The primary objectives of the project are to : Facilitate and act as a catalyst for development in the economically deprived southern region of the country, by constructing a new highway linking Colombo with Galle, the provincial capital and Matara; and to produce a sustainable and quantifiable reduction in the country's high road accident rates. The secondary objective is reduction of poverty within the immediate project area, where more than 30 percent of the population is classified as poor, and within the south of the country in general. The Southern Highway component will construct the first two-lane carriageway of an ultimate four - lane, high - capacity, limited - access expressway 128 km in length and an access road between the expressway and Highway A2 near Galle. ADB is financing the sourthern 60 km of the expressway and the Galle access road while JBIC is financing the northern 68 km.
|Project Name||Southern Transport Development|
|Project Type / Modality of Assistance||Loan
|Source of Funding / Amount||
|Strategic Agendas||Inclusive economic growth
|Drivers of Change|
|Sector / Subsector||
Transport - Road transport (non-urban)
|Gender Equity and Mainstreaming|
|Description||The primary objectives of the project are to : Facilitate and act as a catalyst for development in the economically deprived southern region of the country, by constructing a new highway linking Colombo with Galle, the provincial capital and Matara; and to produce a sustainable and quantifiable reduction in the country's high road accident rates. The secondary objective is reduction of poverty within the immediate project area, where more than 30 percent of the population is classified as poor, and within the south of the country in general. The Southern Highway component will construct the first two-lane carriageway of an ultimate four - lane, high - capacity, limited - access expressway 128 km in length and an access road between the expressway and Highway A2 near Galle. ADB is financing the sourthern 60 km of the expressway and the Galle access road while JBIC is financing the northern 68 km. The expressway is being constructed with an asphalt concrete pavement and shoulders, a substantial number of bridges and other drainage structures, and major and minor intersections with other roads. In addition to consultants for design and supervision of construction, financed by ADB and JBIC, the NDF is financing a Management Consultant Team and road safety equipment , and SIDA is financing consultants to implement the road safety component. The project involves significant environmental impacts and resettlement. The project was expected to be implemented over four years from 2002 to 2006 but because of delays is now anticipated to be completed in 2009.|
|Project Rationale and Linkage to Country/Regional Strategy||The road links the central part of the country with the Southern part. Once completed, this road will bring economic and social development to the Southern part of the country.|
Improved socioeconomic conditions in the southern region through improved integration with the country's economic mainstream.
NOTE:There was a major scope change to the original loan and the additional finance loan was mainly processed in 2008 to cover cost overrun resulting from this major change of scope. Originally, the Southern Highway was an access controlled two lane highway and ADB was financed from Kurundugahahathekma to Matara, which is a 60km length. With the major change of scop, the Southern Highway became a four lane accessed control highway. When the additional finance loan was processed, the ADB financed section was reduced to Kurundugahahathekma to Galle which is a 30km length. The balance 30km is financed by the China EXIM bank. These changes in outputs are correctly reflect in the DMF of additional finance loan. As such, it is more logical to use the DMF of the Additional Finance loan for the L1711 as well.
|Description of Outcome||
1. Operation of the highway
2. Increased economic opportunities for residents in the southern region through efficient road connectivity with the capital city and other regions
|Progress Toward Outcome||--|
|Description of Project Outputs||
A four-lane limited access highway from Kottawa to Matara and the Galle access road are operating.
Interchange development area as a growth center
Incomes, employment, and living conditions of affected households are restored or improved
Public awareness campaign on operation and use of the highway
|Status of Implementation Progress (Outputs, Activities, and Issues)||The loan completion date is 31 December 2010. The loan account is kept open to settle the final cliams.|
|Geographical Location||It is south of Colombo running almost parallel to existing A2 highway.|
Summary of Environmental and Social Aspects
|Stakeholder Communication, Participation, and Consultation|
|During Project Design||A community - based assessment undertaken during formulation found that 92 percent of affected - community participants supported the Project. This was confirmed during implementation when 50 households out of 1,300 to be relocated have opposed the Project, especially on the ground that they were not adequetely consulted during adjustments to the highway's alignment during implementation.|
|During Project Implementation||During establishment of the final alignment of expressway after the Project was approved , many affected - people engaged in discussions with the designers, resulting in adjustments to the final alignment. A number of opponents of the project, however, sought remedy through the courts but refused to participate in these discussions.|
|Consulting Services||An international consultant in association with domestic consultants undertook the design of the ADB - assisted section of the expressway: a similar arrangement was undertaken for the JBIC - assisted section. Supervision of construction is being undertaken by two teams of international and domestic consultants, one for the ADB - assisted section and one for the JBIC - assisted section. A Management Consultant has been engaged to assist the Government in managing the two components of the Project, the civil works and the road safety components, and to coordinate the activities and technical standards of the two sections of the expressway financed in parallel by ADB and JBIC. In addition, consultants have been engaged to implement the road safety component of the Project. The consultants are also monitoring mitigation of environmental impacts and resettlement.|
|Procurement||The ADB - financed section of the civil works is being implemented through a single civil works contract procured through international competetive bidding and awarded in accordance with ADB's Guidelines for Procurement. The JBIC - financed section is to be implemented through two civil works contract procured in accordance with JBIC's procurement policies.|
|Responsible ADB Officer||Nanayakkara, Aruna Uddeeptha|
|Responsible ADB Department||South Asia Department|
|Responsible ADB Division||Sri Lanka Resident Mission|
Ministry of Higher Education and Highways
Admiral(Retired) Wasantha Karannagoda
9th Floor, Sethsiripaya, Battaramulla, Sri Lanka Road Development Authority
Mr. Nimal Chandrasiri
3rd Floor, Sethsiripaya, Battaramulla, Sri Lanka
|Concept Clearance||08 Mar 1999|
|Fact Finding||21 Apr 1999 to 07 May 1999|
|MRM||14 Jun 1999|
|Approval||25 Nov 1999|
|Last Review Mission||-|
|PDS Creation Date||02 Feb 2007|
|Last PDS Update||30 May 2011|
|Approval||Signing Date||Effectivity Date||Closing|
|25 Nov 1999||16 Dec 1999||30 Oct 2002||31 Dec 2006||31 Dec 2010||25 Feb 2011|
|Financing Plan||Loan Utilization|
|Total (Amount in US$ million)||Date||ADB||Others||Net Percentage|
|Project Cost||355.90||Cumulative Contract Awards|
|ADB||90.00||25 Nov 1999||94.28||0.00||98%|
|Cofinancing||187.70||25 Nov 1999||95.98||0.00||100%|
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|Title||Document Type||Document Date|
|Southern Transport Development Project||Loan Change in Scope, Amount, and Implementation Arrangements||Feb 2008|
|Proposed Supplementary Loan and Technical Assistance Grant Southern Transport Development Project||Procurement Plans||Jan 2008|
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|Challenges in Implementing Best Practices in Involuntary Resettlement: A Case Study in Sri Lanka||Books||Dec 2016|
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