49042-004: Central Asia Regional Economic Cooperation Corridors 2, 5, and 6 (Dushanbe–Kurgonteppa) Road Project | Asian Development Bank

Tajikistan: Central Asia Regional Economic Cooperation Corridors 2, 5, and 6 (Dushanbe–Kurgonteppa) Road Project

Sovereign (Public) Project | 49042-004 Status: Active

The project will improve the connectivity between the capital Dushanbe and Kurgonteppa, which are two major cities and economic hubs in Tajikistan. The road is a strategic north -south link, and one of the most heavily traveled roads in the country, as well as the confluence of CAREC corridors 2, 5, and 6. The project will upgrade an approximately

33-kilometer (km) road section between Dushanbe and Chashmasoron, improve facilities and safety along and in the vicinity of this road section, strengthen the institutional capacity of the Ministry of Transport (MOT), and complete procurement readiness for the next section of the road to be improved.

Project Details

Project Officer
Bouhmad, Kamel Central and West Asia Department Request for information
Country
  • Tajikistan
Modality
  • Grant
  • Loan
Sector
  • Transport
 
Project Name Central Asia Regional Economic Cooperation Corridors 2, 5, and 6 (Dushanbe–Kurgonteppa) Road Project
Project Number 49042-004
Country Tajikistan
Project Status Active
Project Type / Modality of Assistance Grant
Loan
Source of Funding / Amount
Grant 0509-TAJ: Central Asia Regional Economic Cooperation Corridors 2, 5, and 6 (Dushanbe Kurgonteppa) Road Project
concessional ordinary capital resources lending / Asian Development Fund US$ 15.80 million
Grant 0510-TAJ: Central Asia Regional Economic Cooperation Corridors 2, 5, and 6 (Dushanbe Kurgonteppa) Road Project
Clean Energy Fund under the Clean Energy Financing Partnership Facility US$ 2.00 million
Loan 3451-TAJ: Central Asia Regional Economic Cooperation Corridors 2, 5, and 6 (Dushanbe Kurgonteppa) Road Project
concessional ordinary capital resources lending / Asian Development Fund US$ 49.40 million
Loan: Central Asia Regional Economic Cooperation Corridors 2, 5, and 6 (Dushanbe Kurgonteppa) Road Project
OPEC Fund for International Development US$ 12.00 million
Strategic Agendas Environmentally sustainable growth
Inclusive economic growth
Regional integration
Drivers of Change Gender Equity and Mainstreaming
Governance and capacity development
Knowledge solutions
Partnerships
Sector / Subsector

Transport / Road transport (non-urban)

Gender Equity and Mainstreaming Some gender elements
Description

The project will improve the connectivity between the capital Dushanbe and Kurgonteppa, which are two major cities and economic hubs in Tajikistan. The road is a strategic north -south link, and one of the most heavily traveled roads in the country, as well as the confluence of CAREC corridors 2, 5, and 6. The project will upgrade an approximately

33-kilometer (km) road section between Dushanbe and Chashmasoron, improve facilities and safety along and in the vicinity of this road section, strengthen the institutional capacity of the Ministry of Transport (MOT), and complete procurement readiness for the next section of the road to be improved.

Project Rationale and Linkage to Country/Regional Strategy

Regional integration and transport infrastructure needs. Tajikistan is a landlocked mountainous country in Central Asia bordered by Afghanistan, the People's Republic of China, the Kyrgyz Republic, and Uzbekistan. Despite its strategic location, the country has a gross domestic product per capita of just $1,037, and 35% of the population still lived below the poverty line in 2013. Almost 70% of the population lives in rural areas, in a largely mountainous territory (90%), where only 10% of the land is suitable for cultivation. Tajikistan heavily depends on transport corridors to support investment, job creation, trade, and ultimately economic growth and poverty reduction. The road transport sector suffers from low quality, long travel times, and poor reliability, which hinder the country's economic growth. Four CAREC regional corridors (2, 3, 5, and 6) cross parts of Tajikistan, offering a great opportunity for Tajikistan to enhance its connectivity and trade competitiveness.

Inadequate road connectivity, efficiency, and safety. The 27,000 kilometers (km) road network was largely constructed before the 1970s, and the rapid increase of traffic in some arterial roads is intensifying pressure on aging transport infrastructure. Tajikistan has limited links to neighboring countries, especially Afghanistan and the People's Republic of China. The overall condition of the road network is relatively poor, which is due in part to the initial poor design and quality of construction, as well as inadequate subsequent maintenance of pavements and structures. Funding for routine and periodic road maintenance has increased steadily from TJS30.3 million in 2009 to TJS60.5 million in 2016. Yet, there is a funding gap to meet network needs. The lack of a road asset management system compounds the problem, thus the need to optimize the allocation of funds based on needs and functions. The road safety record in Tajikistan is dismal despite its low level of vehicle ownership (about 50 vehicles per 1,000 people). The World Health Organization estimates that there were 1,543 fatalities in 2013, which corresponds to 18.8 fatalities per 100,000 people. The transport system needs to be planned and operated to reduce road safety crashes. A better road asset management is needed to maintain the network in good serviceable condition and provide a reliable service throughout the year to support Tajikistan's internal and external trade competitiveness.

Road sector achievements and lessons. The road network under MOT jurisdiction totals 13,968 km, comprising 3,178 km of international roads (23%), 2,120 km of national roads (15%), and 8,670 km of local roads (62%). The backbone of Tajikistan's national road network has been largely improved with assistance from the Asian Development Bank (ADB) and other development partners. ADB investments in the transport sector improved about 810 km of CAREC roads and 350 km of rural roads, introduced pilot projects on performance-based maintenance, raised awareness regarding road safety, and reduced cross-border barriers. Lessons from previous projects were incorporated into the design of this project, including giving specific attention to project readiness, and developing systems and capacity regarding financial management, road safety, and road asset management.

Government sector strategy and plans. The development of the transport sector is guided by the government's National Development Strategy and the Transport Sector Master Plan, and implemented through the State Program on Transport Sector Development, 2010-2025. The Transport Sector Master Plan, developed with ADB assistance, is the basis for the government's strategic sector planning; as such it provides a framework for coordination among government bodies and development partners. The State Program on Transport Sector Development includes a list of short-, medium-, and long-term investments that is regularly reviewed and updated.

Impact

Strategic pillar on promotion of economic growth

CAREC program's strategic goal of establishing competitive corridors across the CAREC region

Project Outcome
Description of Outcome Improved efficiency and safer movement of goods and people on selected sections of the Dushanbe-Kurgonteppa road
Progress Toward Outcome Indicator will be measured after road completion.
Implementation Progress
Description of Project Outputs

Improved road conditions, facilities, and safety along, and in the vicinity of the project road

Strengthened MOT institutional capacity in terms of financial management, road safety, and road asset management

Completed procurement readiness for the next road section to be improved

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

Road construction is expected to commence in Q4 2017.

Capacity development activities are on-going.

Bidding documents are being prepared as scheduled.

Geographical Location Dushanbe, Kurgan-Tyube
Safeguard Categories
Environment B
Involuntary Resettlement B
Indigenous Peoples C
Summary of Environmental and Social Aspects
Environmental Aspects The project is classified category B for environmental impacts. An initial environmental examination and an environmental management plan (EMP) had been prepared for the project and were disclosed on the ADB website, in accordance with the ADB Safeguard Policy Statement. Public consultations were conducted during initial environmental examination preparation, and involved people from roadside villages, nongovernment organizations, and other project stakeholders. The environmental assessment established that the project will have site-specific environmental impacts related to air and water pollution, noise and vibration, soil erosion, loss of roadside trees, relocation of utilities, and traffic disruption during the construction stage. Adequate mitigation measures are included in, and will be implemented through, the EMP. The project design incorporates measures for preserving community cohesion such as improved road crossings, access to public facilities, and access of agricultural machinery to fields and livestock to pastures.
Involuntary Resettlement The project is classified category B for involuntary resettlement impacts. Due to the linear design and limited number of agricultural plots located along the project road, the impacts will not be significant. A land acquisition and resettlement plan (LARP) had been prepared to mitigate and address all the associated losses in accordance with the ADB Safeguard Policy Statement (2009) and relevant national legislation, and disclosed on the ADB website. Consultations with the project stakeholders and displaced persons were undertaken in the course of LARP preparation, and will continue throughout implementation. If modification of the LARP is required, or additional land requirement or involuntary resettlement impacts identified, the LARP will be updated in accordance with applicable laws, and ADB approval obtained prior to any further implementation. All displaced people will receive compensation in accordance with the LARP provisions. The land will be made free of encumbrances in sections prior to commencement of construction. A grievance redress mechanism is in place in accordance with the LARP to assist affected persons in resolving grievances and complaints. The MOT will submit semiannual safeguards monitoring reports to ADB for review and disclosure.
Indigenous Peoples There are no indigenous peoples, as defined in the ADB Safeguard Policy Statement, in the project area, and thus the project is classified category C for indigenous peoples impacts.
Stakeholder Communication, Participation, and Consultation
During Project Design Consultations and meetings had been held during feasibility stage to collect stakeholders views and reflect them into the project design as appropriate
During Project Implementation Consultations and meetings will be held throughout implementation to ensure that stakeholders views are adequately considered during project implementation.
Business Opportunities
Consulting Services The civil works contract will be supervised by the PMCSC, which will be the Engineer for the contract as defined in the contract documentation. The scope of the PMCSC services will include design review, construction supervision, environment and resettlement monitoring, road safety audits, financial management support, and advance procurement activities for the proposed subsequent project. Two individual consultants will be recruited to support the PIURR in procuring the solar power systems. All consultants will be engaged in accordance with ADB's Guidelines on the Use of Consultants (2013, as amended from time to time).
Procurement The RAMS framework, the preliminary engineering design, and the procurement documentation preparation for the project are being undertaken through a project preparatory technical assistance (PPTA). The improvement of the project road will be implemented through one civil works contract and one contract for supply of goods. Both contracts will be procured following the international competitive bidding procedures set out in ADB's Procurement Guidelines (2015, as amended from time-to-time).
Responsible ADB Officer Bouhmad, Kamel
Responsible ADB Department Central and West Asia Department
Responsible ADB Division Transport and Communications Division, CWRD
Executing Agencies
Ministry of Transport
[email protected]
14, Aini Street
Dushanbe 734042
Tajikistan
Timetable
Concept Clearance 21 Aug 2015
Fact Finding 27 Jun 2016 to 08 Jul 2016
MRM 01 Sep 2016
Approval 31 Oct 2016
Last Review Mission -
Last PDS Update 27 Sep 2017

Grant 0509-TAJ

Milestones
Approval Signing Date Effectivity Date Closing
Original Revised Actual
31 Oct 2016 15 Nov 2016 26 May 2017 30 Sep 2021 - -
Financing Plan Grant Utilization
Total (Amount in US$ million) Date ADB Others Net Percentage
Project Cost 15.80 Cumulative Contract Awards
ADB 15.80 31 Oct 2016 15.80 0.00 100%
Counterpart 0.00 Cumulative Disbursements
Cofinancing 0.00 31 Oct 2016 0.00 0.00 0%

Grant 0510-TAJ

Milestones
Approval Signing Date Effectivity Date Closing
Original Revised Actual
31 Oct 2016 15 Nov 2016 26 May 2017 30 Sep 2021 - -
Financing Plan Grant Utilization
Total (Amount in US$ million) Date ADB Others Net Percentage
Project Cost 2.00 Cumulative Contract Awards
ADB 0.00 31 Oct 2016 0.00 0.00 0%
Counterpart 0.00 Cumulative Disbursements
Cofinancing 2.00 31 Oct 2016 0.00 0.00 0%

Loan 3451-TAJ

Milestones
Approval Signing Date Effectivity Date Closing
Original Revised Actual
31 Oct 2016 15 Nov 2016 26 May 2017 30 Sep 2021 - -
Financing Plan Loan Utilization
Total (Amount in US$ million) Date ADB Others Net Percentage
Project Cost 78.60 Cumulative Contract Awards
ADB 49.40 31 Oct 2016 26.47 0.00 53%
Counterpart 17.20 Cumulative Disbursements
Cofinancing 12.00 31 Oct 2016 0.45 0.00 1%

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Tenders

Tender Title Type Status Posting Date Deadline
49042-TAJ: CAREC Corridors 2, 5, and 6 (Dushanbe–Kurgonteppa) Road Project Advance Notice Archived 02 Sep 2016

Contracts Awarded

Contract Title Approval Number Contract Date Contractor Contractor Address Executing Agency Contract Description Total Contract Amount (US$) Contract Amount Financed by ADB (US$)
Project Management and Contract Supervision Consultant Loan 3451 27 Jul 2017 Kocks Consult GMBH Germany with Subconsultant Stegemannstr 32-28, 56058 Koblenz, Germany Ministry of Transport Consulting Services 3961250 3961250