Nepal: Subregional Transport Enhancement Project

Sovereign Project | 44143-013 Status: Active

Summary

ADB is helping Nepal improve its road network to improve access to remote areas and facilitate cross-border traffic. The project will upgrade about 217.3 kilometers of roads, providing rural communities in the northeast with a north-south link to the east-west highway and enhancing the road capacity of major international trade routes. It will also upgrade and modernize customs clearance systems.

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Project Name Subregional Transport Enhancement Project
Project Number 44143-013
Country Nepal
Project Status Active
Project Type / Modality of Assistance Grant
Loan
Source of Funding / Amount
Grant 0225-NEP: Subregional Transport Enhancement Project
Asian Development Fund US$ 24.50 million
Loan 2685-NEP: Subregional Transport Enhancement Project
Asian Development Fund US$ 24.50 million
Strategic Agendas Inclusive economic growth
Regional integration
Drivers of Change
Sector / Subsector

Transport - Road transport (non-urban)

Gender Equity and Mainstreaming Some gender elements
Description
Project Rationale and Linkage to Country/Regional Strategy
Impact

Project Outcome

Description of Outcome
Progress Toward Outcome The project is being implemented and it would be too early to assess the progress towards the outcome
Implementation Progress
Description of Project Outputs
Status of Implementation Progress (Outputs, Activities, and Issues)

Road Improvement:

2 ICB and 12 NCB contract packges awarded in 2011 and 2 ICB in 2013. Contractors for all packages have been mobilized, and physical progress ranges from 90% to 100%.

A total of 217.3 km road will be upgraded

1. Belbari- Chaurahawa road (48 km)

2. Harkapur-Okhaldhunga road (41 km)

3. Okhaldhunga-Salleri road (58 km)

4. Chainpur-Khandari road (44 km)

5. Bhairahawa Bypass road (4 km)

6. Nepalgunj-Kohalpur road (22.3 km)

Fifteen of sixteen contract packages have been completed as of end February 2016.

Gender, HIV/Aids and anti-trafficking:

Implementation of activities on anti-trafficking, and prevention and control of HIV and child labour have been completed. The activities included i) awareness raising to different stakeholders through workshop consultations, ii) preparation of training and IEC materials and their distribution and dissemination in coordination with locally based government institutions and NGOs, and iii) finalization of HIV/AIDs and anti-trafficking guideline for DOR. The activities benefited large number of community people both women and men, labors, contractors, CBOs including staff of related agencies in the project areas. Participation of the community in awareness training was encouraging and found to increase peoples knowledge on preventive measures to reduce the problems of trafficking and HIV/AIDs and child labor. IEC materials were also adequately used in training and by the community, labors, NGOs and CBOs.

Trade Facilitation:

A contract was signed between the Department of Customs and United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) on 30 December 2014 for implementation of ASYCUDA World under the trade facilitation component. The first milestone payment has been released, inception completed in April, and UNCTAD team mobilized from March 2015.

Procurement process of requirement equipment and software is ongoing for implementation of ASYCUDA World.

Capacity Development:

Three experts (i) Road Engineer; (ii) Asset Management/Maintenance Specialist; and (iii) Project Management Specialist provided training to DOR staff in 2012. The consultants have also prepared manuals for capacity development of road sector institutions.

The consolidated report on the findings and recommendations of the three consultants was submitted to ADB on 4 April 2013.

Geographical Location Salleri-Okhaldunga-Harkapur' Khadbari-Chainpur, Bhairahawa, Nepalgunji-Kohalpur, Belbari-Chauharwa

Safeguard Categories

Environment B
Involuntary Resettlement B
Indigenous Peoples B

Summary of Environmental and Social Aspects

Environmental Aspects

The project is classified "B" in accordance with ADB's Safeguard Policy Statement (2009) and therefore initial environmental examinations (IEEs) were prepared for the six subprojects. DOR has submitted all IEEs for ADB approval, and they are now available to interested stakeholders upon request. Findings of the IEEs indicate that the project is not likely to cause significant adverse environmental impact since no forest areas, wildlife sanctuaries, national parks, biodiversity-critical habitats, or similar eco-sensitive areas will be traversed or lie within the corridors of impact as defined in the environmental assessment. Five subprojects have upgraded existing roads with no additional right of way requirements, and minor alignment changes will be made in conformance with road safety standards. Only the Bhairahawa bypass required a new alignment and conversion of predominantly agricultural lands but given the limited length of less than 3.5 km, this subprojet is not foreseen to generate significant adverse impacts.

Most impacts are likely to occur during construction stage, associated with earth movement, embankment shaping, paving, heavy equipment operation and unpaved-road travel. These impacts are temporary in nature, and mitigating measures have been prepared and regularly monitored by DOR and supervision consultants.

No irreversible, diverse or unprecedented environmental impacts are expected to occur and a further environmental impact assessment is not needed.

Involuntary Resettlement The project is classified "B" in accordance with ADB's Safeguard Policy Statement. It has been developed with a view to minimize land acquisition and involuntary resettlement. Where possible, construction activities will take place within the existing right of way. A census was conducted based on the detailed design. Out of six subprojects, three will have minor land acquisition impacts and no resettlement is envisaged. Resettlement plan was revised for Harkpur - Okhaldhunga and Okhaldhunga - Salleri road sections and implemented accordingly. Semi annual Social Safeguard report is available in web site.
Indigenous Peoples The project is classified "B" in accordance with ADB's Safeguard Policy Statement. Social impact assessments confirmed that indigenous people will not be affected more than the rest of the population and will benefit equally from the socioeconomic opportunities created by the project. A combined indigenous peoples plan and resettlement plan was prepared for three subprojects. Adequate compensation provisions have been made in the combined plan to mitigate the impacts on indigenous peoples.
Stakeholder Communication, Participation, and Consultation
During Project Design Meaningful consultations, held in an atmosphere free of coercion, were conducted to ensure a comprehensive perspective on the project and its impacts, and to ascertain community response to the Project, their needs and demands from the project, an estimate of losses that they would suffer, and steps to mitigate those losses. Social impact assessments confirmed that indigenous people will not be affected more than the rest of the population and will benefit equally from the socioeconomic opportunities created by the Project.
During Project Implementation Consultations will be conducted, if and when necessary.

Business Opportunities

Consulting Services A consulting firm has been recruited using ADB's quality- and cost-based selection procedure in accordance with Guidelines on the Use of Consultants by the Asian Development Bank. It was envisaged that about 60 person-months of international consultants and 1,003 person-months of national consultants will be required for the Project. Consultants will carry out (i) construction supervision of six road sections; and (ii) support the Government in improving the road sector management performance through capacity building of road sector institutions.
Procurement 2 ICB and 12 NCB packages awarded for upgrading of 195 km road. 2 ICB packages for Nepalgunj-Kohalpur road (22.3 km) awarded on 29 March 2013.

Responsible Staff

Responsible ADB Officer Bhupendra Bhatt
Responsible ADB Department South Asia Department
Responsible ADB Division Nepal Resident Mission
Executing Agencies
Ministry of Physical Infrastructure and Transport
HPSHARMA@MELAMCHIWATER.ORG
Singha Durbar
Kathmandu
Nepal

Timetable

Concept Clearance 14 May 2010
Fact Finding 11 Jul 2010 to 22 Jul 2010
MRM 20 Aug 2010
Approval -
Last Review Mission -
PDS Creation Date 03 Jun 2010
Last PDS Update 07 Mar 2016

Grant 0225-NEP

Milestones
Approval Signing Date Effectivity Date Closing
Original Revised Actual
27 Oct 2010 04 Mar 2011 26 Apr 2011 30 Jun 2015 30 Jun 2017 -
Financing Plan Grant Utilization
Total (Amount in US$ million) Date ADB Others Net Percentage
Project Cost 51.40 Cumulative Contract Awards
ADB 24.50 27 Oct 2010 18.78 0.00 85%
Counterpart 26.90 Cumulative Disbursements
Cofinancing 0.00 27 Oct 2010 15.95 0.00 72%

Loan 2685-NEP

Milestones
Approval Signing Date Effectivity Date Closing
Original Revised Actual
27 Oct 2010 04 Mar 2011 26 Apr 2011 30 Jun 2015 30 Jun 2017 -
Financing Plan Loan Utilization
Total (Amount in US$ million) Date ADB Others Net Percentage
Project Cost 24.50 Cumulative Contract Awards
ADB 24.50 27 Oct 2010 14.39 0.00 90%
Counterpart 0.00 Cumulative Disbursements
Cofinancing 0.00 27 Oct 2010 13.26 0.00 83%
Title Document Type Document Date
Subregional Transport Enhancement Project: Project Procurement-Related Review Project Procurement-Related Reviews Oct 2014
Subregional Transport Enhancement Project Procurement Plans Apr 2014
Financing Agreement for Subregional Transport Enhancement Project between Nepal and Asian Development Bank dated 4 March 2011 Financing Agreement Mar 2011
Subregional Transport Enhancement Project Reports and Recommendations of the President Oct 2010
Subregional Transport Enhancement Project Summary Poverty Reduction and Social Strategies Oct 2010
Subregional Transport Enhancement Project Project/Program Administration Manual Sep 2010

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
Subregional Transport Enhancement Project: Environmental Monitoring Report (July-December 2015) Environmental Monitoring Reports Mar 2016
Subregional Transport Enhancement Project: Environmental Monitoring Report (January-June 2015) Environmental Monitoring Reports Jun 2015
Subregional Transport Enhancement Project: Social Safeguard Monitoring Semiannual Report (January-June 2015) Social Monitoring Reports Jun 2015
Subregional Transport Enhancement Project: Social Safeguard Monitoring Semiannual Report (July-December 2014) Social Monitoring Reports Dec 2014
Subregional Transport Enhancement Project: Environmental Monitoring Report (July-December 2014) Environmental Monitoring Reports Dec 2014
Subregional Transport Enhancement Project: Social Safeguard Monitoring Semiannual Report (April - June 2014) Social Monitoring Reports Jul 2014
Subregional Transport Enhancement Project: Environmental Monitoring Report (November 2013 - April 2014) Environmental Monitoring Reports Apr 2014
Subregional Transport Enhancement Project: Okhaldhunga-Salleri Road Resettlement Plan Resettlement Plans Mar 2014
Subregional Transport Enhancement Project: Harkapur-Okhaldhunga Road Resettlement Plan Resettlement Plans Mar 2014
Subregional Transport Enhancement Project: Social Safeguard Monitoring Semiannual Report (September 2013 - February 2014) Social Monitoring Reports Mar 2014
Subregional Transport Enhancement Project: Nepalgunj-Kohalpur Road Resettlement Plans Nov 2012
Subregional Transport Enhancement Project: Upgrading of Nepalgunj - Kohalpur Road Initial Environmental Examination Dec 2011
Subregional Transport Enhancement Project: Bhairawaha Bypass Road Resettlement Plans Aug 2010
Subregional Transport Enhancement Project: Bhairawaha Bypass Road Initial Environmental Examination Aug 2010
Subregional Transport Enhancement Project: Okhaldhunga-Salleri Road Resettlement Plans Aug 2010
Subregional Transport Enhancement Project: Okhaldhunga-Salleri Road Initial Environmental Examination Aug 2010
Subregional Transport Enhancement Project: Harkapur-Okhaldhunga Road Resettlement Plans Aug 2010
Subregional Transport Enhancement Project: Harkapur-Okhaldhunga Road Initial Environmental Examination Aug 2010
Subregional Transport Enhancement Project: Chainpur-Khandbari Road Initial Environmental Examination Aug 2010

Evaluation Documents See also: Independent Evaluation

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