Tajikistan: Central Asia Regional Economic Cooperation Corridors 3 and 5 Enhancement Project

Sovereign Project | 46543-002 Status: Approved


ADB is helping Tajikistan upgrade about 175 kilometers of roads that cross two transport corridor routes, linking countries in Central Asia. It will improve road conditions and road safety on the 88-km Sayron Karamyk section of CAREC corridors 3 and 5, and the 87-km Vose Khovaling road. It will also upgrade feeder roads to rural communities, and build solar energy and other public facilities.

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Project Name Central Asia Regional Economic Cooperation Corridors 3 and 5 Enhancement Project
Project Number 46543-002
Country Tajikistan
Project Status Approved
Project Type / Modality of Assistance Grant
Source of Funding / Amount
Grant 0356-TAJ: Central Asia Regional Economic Cooperation Corridors 3 and 5 Enhancement Project
Asian Development Fund US$ 70.00 million
Strategic Agendas Inclusive economic growth
Regional integration
Drivers of Change Governance and capacity development
Sector / Subsector

Transport - Road transport (non-urban)

Gender Equity and Mainstreaming Effective gender mainstreaming
Description The impact of the project will be enhanced regional economic cooperation and inclusive economic growth in Tajikistan. The outcome will be improved regional network (CAREC corridors 3 and 5 and the subnetwork) connectivity. The project outputs will be (i) improved road conditions and enhanced road safety on CAREC corridors 3 and 5 (the Sayron Karamyk road section, 88 km) and the subnetwork (the Vose Khovaling road, 87 km) totaling 175 km; (ii) extended access to local communities through the improvement of rural feeder roads; and (iii) institutional strengthening of project management, contract supervision, and efficient road maintenance.
Project Rationale and Linkage to Country/Regional Strategy

The overlapping portion of CAREC corridors 3 and 5 from the capital Dushanbe to the Karamyk border with the Kyrgyz Republic is a largely two-lane highway of about 340 km. Around 160 km of the road passes along deep riverbanks and is difficult to widen because it is constrained by mountainous topography. Because of the government's limited budget for improving a longer section of road at the time the project was designed in 2006 and the limited traffic forecasted at the time, the design for the Sayron Karamyk section adopted one asphalt concrete layer. Additionally, other rehabilitation work such as rock excavation, drainage, and concrete retaining walls was reduced in quantity because of a lack of funds. The rehabilitation of the section was completed in August 2011. The traffic has since then surged in both volume and axle loading, degrading the pavement condition faster than initially anticipated. There is an imminent need to enhance the Sayron Karamyk section to extend road service life, and improve road safety and maintenance for better serviceability. Moreover, because the traffic capacity on CAREC corridors 3 and 5 is likely to be realized earlier than expected, the connectivity and capacity of the subnetwork will need improving.

The Vose Khovaling Tavildara road extends the first ADB-assisted road in Tajikistan, starting at AH66 and connecting through the Darband Tavildara Kalaikhumb road to CAREC corridors 3 and 5. This road was categorized as a republican (national) road during the Soviet era but has seriously deteriorated because of prolonged inadequate maintenance and recent flood damage, causing transport difficulty and safety concerns. The government has prioritized rehabilitating the Vose Khovaling road, with the Khovaling Tavildara road to follow. Improvements to this stretch of road will (i) cut travel time almost in half from the Kyrgyz border to Khatlon; (ii) open a new trade corridor in the most populous region in Tajikistan; (iii) provide easier access to southern markets; and (iv) enhance economic connections with CAREC corridors 3 and 5, AH66, and Afghanistan and beyond.

Impact Enhanced regional economic cooperation and inclusive economic growth in Tajikistan.
Project Outcome
Description of Outcome Improved regional network (CAREC Corridors 3 and 5 and the sub-network) connectivity
Progress Toward Outcome Overall project implementation remains on track in the context of achieving the project outcome and outputs.
Implementation Progress
Description of Project Outputs

Improved road conditions and enhanced road safety on CAREC corridors 3 and 5 and the subnetwork

Extended access to local communities

Institutional strengthening

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

As of May 2015, civil works progress on Vose-Khovaling Road is behind schedule at 30% against planned 40%. Delay was due in part to increased volumes of works. Mobilization was behind schedule due in part to difficulties in securing visas for workers from PRC. Measures have been agreed with contractor and engineer to speed up implementation.

Invitation for bid for Solar PV facilities issued on 4 Feb 2015. Evaluation of bids is ongoing. Contract expected to be awarded by Q4 2015.

$900,000 has been allocated for local road improvements. It was agreed during the review mission in May that SMEC would produce a due diligence report to support decision-making process.

Bidding documents for solar power installations approved. IFB posted in ADB website on 4 February 2015. ADB approved extension of the deadline until 20 April. Bids were opened on 20 April. Evaluation of bids is currently ongoing.

The performance-based road maintenance contracts will be procured with government own funds upon completion of road rehabilitation. No activity started yet in this regard.

Detailed engineering design is underway. Road safety audit will follow subsequently.

EA has recruited seven project implementation staff covering road engineering, bridge engineering, financial management, road safety, resettlement, and project management corresponding to the project implementation plan.

Geographical Location Khatlon region,Dushanbe region
Safeguard Categories
Environment B
Involuntary Resettlement B
Indigenous Peoples C
Summary of Environmental and Social Aspects
Environmental Aspects The roads will not pass through any environmentally sensitive area and rehabilitation activities will be contained within the existing ROW. The project is anticipated to have site-specific environmental impacts.
Involuntary Resettlement Limited IR impacts might occur in terms of impacts on agricultural land plot, residential fences structures, and business establishment.
Indigenous Peoples No impact on indigenous people or ethnic minorities in the project areas are envisaged since all activities will be limited to the existing ROW.
Stakeholder Communication, Participation, and Consultation
During Project Design Consultations with community-based organizations, local governments and communities, and project affected people were held during project processing.
During Project Implementation Meetings with community-based organizations, local governments and communities, project affected people, and/or NGOs will be held from time to time during project implementation.
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Consulting Services

An international firm will be recruited in accordance with ADB's Guidelines on the Use of Consultants (2013, as amended from time to time) to (i) help the PIU supervise project implementation, (ii) provide hands-on training in project management and reporting, and (iii) improve institutional capacity in road safety management and promote community road safety awareness.

Request For Proposal for consulting services was sent out to short-listed firms in August 2013.


All procurement financed under the ADB grant will follow international competitive bidding and/or national competitive bidding procedures pursuant to ADB's Procurement Guidelines (2013, as amended from time to time) and ADB's prior review.

The Invitation for Bidding for Vose-Khovaling road works was issued in July 2013.

Responsible ADB Officer Farrukh Nuriddinov
Responsible ADB Department Central and West Asia Department
Responsible ADB Division Transport and Communications Division, CWRD
Executing Agencies
Ministry of Transport
14, Aini Street
Dushanbe 734042
Concept Clearance 29 May 2013
Fact Finding 23 May 2013 to 05 Jun 2013
MRM 17 Jul 2013
Approval 19 Sep 2013
Last Review Mission -
Last PDS Update 16 Sep 2015

Grant 0356-TAJ

Approval Signing Date Effectivity Date Closing
Original Revised Actual
19 Sep 2013 07 Oct 2013 07 Jan 2014 31 Oct 2017 - -
Financing Plan Grant Utilization
Total (Amount in US$ million) Date ADB Others Net Percentage
Project Cost 89.00 Cumulative Contract Awards
ADB 70.00 19 Sep 2013 46.33 0.00 66%
Counterpart 19.00 Cumulative Disbursements
Cofinancing 0.00 19 Sep 2013 32.45 0.00 46%

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