector masterplan being prepared under Grant 0123-KGZ.

Project Rationale and Linkage to Country/Regional Strategy The Project will facilitate trade and improve national and regional connectivity. More than 70% of the Kyrgyz Republic's trade is regional-with Kazakhstan, the Russian Federation, and PRC-and 50% moves by road. However, the corridor is in poor condition and vehicles can travel at only an estimated average speed of 50 km per hour, and are frequently interrupted by snow and rain. Rehabilitating the road will increase speed and reliability of passenger and freight flows and create business opportunities in the adjacent area, one of the poorest parts of the country. The investment will also cut transport costs.
Impact Increased regional trade and reduced poverty in Naryn oblast.
Project Outcome
Description of Outcome Higher accessibility and mobility.
Progress Toward Outcome Achievement of outcome to be assessed one year after project implementation.
Implementation Progress
Description of Project Outputs

Improved pavement in 75 km of 2-lane road (km 365 to 400 and km 439 to 479) to Category III standards, and improved bridges and inspections facility (border control)

A development program for road sector professionals implemented according to the human resource development component of the transport sector master plan

Improved pavement in 6 km of 2-lane At-Bashy Road (km 4.2 to km 10.2)

Status of Implementation Progress (Outputs, Activities, and Issues) All project components were completed. Site clean up will be completed in May 2015. Post construction environmental audit will be conducted in May 2015.
Geographical Location Bishkek-Torugart
Safeguard Categories
Environment B
Involuntary Resettlement C
Indigenous Peoples C
Summary of Environmental and Social Aspects
Environmental Aspects Post construction environmental audit will be done in May 2015.
Involuntary Resettlement No resettlement or land acquisition issue is expected.
Indigenous Peoples The population in the project area consisting of 99% Kyrgyz and other nationalities are integrated in the same economic and social structure.
Stakeholder Communication, Participation, and Consultation
During Project Design During the project preparation-feasibility studies, environmental study, and social surveys-the Government, nongovernment organizations, local communities, road users, external aid agencies, and other project stakeholders were asked their needs and expectations. The consultants and ADB's project team explained to them the road alignment, transport services, and the expected impacts and outcomes of the Project. There was a high degree of support from all parties, both private and public, individuals and groups.
During Project Implementation Similar meetings have been held throughout project implementation, and concerns and suggestions were used to improve the project impact.
Business Opportunities
Consulting Services

Supervision consultant of the civil works will also provide training in various aspects of road construction and maintenance for MOTC staff.

A private firm has been recruited to perform annual financial audits of the Project accounts.

Services of national and international individual consultants or international firms will be procured from time to time to assist PIU staff in special circumstances or to handle complex issues.

All consulting services that were financed by ADB have followed ADB's Guidelines on the Use of Consultants.

Procurement Civil works have been packaged into two contracts (Contract 1: km365 to km400 and Contract 2: km439 to km479), which was procured using ICB procedures. These two contracts have been awarded and followed ADB's Procurement Guidelines.
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 Transport and Communications
Mr. K. Mamaev

42 Isanova Street, Bishkek, Kyrgyz republic
Concept Clearance 20 Feb 2009
Fact Finding 24 Feb 2009 to 03 Mar 2009
MRM 27 Apr 2009
Approval 14 Jul 2009
Last Review Mission -
PDS Creation Date 25 Mar 2009
Last PDS Update 18 Mar 2015

Grant 0153-KGZ

Financing Plan Grant Utilization
Total (Amount in US$ million) Date ADB Others Net Percentage
Project Cost 34.50 Cumulative Contract Awards
ADB 22.00 - 0.00 0.00 %
Counterpart 12.50 Cumulative Disbursements
Cofinancing 0.00 - 0.00 0.00 %

Loan 2533-KGZ

Approval Signing Date Effectivity Date Closing
Original Revised Actual
14 Jul 2009 05 Aug 2009 30 Oct 2009 30 Jun 2014 30 Nov 2014 01 Mar 2015
Financing Plan Loan Utilization
Total (Amount in US$ million) Date ADB Others Net Percentage
Project Cost 28.00 Cumulative Contract Awards
ADB 28.00 14 Jul 2009 27.40 0.00 99%
Counterpart 0.00 Cumulative Disbursements
Cofinancing 0.00 14 Jul 2009 27.79 0.00 100%
Status of Covenants
Category Sector Safeguards Social Financial Economic Others
Rating - Satisfactory Satisfactory Satisfactory - Satisfactory

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