Bangladesh: Road Safety Improvement Programs

Sovereign Project | 45019-001

Summary

The TA is designed to achieve the intended outcome through advisory support, on-the-job training, and knowledge transfer to RHD and BRTA staff by a team of experts with international and national qualifications, and through specific, time-bound, and measurable outputs, including (i) road safety diagnosis, (ii) road safety programs on selected high-risk corridors, (iii) strengthening of the road safety management capacity of RHD and BRTA, (iv) development of road safety policies and business procedures to incorporate road safety into the lifecycle of roads, (v) sustainable funding arrangements for road safety, (vi) nationwide road safety improvement programs, and (vii) a draft DMF for a subsequent standalone road safety investment project.

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Project Name Road Safety Improvement Programs
Project Number 45019-001
Country Bangladesh
Project Status Closed
Project Type / Modality of Assistance Technical Assistance
Source of Funding / Amount
TA 7840-BAN: Road Safety Improvement Programs
Technical Assistance Special Fund US$ 600,000.00
Strategic Agendas Inclusive economic growth
Drivers of Change Governance and capacity development
Sector / Subsector Transport - Road transport (non-urban)
Gender Equity and Mainstreaming
Description The TA is designed to achieve the intended outcome through advisory support, on-the-job training, and knowledge transfer to RHD and BRTA staff by a team of experts with international and national qualifications, and through specific, time-bound, and measurable outputs, including (i) road safety diagnosis, (ii) road safety programs on selected high-risk corridors, (iii) strengthening of the road safety management capacity of RHD and BRTA, (iv) development of road safety policies and business procedures to incorporate road safety into the lifecycle of roads, (v) sustainable funding arrangements for road safety, (vi) nationwide road safety improvement programs, and (vii) a draft DMF for a subsequent standalone road safety investment project.
Project Rationale and Linkage to Country/Regional Strategy

The situation in Bangladesh with respect to road safety is alarming. According to official statistics, road accidents kill an average of about 4,000 people and injure about 5,000 every year. Other figures are even higher: estimates that account for underreporting suggest actual fatalities could be 10,000 12,000 per year, while the World Health Organization estimates that the actual number may be around 20,000. It is estimated that the annual national loss related to road casualties is about Tk50 billion (about $715 million), which is nearly 2% of the country's gross domestic product. Based on the official statistics, the fatality rate for Bangladesh is around 70, which is 35 times higher than that in the United States (2.0) and 50 times higher than that in the United Kingdom (1.4). The fatality index is around 60%, the highest among developing countries. With the number of motor vehicles growing at 8% per annum, there is a serious risk that road casualties will increase unless drastic measures are taken.

The long-term impact of the TA will be sustainable and cost-effective improvement of road safety in the country. The immediate outcome will be the preparation for design and implementation of the most urgent and cost-effective road safety programs.

Impact Sustainable and cost effective improvement of road safety in the country
Project Outcome
Description of Outcome The most urgent and cost-effective road safety programs adopted as an integral part of the road safety policy of the Government
Progress Toward Outcome Two major assignments under this TA is successfully completed. Final report of these two had been received and reviewed. Workshops were arranged to disseminate the findings among various stakeholders including government and civil societies. Moreover, five small assignment were included under this TA to further verify the reports and dissemination of reports.
Implementation Progress
Description of Project Outputs

1. Road safety diagnosis completed

2. Road safety programs on selected high risk corridors prepared

3. Road safety management capacity strengthened

4. Road safety policies and developed business procedures incorporated into the lifecycle of roads

5. Sustainable funding arrangements for road safety identified

6. Nationwide road safety improvement programs identified and prepared for further design and implementation

7. Draft DMF for subsequent standalone road safety project prepared

Status of Implementation Progress (Outputs, Activities, and Issues) All output are satisfactorily achieved.
Geographical Location
Summary of Environmental and Social Aspects
Environmental Aspects
Involuntary Resettlement
Indigenous Peoples
Stakeholder Communication, Participation, and Consultation
During Project Design Workshops were arranged and final reports were presented. Open discussions were held with NGO and civil societies in presence of Government officials.
During Project Implementation ADB fielded a fact-finding mission in February 2011, and reached agreement with the government on all aspects of the proposed TA including impact, outcome, outputs, implementation arrangements, cost, financing arrangements, and terms of reference. The concept paper was approved by director general of ADB s South Asia Department on 16 March 2011
Business Opportunities
Consulting Services

Two firms will be engaged:

(i) Firm to conduct all TA tasks except for iRAP assessment: to be engaged using QCBS, $500,000 in ADB financing. International experts will include Road Safety Expert cum Team Leader (6 man months), Road Safety Engineer/Auditor (4 man months). National experts will include Highway Design Engineer cum Deputy Team Leader (6 man months) and Road Safety Expert/Analyst (6 man months). Key deliverables will include Inception Report, Draft Final Report and Final Report along with additional reports on Road Safety Diagnosis and Recommendations; Strengthening Road Safety Management Capacity of RHD; Road Safety Policies and Business Procedures; Road Safety Funding; Road Safety Programs on Selected High Risk Corridors; and on Nationwide Road Safety Improvement Programs.

(ii) iRAP (not-for-profit organization) to conduct iRAP assessment (of around 1000 km of roads): to be engaged using SSS, $100,000 in ADB financing. This component requires an expertise and technology of iRAP which is unique in the market. iRAP has already conducted an assessment on around 300 km in Bangladesh previously and gained necessary experience specific to the country. International experts will include Team Leader (1.2 man months), inspection data coder/rater (0.5 man month) and quality assurance officer (0.3 man month). National experts will include Inspection vehicle specialist (1 man month) and analyst (1 man month). Key deliverable will be Report on Safer Roads Investment Plans for subject roads.

Responsible ADB Officer Mohammad Nazrul Islam
Responsible ADB Department South Asia Department
Responsible ADB Division Bangladesh Resident Mission
Executing Agencies
Ministry of Road Transport and BridgesThe Roads and Highways Department
Dhaka, Bangladesh
Timetable
Concept Clearance 16 Mar 2011
Fact Finding 22 Feb 2011 to 28 Feb 2011
MRM -
Approval 15 Jul 2011
Last Review Mission -
Last PDS Update 30 Sep 2014

TA 7840-BAN

Milestones
Approval Signing Date Effectivity Date Closing
Original Revised Actual
15 Jul 2011 27 Dec 2011 27 Dec 2011 30 Jun 2012 30 Jun 2014 -
Financing Plan/TA Utilization Cumulative Disbursements
ADB Cofinancing Counterpart Total Date Amount
Gov Beneficiaries Project Sponsor Others
600,000.00 0.00 150,000.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 750,000.00 15 Jul 2011 563,164.04
Title Document Type Document Date
Road Safety Improvement Programs - Final Report Consultants' Reports Jun 2013
Bangladesh: How Safe Are Our Roads? Consultants' Reports Jun 2013

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