Afghanistan: Transport Network Development Investment Program - Tranche 2

Sovereign Project | 44482-023

Summary

Tranche 2 will finance outputs under both components of the approved MFF:

Component A: Transport Infrastructure Development

a) reconstruction and widening of the approximately 106 kilometer (km) Sapary to Jalalabad Road (the second section of the Kabul to Jalalabad Road), including provision of related design and construction supervision services;

b) rehabilitation of the approximately 32 km Chan-e-Anjir to Gereshk Road, (the second section of the Lashkar Gah to Gereshk Road), including provision of related design and construction supervision services; and

c) reconstruction of the approximately 50 km Sharan to Angoor Ada Road in Paktika, including provision of related design and construction supervision services.

All road infrastructure development projects under Tranche 2 have been designed to include community development and security plans.

Component B: Transport Network Management Capacity Development

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Project Name Transport Network Development Investment Program - Tranche 2
Project Number 44482-023
Country Afghanistan
Project Status Approved
Project Type / Modality of Assistance Grant
Source of Funding / Amount
Grant 0327-AFG: Transport Network Development Investment Program - Tranche 2
Asian Development Fund US$ 149.00 million
Grant 0328-AFG: Transport Network Development Investment Program - Tranche 2
Afghanistan Infrastructure Trust Fund US$ 60.00 million
Afghanistan Infrastructure Trust Fund US$ 27.00 million
Strategic Agendas Inclusive economic growth
Regional integration
Drivers of Change Governance and capacity development
Partnerships
Sector / Subsector Transport - Road transport (non-urban)
Gender Equity and Mainstreaming Some gender elements
Description

Tranche 2 will finance outputs under both components of the approved MFF:

Component A: Transport Infrastructure Development

a) reconstruction and widening of the approximately 106 kilometer (km) Sapary to Jalalabad Road (the second section of the Kabul to Jalalabad Road), including provision of related design and construction supervision services;

b) rehabilitation of the approximately 32 km Chan-e-Anjir to Gereshk Road, (the second section of the Lashkar Gah to Gereshk Road), including provision of related design and construction supervision services; and

c) reconstruction of the approximately 50 km Sharan to Angoor Ada Road in Paktika, including provision of related design and construction supervision services.

All road infrastructure development projects under Tranche 2 have been designed to include community development and security plans.

Component B: Transport Network Management Capacity Development

a) capacity building for the Ministry of Public Works (MPW) including restructuring support based on a revised business plan and design and implementation of an asset management system; and

b) provision of support for project management and investment program implementation to MPW including procurement oversight, construction and contract supervision, safeguard policy and plan preparation and implementation, and feasibility studies to prepare subsequent tranches of the investment program.

Project Rationale and Linkage to Country/Regional Strategy

As planned in the approved facility and linked documents, Tranche 2 of the investment program builds upon the ongoing Tranche 1 subprojects and the complementary efforts of other development partners in the sector to further improve domestic and regional connectivity while widening access to social and economic opportunities. Collectively, the proposed three subprojects involve the reconstruction and upgrading of approximately 188 kilometers (km) of roads, each of which has been previously identified as a priority in the Afghanistan National Development Strategy (ANDS) and subsequent national planning and implementation frameworks.

The rationale for the proposed subprojects include: (i) creating increased capacity for cross border links with Pakistan, which is Afghanistan's largest trading partner; (ii) supporting completion of CAREC Corridors 5 and 6; (iii) completing key national road network radian links between the Ring Road and provincial capitals; and (iv) the dilapidated physical condition of the roads, which impede transport, southern Afghanistan's economy, and regional trade. After years of use and lack of periodic maintenance, the subproject roads are in poor condition beyond repair, thus requiring major rehabilitation. The state of these roads is hindering economic development in the southern provinces, impeding regional trade and the opening of alternative trade routes, and imposing efficiency losses as traffic volumes continue to rise.

In addition to supporting the ANDS, justification of Tranche 2 stems from Afghanistan's strategic geographic center of gravity in the Central Asian region and potential to serve as the nexus between north-south and east-west regional trade corridors. Afghanistan is traversed by three major CAREC corridors, to which the proposed Tranche 2 subprojects support Corridors 5 and 6 providing landlocked Central Asian access to populous commercial centers in South Asia, and major ports in the Persian Gulf and Arabian Sea. An efficient and sustained Afghanistan road network will improve regional connectivity, support increased domestic and international trade, and generate jobs and economic growth. The proposed tranche is consistent with the envisaged outputs, outcomes, and impacts of the investment program and additionally Strategy CAREC 2020 aimed at the development of priority transport routes, increasing trade through transport connectivity, and facilitating cross-border movement of goods.

Impact Better connectivity and efficiency of the southern road network with focus on cross border links to Pakistan.
Project Outcome
Description of Outcome Rehabilitated and reconstructed sections of national and regional highways.
Progress Toward Outcome

Two out of three civil works contracts (Sapary-Jalalabad Road) and (Sharan Angoor Ada) have been awarded. The remaining civil works package , Chah-e-Anjir to Greshk is at bid evaluation stage. The contractor is expected to be awarded by April 2015.

Progress has been slow on Sapary-Jalalabad road project due to weak capacity of the contractor and security situation in project area.

Implementation Progress
Description of Project Outputs

188 km (Sapary-Jalalabad, Sharan-Angoor Ada, and Chan-e-Anjir-Gereshk sections) of reconstructed, rehabilitated, and appropriately maintained national and regional highways.

Strengthened capacity of MPW

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

The civil work contract for Sapary-Jalalabad road was awarded to Xinjiang Beixin Road and Bridge Group Co. Ltd. (PRC) in Dec 2013 and contractor has mobilized and works are ongoing. Security in this area is a significant concern and an initial VO for ADB's no objection has been submitted based on the agreed upon security plan and need for additional resources.

The civil work contract for Sharan Angoor Ada road was awarded to MAB Construction Company Ltd. and Hamid Kandhar Construction Co. JV on 6 December 2014 and the contractor is expected to mobilize by May 2015.

The bid evaluation process for Chah-e-Anjir to Gerreshk civil works package is virtually completed and the contract signing is expected by April 2015.

The consultant contract for pre-feasibility study Bamyan-Kandahar has already been signed and the consultant is expected to mobilize by April 2015.

The three international individual consultants, procurement specialist, resettlement specialist and transport advisor are now on board to provide supports to and strengthen the capacity of the PMO/MPW in their subject areas.

Geographical Location Nangarhar, Helmand, and Paktika provinces
Safeguard Categories
Environment B
Involuntary Resettlement A
Indigenous Peoples C
Summary of Environmental and Social Aspects
Environmental Aspects The road alignments will not pass through an environmentally sensitive areas. The subproject roads have been classified as Category B. Initial environmental examinations for each subproject road have been prepared and approved.
Involuntary Resettlement Draft LARPs have been produced for each road subproject. Each of these LARPs require further work before finalization. Based on the estmated resettlement impacts of one road subproject, Chan-e-Anjir to Gereshk road, in which land acquisition and resettlement is assessed as being significant, Tranche 2 is classified as Category A.
Indigenous Peoples There are no people definable as indigenous people based on ADB's Safeguard Policy Statement (2009) found in Afghanistan as the structure of the state reflects and encompasses the multi-ethnic multi-tribal composition of the national population. In such a situation all ethnic groups fully participate in local socioeconomic processes and none of them could be considered as relatively vulnerable. As such Tranche 2 is classified as Category C.
Stakeholder Communication, Participation, and Consultation
During Project Design Consultations were conducted with local people and the benefits of improving the land transport infrastructure under the investment program were explained. Consultations were open for all to share and exchange views, ideas and experiences.
During Project Implementation Public consultation will continue as a means to achieve maximum beneficiary buy-in during implementation.
Business Opportunities
Consulting Services All consulting services financed under Tranche 2 will be procured in accordance with the Guidelines on The Use of Consultants by Asian Development Bank and Its Borrowers (2010, as amended from time to time).
Procurement Procurement of all civil works, equipment and goods will be undertaken in accordance with ADB's Procurement Guidelines (2010, as amended from time to time).
Responsible ADB Officer Witoon Tawisook
Responsible ADB Department Central and West Asia Department
Responsible ADB Division Afghanistan Resident Mission
Executing Agencies
Ministry of Public WorksFirst Macrorayan, Kabul,Islamic Republic
of Afghanistan
Timetable
Concept Clearance -
Fact Finding -
MRM 22 Nov 2012
Approval 10 Dec 2012
Last Review Mission -
Last PDS Update 18 Mar 2015

Grant 0327-AFG

Milestones
Approval Signing Date Effectivity Date Closing
Original Revised Actual
10 Dec 2012 07 Mar 2013 04 Apr 2013 30 Jun 2017 30 Jun 2019 -
Financing Plan Grant Utilization
Total (Amount in US$ million) Date ADB Others Net Percentage
Project Cost 168.00 Cumulative Contract Awards
ADB 149.00 10 Dec 2012 110.29 0.00 74%
Counterpart 19.00 Cumulative Disbursements
Cofinancing 0.00 10 Dec 2012 11.05 0.00 7%

Grant 0328-AFG

Milestones
Approval Signing Date Effectivity Date Closing
Original Revised Actual
10 Dec 2012 07 Mar 2013 04 Apr 2013 30 Jun 2017 30 Jun 2019 -
Financing Plan Grant Utilization
Total (Amount in US$ million) Date ADB Others Net Percentage
Project Cost 87.00 Cumulative Contract Awards
ADB 0.00 10 Dec 2012 0.00 77.00 89%
Counterpart 0.00 Cumulative Disbursements
Cofinancing 87.00 10 Dec 2012 0.00 18.11 21%

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