Afghanistan: Railway Development Study

Sovereign Project | 42533-012

Summary

The study will focus on the northern part of Afghanistan and will assess the long-term traffic demand and the sector's capacity, review available options, and develop recommendations for the Government. The TA will carry out technical, social, environmental, financial, and economic assessments for two major routes: (i) from Hairatan at the border with Uzbekistan to Herat in the west via Mazar-e-Sharif, and (ii) from Shirkhan Bendar at the border with Tajikistan via Kunduz to Naibabad joining Mazar-e-Sharif to Herat.

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Project Name Railway Development Study
Project Number 42533-012
Country Afghanistan
Project Status Closed
Project Type / Modality of Assistance Technical Assistance
Source of Funding / Amount
TA 7259-AFG: Railway Development Study
Technical Assistance Special Fund US$ 1.20 million
TA 7259-AFG: Railway Development Study (Supplementary)
Technical Assistance Special Fund US$ 700,000.00
Strategic Agendas Inclusive economic growth
Regional integration
Drivers of Change Governance and capacity development
Sector / Subsector

Transport - Rail transport (non-urban)

Gender Equity and Mainstreaming Effective gender mainstreaming
Description The study will focus on the northern part of Afghanistan and will assess the long-term traffic demand and the sector's capacity, review available options, and develop recommendations for the Government. The TA will carry out technical, social, environmental, financial, and economic assessments for two major routes: (i) from Hairatan at the border with Uzbekistan to Herat in the west via Mazar-e-Sharif, and (ii) from Shirkhan Bendar at the border with Tajikistan via Kunduz to Naibabad joining Mazar-e-Sharif to Herat.
Project Rationale and Linkage to Country/Regional Strategy The TA is linked to the Central Asia Regional Economic Cooperation (CAREC) Transport and Trade Facilitation Strategy, endorsed at the 6th Ministerial Conference in November 2007. The implementation Action Plan for the strategy endorsed at the 7th Ministerial Conference in November 2008 focuses on the development of the six CAREC corridors and prioritizes investments and technical assistance (TA) projects covering a 10-year period of 2008 2017. The TA is included in the Action Plan (Appendix 3) for Afghanistan.
Impact Contribution to sustainable economic growth and poverty reduction in the country as well as to regional cooperation and integration by facilitating intra- and interregional trade along the CAREC transport corridors 3 and 6. It will enhance Afghanistan's economic competitiveness and provide all-year accessibility to its neighbors.
Project Outcome
Description of Outcome Development of an affordable, safe, efficient, and sustainable railway system in the northern region of Afghanistan.
Progress Toward Outcome Phase 1 study completed and resulted in a Project.
Implementation Progress
Description of Project Outputs Study on railway development in the northern part of Afghanistan undertaken.
Status of Implementation Progress (Outputs, Activities, and Issues)

Phase II study completed and phase III is in progress

TA final report with phase I and II studies submitted

Geographical Location Northern part of Afghanistan.
Summary of Environmental and Social Aspects
Environmental Aspects
Involuntary Resettlement
Indigenous Peoples
Stakeholder Communication, Participation, and Consultation
During Project Design
During Project Implementation
Business Opportunities
Consulting Services The TA require a total of 66 person-months of consultants' inputs (22 person-months international and 44 person-months national). ADB will select and engage the consultants in accordance with its Guidelines on the Use of Consultants (2007, as amended from time to time), using the quality- and cost-based selection (QCBS) method and simplified technical proposal procedures.
Responsible ADB Officer Balabhaskara Reddy Bathula
Responsible ADB Department Central and West Asia Department
Responsible ADB Division Transport and Communications Division, CWRD
Executing Agencies
Ministry of Public Works Abdul Qudus HamidiMinistry of Public Works, Kabul
Timetable
Concept Clearance 10 Dec 2008
Fact Finding 11 Mar 2009 to 25 Mar 2009
MRM -
Approval 27 Mar 2009
Last Review Mission -
PDS Creation Date 16 Dec 2008
Last PDS Update 21 Feb 2011

TA 7259-AFG

Milestones
Approval Signing Date Effectivity Date Closing
Original Revised Actual
27 Mar 2009 21 Apr 2009 21 Apr 2009 30 Apr 2010 30 Apr 2011 -
Financing Plan/TA Utilization Cumulative Disbursements
ADB Cofinancing Counterpart Total Date Amount
Gov Beneficiaries Project Sponsor Others
1,900,000.00 0.00 60,000.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 1,960,000.00 27 Mar 2009 1,575,206.32
Title Document Type Document Date
Railway Development Study TA Completion Reports Aug 2011
Railway Development Study Consultants' Reports May 2010
Railway Development Study Technical Assistance Reports Mar 2009

Safeguard Documents

See also: Safeguards
Title Document Type Document Date
Hairatan to Mazar-e-Sharif Railway Development Project Environmental Assessment and Measures Aug 2009

Evaluation Documents

See also: Independent Evaluation

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