Bangladesh: Subregional Transport Project Preparatory Facility

Sovereign Project | 44142-013

Summary

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.

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Project Name Subregional Transport Project Preparatory Facility
Project Number 44142-013
Country Bangladesh
Project Status Approved
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
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
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, Detailed Design, and Tendering Services for the 7 Subprojects are ongoing and are making progress. Data collection for all 7 Subporjects has been substantially completed. Overall physical and financial progress progress of all packages are 75.8% and 66.40%, respectively.

Road Component: Two consulting firms have been engaged to prepare feasibility study and detailed design of about 1,762 km of roads on subregional trade corridors. The first package of 931 km of roads was completed in January 2015, while the other package of 831 km will be completed by June 2015. The feasibility study and detailed design for 70 km of roads has been used by the SASEC Road Connectivity Project. As part of the consultancy assignment, the consultans will prepare bidding documents for all roads, including the 70 km of roads for the SASEC Road Connectivity Project.

A consulting firm was engaged from December 2012 to December 2013 for the capacity development of RHD. The recommendations of priority actions have been adopted by the government and are being implemented under the capacity development component of SASEC Road Connectivity Project.

Geographical Location Bangladesh
Safeguard Categories
Environment C
Involuntary Resettlement C
Indigenous Peoples C
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

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 ADB Officer Chen Chen
Responsible ADB Department South Asia Department
Responsible ADB Division Transport and Communications Division, SARD
Executing Agencies
Roads and Highways DepartmentBlock A, Room 122, Sarak Bhaban
Ramna, Dhaka
Bangladesh
Bangladesh Railway (BR)JBRLPCON@CITECHCO.NETRailway Div., Ministry of Communication
Rail Bhavan, Abdul Gani Road
Dhaka, Bangladesh
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 06 Mar 2015

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 31 Dec 2015 -
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 21.75 0.00 98%
Counterpart 0.00 Cumulative Disbursements
Cofinancing 0.00 03 Nov 2010 18.55 0.00 84%

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