Bangladesh: Subregional Transport Project Preparatory Facility

Sovereign Project | 44142-013 Status: Active

Summary

ADB is helping Bangladesh prepare prepare railway and road projects that are earmarked for financing under the South Asia Subregional Economic Cooperation Program. The project will fund feasibility studies, detailed design preparation, procurement assistance, and safeguard implementation. It will focus on priority transport corridors that will help enhance regional cooperation and integration.

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Project Name Subregional Transport Project Preparatory Facility
Project Number 44142-013
Country Bangladesh
Project Status Active
Project Type / Modality of Assistance Loan
Source of Funding / Amount
Loan 2688-BAN: Subregional Transport Project Preparatory Facility
Asian Development Fund US$ 23.00 million
Loan 3295-BAN: Subregional Transport Project Preparatory Facility - Additional Financing
Asian Development Fund US$ 30.00 million
Strategic Agendas Inclusive economic growth
Regional integration
Drivers of Change
Sector / Subsector

Transport - Rail transport (non-urban) - Road transport (non-urban)

Gender Equity and Mainstreaming Some gender elements
Description The proposed technical assistance loan will provide the facility to prepare a series of regional cooperation and integration (RCI) transport projects in roads and railways. The loan will ensure the projects are ready for implementation by providing funding for feasibility studies, detailed design preparation, procurement assistance, and safeguard implementation. The focus will be on priority transport corridors identified in the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) Regional Multimodal Transport Study. Transport corridors linking with the Bay of Bengal Initiative for Multi-Sectoral Technical and Economic Cooperation (BIMSTEC) countries--such as the Asian Highway Network and the Trans-Asia Rail Network--will also be targeted. While the facility will cover 8% of Bangladesh's major roads and 12% of its railways, development of these corridors would complete the subregional land transport network, which will stimulate both subregional trade and the Bangladesh economy.
Project Rationale and Linkage to Country/Regional Strategy

Bangladesh has the potential to become a transport and transshipment center for the subregion. It borders India and Myanmar and is geographically close to Bhutan, Nepal, and Kunming--the key transportation hub in southwest People's Republic of China (PRC). With the opening of the Bhangabandhu Bridge over the Jamuna River (the Jamuna Multipurpose Bridge) and the proposed development of the Padma Bridge, the Dhaka-Chittagong transport corridor and other strategic transport corridors can facilitate trade between Bangladesh and the northeastern states of India, the Indian state of West Bengal, Bhutan, and Nepal, thereby attracting more foreign and domestic investment to the country.

While overall trade in Bangladesh has increased since economic liberalization in 1980's and its acceleration in 1990's, exports to East Asia (6.8%) and South Asia (1.6%) continue to account for a small share of overall trade. A 2008 Asian Development Bank (ADB) study identified weak trade-related infrastructure and poor connectivity are one of the more serious impediments to expansion of trade and investment among countries, in addition to a narrow export base and few complementarities with other countries in the region. Another study--the BIMSTEC Transport Infrastructure and Logistics Study--determined that improved transport infrastructure and improved access to modern transport systems are the keys to enhancing RCI in Bangladesh.

Because of its location, Bangladesh plays a key role in RCI. The SAARC Regional Multimodal Transport Study identified priority corridors among SAARC countries. Six out of 10 priority road corridors and two out of five priority rail corridors go through Bangladesh. Bangladesh also has two of the priority ports (Chittagong and Mongla) providing international gateways for international trade. Bangladesh requires massive investment to improve infrastructure along these priority corridors. Such investment would not only contribute to the development of Bangladesh's own economy, but would also contribute heavily to increasing subregional trade.

Impact Increased subregional trade

Project Outcome

Description of Outcome Improved efficiency in implementing RCI transport projects and facilitating cross-border traffic in Bangladesh
Progress Toward Outcome

Rail Component: Feasibility study for the 7 subprojects and detailed design for 3 subprojects have been completed, support of the EA during bidding is ongoing.

Road Component: The feasibility study and detailed design for Package 1 and 2 have been completed. Capacity development for RHD to enhance efficiency and governance has also been completed. One road investment project prepared under the facility was approved in 2012 with increased project readiness.

Implementation Progress
Description of Project Outputs

(1) Feasibility study, if required, and detailed design of RCI transport projects

(2) Implementation support to RCI transport projects

(3) Capacity development support to the RHD

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

Rail Component: Feasibility study for the 7 subprojects and detailed design for 3 subprojects have been completed, support of the EA during bidding is ongoing.

Road Component: The feasibility study and detailed design for Package 1 and 2 have been completed.

Geographical Location Bangladesh

Safeguard Categories

Environment C
Involuntary Resettlement C
Indigenous Peoples C

Summary of Environmental and Social Aspects

Environmental Aspects As the facility supports project preparation, it is not expected to have any adverse environmental consequences. However, the proposed facility will ensure development of environmentally viable investment loans.
Involuntary Resettlement As the facility supports project preparation, it is not expected to have any adverse effect on social issues and is not expected to have any impact on involuntary resettlement; resettlement plans will be prepared for the sub-projects prepared under the proposed facility.
Indigenous Peoples As the facility supports project preparation, it is not expected to have any adverse effect on indigenous people; if required, indigenous people plans will be prepared for sub-projects under the facility.
Stakeholder Communication, Participation, and Consultation
During Project Design TA consultants will have direct consultations/interactions with stakeholders using participatory approaches at the local and line Ministry levels. A communication strategy will be formulated for the Facility which will include gaps identified from the communication needs assessment.
During Project Implementation Communication strategy formulated by TA consultants during project preparation.

Business Opportunities

Consulting Services

All consultants will be recruited according to ADB's Guidelines on the Use of Consultants. Consulting firms will be engaged using the quality- and cost-based selection (QCBS) method with a standard quality:cost ratio of 90:10.

For feasibility study and detailed design:

(i) Road ( 2 packages) - 68 person-months of international inputs and 412 person-months of national inputs

(ii) Railways (1 package) - 260 person-months of international and 882 of national inputs

For safeguards implementation (2 packages): 10 national experts/ 240 person-months

For capacity development for RHD (1 package): 5 international consultants for 19 months and 6 national consultants for 39 months

Procurement All procurement of goods and works will be undertaken in accordance with ADB's Procurement Guidelines.

Responsible Staff

Responsible ADB Officer Chen Chen
Responsible ADB Department South Asia Department
Responsible ADB Division Transport and Communications Division, SARD
Executing Agencies
Roads and Highways Department
Block A, Room 122, Sarak Bhaban
Ramna, Dhaka
Bangladesh
Bangladesh Railway (BR)
16 Abdul Gani Road
Bangladesh Railway, Rail Bhaban,
Dhaka, Bangladesk

Timetable

Concept Clearance 01 May 2010
Fact Finding 17 May 2010 to 28 May 2010
MRM 19 Aug 2010
Approval 03 Nov 2010
Last Review Mission -
PDS Creation Date 03 Jun 2010
Last PDS Update 30 Mar 2016

Loan 2688-BAN

Milestones
Approval Signing Date Effectivity Date Closing
Original Revised Actual
03 Nov 2010 23 Jun 2011 21 Jul 2011 31 Dec 2013 30 Jun 2016 -
Financing Plan Loan Utilization
Total (Amount in US$ million) Date ADB Others Net Percentage
Project Cost 23.00 Cumulative Contract Awards
ADB 23.00 03 Nov 2010 21.73 0.00 98%
Counterpart 0.00 Cumulative Disbursements
Cofinancing 0.00 03 Nov 2010 19.61 0.00 89%

Loan 3295-BAN

Milestones
Approval Signing Date Effectivity Date Closing
Original Revised Actual
28 Sep 2015 26 Oct 2015 08 Dec 2015 30 Jun 2022 - -
Financing Plan Loan Utilization
Total (Amount in US$ million) Date ADB Others Net Percentage
Project Cost 36.00 Cumulative Contract Awards
ADB 30.00 28 Sep 2015 0.00 0.00 0%
Counterpart 6.00 Cumulative Disbursements
Cofinancing 0.00 28 Sep 2015 0.00 0.00 0%

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