Afghanistan: Transport Network Development Investment Program - Tranche 1

Sovereign Project | 44482-022 Status: Approved

Summary

ADB is helping Afghanistan upgrade major sections of its road and railway networks. The first tranche of the program will improve 145 kilometers of roads, and support the operation and maintenance of a new 75-km railway line and additional facilities between Hairatan and Mazar-e-Sharif. It will improve management of the transport sector and deliver a revised national road and rail transport plan.

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Project Name Transport Network Development Investment Program - Tranche 1
Project Number 44482-022
Country Afghanistan
Project Status Approved
Project Type / Modality of Assistance Grant
Source of Funding / Amount
Grant 0261-AFG: Transport Network Development Investment Program - Tranche 1
Asian Development Fund US$ 189.00 million
Grant 0262-AFG: Transport Network Development Investment Program - Tranche 1
Afghanistan Infrastructure Trust Fund US$ 33.00 million
Strategic Agendas Inclusive economic growth
Regional integration
Drivers of Change Governance and capacity development
Partnerships
Sector / Subsector

Transport - Road transport (non-urban) - Transport policies and institutional development

Gender Equity and Mainstreaming No gender elements
Description The proposed Project will promote regional cooperation and integration and improved access to social and economic opportunities in Afghanistan. It will increase connectivity, efficiency and effectiveness of land transport. The outputs under tranche 1 includes 145 km of improved road sections: (i) 50 km between Bagram Sapary road, (ii) 51 km between Jabul Saraj Nijrab, and (iii) 44 km between Faizabad Beharak. Tranche 1 will also support the Railway Project O&M contract, including additional project facilities and equipment to ensure its efficiency. The capacity component will deliver a new governance needs assessment; a revised national road and rail transport plan; assistance to the rail authority and a detailed feasibility study and design work for the new Mazar-e-Sharif to Andkhoy railway.
Project Rationale and Linkage to Country/Regional Strategy The proposed investment program will rehabilitate and expand major sections of Afghanistan's road and railway networks. The investments, physical and nonphysical in nature, will add to those already being supported by the Asian Development Bank (ADB) and other development partners. The aim is to further improve domestic and regional connectivity while widening access to social and economic opportunities. The effort will facilitate investment into key strategic industries, including mining and related services. The result will be growth, jobs, welfare and trade. Providing better links from Central Asia to markets in the south, east, and west will generate transit fees but also new business opportunities to companies across Afghanistan. The road network is incomplete, mostly in bad shape, and the railway network is in its infancy. Capital outlays in both networks will cut transport costs, increase competitiveness, and raise productivity. A modern and efficient multimode system reduces poverty, and contributes to inclusive economic growth and stability.
Impact Increased trade and jobs in the project areas
Project Outcome
Description of Outcome Increased movement of goods and services and better connectivity for people and businesses in the project areas
Progress Toward Outcome All civil works and supervision consultant contracts awarded. Work is ongoing on all three subprojects (Bagarmi-Sapari 69.88%, Jabulseraj-Nejrab 57.81% and Faizabad-Baharak 46.40%). Outcome achievement will be delayed due to delays in project implementation.
Implementation Progress
Description of Project Outputs

145 km (Bagramy-Sapary, Jabul Saraj-Nijrab; and Faizabad-Beharak sections) of reconstructed, rehabilitated, and appropriately maintained roads

Operation and maintenance of 75 km of new railway line, loops and stations between Hairatan and Mazar-e-Sharif

Strengthened capacity of MPW

Improved transport sector governance.

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

i) Bagramy-Sapary: Overall progress is 69.88%. The contractors variation order no. 2 including time extension has been approved in August 2014. Progress has been slow due to security threat. Several follow up meetings have been held with the new minister and this problem is expected to be resolved by end of Q3 2015.

(ii) Jabul Saraj-Nijrab: Overall progress is 57.81%. The bridge design issue has been resolved. Land acquisition and resettlement problem is resolved and compensation is approved and being paid to the affected people. Problematic section should be accessible to contractor by Sep 2015. Civil work and supervision consultant contracts were extended to November 2015 and 31 Dec 2015 respectively.

(iii) Faizabad-Beharak: Overall progress is 46.40%. The main reason for slow progress is cutting of hard rock cutting along the road alignment. Civil work and supervision consultant contracts were extended to June 2016 and 30 Sep 2016 respectively.

Ongoing

Progressing: A total of 38 staff have been trained by the operator on Railway Operation until Aug 2015.

Yearly targets are being met. For the year 2011 and 2012 the transported goods were increased to 4 million tons, however in 2013 the transported goods were only 2.7 million tons against 3.2 million tons by 2013

MPW and ARDS are jointly handling procurement of civil works and consultant recruitment.

The Capacity Building Consultant is recruited, mobalized and the inception report is submitted.

On going

No action taken.

Actions ongoing, but delayed. Cabinet on 12 August 2013 approved the establishment of the Road Authority and the Road Fund.

Completed. Established on 24 September 2012.

Under process

The first draft prepared, reviewed by ministry of Justice, comments from ministry of Justice is being incorporated

On going

Technical assistance for master plan is approved and recruitment of consultant is ongoing.

Geographical Location Kabul(kabul),Balkh(Mazarisharif),Badakshan (Faizabad),Kapisa (Mahmoodraqi),Nangarhar (Jalalabad)
Safeguard Categories
Environment B
Involuntary Resettlement A
Indigenous Peoples C
Summary of Environmental and Social Aspects
Environmental Aspects The environmental impacts of Project 1 are insignificant and limited to the construction phase and can be minimized by adequate mitigation measures in an environmental management plan (EMP) included in the IEEs. The IEEs have been disclosed to the public.
Involuntary Resettlement Land acquisition and resettlement plans (LARPs) for Project 1 were prepared and will be implemented. The LARPs have been disclosed to the public.
Indigenous Peoples The constitutional categorizations of Afghans expected to be negatively affected by the investment program include no indigenous peoples.
Stakeholder Communication, Participation, and Consultation
During Project Design Consultations were conducted with local people and the benefits of improving land transport infrastructure under the investment program were explained. Consultations were open for all to share and exchange views, ideas and experiences. The main issues discussed were affected land, prices of land, the compensation process, and employment opportunities for the local people (both skilled and unskilled). A qualitative social and gender analysis (focus group discussion and key informant interviews etc with women and men in the program areas and CSO) is planned to be conducted under Project 1.
During Project Implementation Public consultation will continue as a means to achieve maximum beneficiary buy-in during implementation.
Business Opportunities
Consulting Services All consultants ADB finances will be recruited under ADBs Guidelines on the Use of Consultants (2010, as amended) and the procurement plans for each of the Programs tranche projects.
Procurement Procurement of goods, civil works, and related services ADB finances will follow ADB's Procurement Guidelines (2010, as amended from time to time). Procurement plans will be developed for each tranche project under the Program. International competitive bidding (ICB) will be used for civil works over $3 million and goods and services over $1 million. National competitive bidding (NCB) for civil works can be conducted for contracts not exceeding $1 million.
Responsible ADB Officer Witoon Tawisook
Responsible ADB Department Central and West Asia Department
Responsible ADB Division Afghanistan Resident Mission
Executing Agencies
Ministry of Public Works
First Macrorayan, Kabul,Islamic Republic
of Afghanistan
Timetable
Concept Clearance 10 May 2011
Fact Finding 27 May 2011 to 08 Jun 2011
MRM 26 Jul 2011
Approval 12 Oct 2011
Last Review Mission -
Last PDS Update 08 Sep 2015

Grant 0261-AFG

Milestones
Approval Signing Date Effectivity Date Closing
Original Revised Actual
12 Oct 2011 19 Oct 2011 31 Oct 2011 31 Dec 2017 - -
Financing Plan Grant Utilization
Total (Amount in US$ million) Date ADB Others Net Percentage
Project Cost 199.00 Cumulative Contract Awards
ADB 189.00 12 Oct 2011 168.60 0.00 89%
Counterpart 10.00 Cumulative Disbursements
Cofinancing 0.00 12 Oct 2011 110.47 0.00 58%
Status of Covenants
Category Sector Safeguards Social Financial Economic Others
Rating Satisfactory Satisfactory - - - Satisfactory

Grant 0262-AFG

Milestones
Approval Signing Date Effectivity Date Closing
Original Revised Actual
12 Oct 2011 19 Oct 2011 31 Oct 2011 30 Jun 2015 30 Jun 2017 -
Financing Plan Grant Utilization
Total (Amount in US$ million) Date ADB Others Net Percentage
Project Cost 33.00 Cumulative Contract Awards
ADB 0.00 12 Oct 2011 0.00 32.00 94%
Counterpart 0.00 Cumulative Disbursements
Cofinancing 33.00 12 Oct 2011 0.00 32.00 94%

Safeguard Documents

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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
Transport Network Development Investment Program - Tranche 1: JabulSaraj-Nijrab Road Project LARP Corrective Action Plan Resettlement Plans Dec 2015
Transport Network Development Investment Program - Tranche 1: Bagramy-Sapary, Faizabad-Baharak, Jabulseraj-Nejrab Subprojects Social Monitoring Report (January-June 2015) Social Monitoring Reports Nov 2015
Transport Network Development Investment Program: Jabul Saraj–Nijrab Road Environmental Monitoring Report (January–June 2015) Environmental Monitoring Reports Jun 2015
Transport Network Development Investment Program - Tranche 1: Faizabad-Baharak Road Project - Resettlement Plan Resettlement Plans Jun 2015
Transport Network Development Investment Program - Tranche 1: Bagramy-Saparay Road Project Social Monitoring Report (July-December 2014) Social Monitoring Reports Apr 2015
Transport Network Development Investment Program - Tranche 1: Faizabad-Beharak Road Project Social Monitoring Report (July-December 2014) Social Monitoring Reports Apr 2015
Transport Network Development Investment Program - Tranche 1: JabalSiraj-Nijrab Road Project Social Monitoring Report (July-December 2014) Social Monitoring Reports Apr 2015
Transport Network Development Investment Program: Jabul Saraj–Nijrab Road Environmental Monitoring Report (July-December 2014) Environmental Monitoring Reports Dec 2014
Transport Network Development Investment Program - Tranche 1: Bagramy-Sapary Road Project Resettlement Plan Resettlement Plans Dec 2014
Transport Network Development Investment Program - Tranche 1: JabulSaraj-Nijrab Road Project Resettlement Plans May 2014
Transport Network Development Investment Program: Jabul Seraj-Nijrab Road Environmental Monitoring Reports Oct 2012
Transport Network Development Investment Program: Bagrami-Sapari Road Environmental Monitoring Reports Oct 2012

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