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Bhutan: Road Network Project II

Evaluation Document | 22 July 2020

The Government of Bhutan asked the assistance of the Asian Development Bank (ADB) to develop and improve existing sections along the east–west road network in the southern region. Bhutan's Department of Roads needed an investment component and a capacity development component. The investment component entailed the upgrading of the existing Manitar–Raidak road to national highway and constructing the four new roads: three national highways (Raidak–Lhamoizingkha, Panbang–Amshingwoong (Nganglam) and Samdrupcholing–Samrang), and a feeder road (Tsebar–MikuriDurung Ri). The Samdrupcholing–Samrang national highway was envisaged to provide access to the border crossing at Samdrup Jongkhar. The project aimed to expand road transport capacity in the southern region—by facilitating efficient and safe transport within the region, with India, and through India to Bangladesh and Nepal. 

This report validates the completion report's assessment of the project. IED overall assessment: Successful.