Armenia: Sustainable Urban Development Investment Program - Tranche 2

Sovereign Project | 42417-033 Status: Approved

Summary

The national government and YM have invested more than $280 million from 2005 to 2014 in upgrading infrastructure. But these investments, except for Tranche 1 of the Investment Program and some other piecemeal actions, are only addressing immediate problems. Tranche 1 and the proposed Tranche 2 will give a long-term approach to the traffic and urban infrastructure by diverting traffic from the city center through the creation of a new, reliable, and efficient bypass of the city of Yerevan. This is part of the strategic framework for urban renewal that YM has undertaken. The project is backed by a roadmap, policy framework, and long-term investment plan until 2025 split into short, medium, and long-term actions.

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External Monitoring Agency 12 May 2016

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Project Name Sustainable Urban Development Investment Program - Tranche 2
Project Number 42417-033
Country Armenia
Project Status Approved
Project Type / Modality of Assistance Loan
Source of Funding / Amount
Loan 3293-ARM: Sustainable Urban Development Investment Program - Tranche 2
Ordinary capital resources US$ 112.97 million
Strategic Agendas Environmentally sustainable growth
Inclusive economic growth
Drivers of Change Governance and capacity development
Partnerships
Sector / Subsector

Transport - Urban roads and traffic management

Gender Equity and Mainstreaming Some gender elements
Description The national government and YM have invested more than $280 million from 2005 to 2014 in upgrading infrastructure. But these investments, except for Tranche 1 of the Investment Program and some other piecemeal actions, are only addressing immediate problems. Tranche 1 and the proposed Tranche 2 will give a long-term approach to the traffic and urban infrastructure by diverting traffic from the city center through the creation of a new, reliable, and efficient bypass of the city of Yerevan. This is part of the strategic framework for urban renewal that YM has undertaken. The project is backed by a roadmap, policy framework, and long-term investment plan until 2025 split into short, medium, and long-term actions.
Project Rationale and Linkage to Country/Regional Strategy

The turbulent conditions experienced by Armenia since independence has led to a wide range of problems in the urban transport subsector, including physical challenges due to the degraded state of the road network, sidewalks, and poor quality of public transport infrastructure and services including metro, bus and trolleybus. Other non-physical challenges include limited institutional capacity to provide an integrated transport network, a deteriorating road safety record and a lack of passenger information or integrated fares system. Improved urban road and street connections throughout the country is a priority for the government, as it is essential to improving the quality of life, attracting investment, raising productivity and competitiveness, and reducing pollution.

The sector roadmap prepared within the MFF includes a list of actions which aim to deal with different identified issues. These actions are integrated and inter-related projects, in order to implement a coherent development of the urban infrastructure and urban transport network in Yerevan and in subsequent tranches in other municipalities. The different infrastructures are developed in a holistic vision: the key issue is to propose complementary projects for all transport modes, especially road and public transport networks.

Impact improved road traffic safety and enhanced local economy in Yerevan.

Project Outcome

Description of Outcome efficient, reliable, and affordable urban infrastructure and services provided in Yerevan by 2020.
Progress Toward Outcome Too early to assess outcome.
Implementation Progress
Description of Project Outputs

Urban transport infrastructure extended, rehabilitated, and improved in Yerevan

Appropriate institutional capacity strengthened in Yerevan

Skilled and efficient program implementation system established.

Status of Implementation Progress (Outputs, Activities, and Issues) One civil works contract awarded (Yerevan Western Ring Road) in March 2016. Engagement of construction supervision consultant ongoing. Project implementation is on track.
Geographical Location

Safeguard Categories

Environment B
Involuntary Resettlement A
Indigenous Peoples C

Summary of Environmental and Social Aspects

Environmental Aspects Project 2 is categorized B as it will not have significant irreversible environmental impacts during or after construction. Most of the predicted impacts are common during construction such as dust, noise, vibration and other disturbance to residents' livelihood and traffic. YM will require contractors to prepare, and implement the site specific environmental management plans for each subproject in order to implement the environmental impact mitigation requirements of the environmental impact assessment and IEEs, which will also form an integral part of construction contracts. The site specific environmental management plans will be endorsed by the construction supervision consultants, and subsequently reviewed and approved by supervision engineer and YM. The construction supervision consultants will assist YM in monitoring the project's compliance with environmental requirements.
Involuntary Resettlement Tranche 2 has major impact from LARP perspective. The approximate total number of people who will suffer significant impacts (relocation or loss of >10% of productive assets) is more that 200, thus is categorized as Category A. The total number of properties affected is more than 1000. Tranche 2 includes the following areas/LARPs: (i) Argavand-Shirak Road Link which impacts 33 properties; (ii) Babajanyan-Ashtarak Road Link, which includes 3 sections (sections 6-8). The construction of the mentioned road link will have major LARP impact. Based on initial observation about 900 properties will face significant or minor impacts. The YM/PIU and DESC are currently working on development of respective Government decree for initial survey of properties; (iii) Davitashen-Ashtarak Road Link also require resettlement. The initial number of properties related to this road link is close to 100. The YM has already initiated initial survey decree which is pre-condition for commencement of field works, measurements and surveys.
Indigenous Peoples The investment program area does not include communities that may be defined as indigenous peoples under ADB's SPS (2009).
Stakeholder Communication, Participation, and Consultation
During Project Design Consultations will be carried out with all stakeholders during the planning, design and project implementation phases, and will include project affected persons, often excluded groups. Stakeholders, will be informed about the project, entitlements, obligations and compensation procedure for those affected by resettlement. Effective and meaningful communication and information sharing will be ensured.
During Project Implementation During project implementation more detailed consultations will be held, covering safeguards (environment, resettlement), the project, safety, and complaints.

Business Opportunities

Consulting Services A construction supervision consultant will be selected by to oversee the implementation of the works contracts under Project 2.
Procurement As part of the advance procurement, the invitation for bids for the the Argavand -Shirak road link contract package was posted on 10 June 2015 and bid submission was on 7 August 2015. The project implementation unit is currently preparing the bid evaluation report for submission to ADB by the end of October 2015.

Responsible Staff

Responsible ADB Officer Cesar Emilio Llorens Alvarez
Responsible ADB Department Central and West Asia Department
Responsible ADB Division Urban Development and Water Division, CWRD
Executing Agencies
Ministry of Economy
SECRETARIAT@MINECONOMY.AM
5 M. Mkrtchian Street, Yerevan 375010
Armenia

Timetable

Concept Clearance -
Fact Finding -
MRM 25 Jun 2015
Approval 29 Sep 2015
Last Review Mission -
Last PDS Update 31 Mar 2016

Loan 3293-ARM

Milestones
Approval Signing Date Effectivity Date Closing
Original Revised Actual
29 Sep 2015 13 Oct 2015 04 Mar 2016 30 Mar 2020 - -
Financing Plan Loan Utilization
Total (Amount in US$ million) Date ADB Others Net Percentage
Project Cost 150.31 Cumulative Contract Awards
ADB 112.97 29 Sep 2015 19.94 0.00 18%
Counterpart 37.34 Cumulative Disbursements
Cofinancing 0.00 29 Sep 2015 5.65 0.00 5%

Safeguard Documents See also: Safeguards

Safeguard documents provided at the time of project/facility approval may also be found in the list of linked documents provided with the Report and Recommendation of the President.

Title Document Type Document Date
Sustainable Urban Development Investment Program - Tranches 1 and 2: Argavand-Shirak Section Land Acquisition and Resettlement Plan Compliance Report Social Compliance Audit Report Feb 2016
Sustainable Urban Development Investment Program - Tranches 1 and 2: Social Monitoring Report (July-December 2015) Social Monitoring Reports Jan 2016
Sustainable Urban Development Investment Program - Tranches 1 and 2: Social Monitoring Report (January-June 2015) Social Monitoring Reports Jul 2015
Sustainable Urban Development Investment Program - Tranche 2: Construction of Road Links of the Yerevan Western Ring Road: Road Link for Davitashen-Ashtarak Highway Initial Environmental Examination Initial Environmental Examination May 2015
Sustainable Urban Development Investment Program - Tranche 2: Argavand - Shirak Road Link Resettlement Plan Resettlement Plans May 2015
Sustainable Urban Development Investment Program - Tranche 2: Design of Road Links of the Yerevan Western Ring Road Environmental Assessment and Review Framework Environmental Assessment and Review Framework Mar 2015
Sustainable Urban Development Investment Program - Tranche 2: Construction of Road Links of the Yerevan Western Ring Road Initial Environmental Examination Initial Environmental Examination Mar 2015
Sustainable Urban Development Investment Program - Tranche 2: Design of Road Links of the Yerevan Western Ring Road Resettlement Plan Resettlement Plans Oct 2014
Sustainable Urban Development Investment Program - Tranche 2: Construction of Road Links of the Yerevan Western Ring Road: Road Link 3-Argavand Junction Initial Environmental Examination Initial Environmental Examination May 2014

Evaluation Documents See also: Independent Evaluation

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