The Asian Development Bank is working with Sri Lanka to build a new southern highway linking Colombo with Galle and to reduce road accidents. The project links Colombo to the capital of Southern Province, and Matara. This is reducing poverty in the southern part of the country.
|Project Name||Southern Transport Development Project (Supplementary Financing)|
|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||No gender elements|
|Description||The primary objectives of the Project are to (i) facilitate and act as a catalyst for development in the economically deprived southern region by constructing a new southern highway linking Colombo with Galle, the capital of Southern Province, and Matara; and (ii) produce a sustainable and quantifiable reduction in the country's very high road accident rate. The secondary objective is poverty reduction within the immediate project area, where more than 30% of the population is classified as poor, and within the south of the country generally.|
|Project Rationale and Linkage to Country/Regional Strategy||
The Project is one of the Government's priority projects. Traffic volume between the southern areas of the country and Colombo has increased significantly; travel time between Matara and Colombo is about 4-5 hours. The completion of Southern Highway will significantly reduce travel time and lead to effective movement to and from the southern areas to Colombo. This improved connectivity will contribute to increased economic activities.
The Project has experienced cost overruns, especially due to increases in civil work costs. Contributing factors include (i) price escalation due to delay in completing land acquisition and associated litigations, (ii) undetermined geotechnical and soil conditions, and (iii) increase in value-added tax. Implementation delays due to safeguard compliance issues resulted in delayed handover of the site to the contractor and increased the cost of consulting services, mainly because of the additional time required to supervise construction works.
The original Project covers construction of the first two-lanes of an ultimate four-lane highway. However, a six-lane right-of-way was prepared and acquired. The design study indicates that to maintain the service of an intercity highway, the Project will need to be upgraded to four lanes after 2010. This means that upgrading needs to start now.
The expansion to a four-lane highway is justifiable based on the following grounds: (i) traffic demand; (ii) resource savings when the four-lane construction is undertaken simultaneously with finalizing the two-lane construction; (iii) continuity of the four-lane highway from Kottawa to Matara; and (iv) improved road safety.
The proposed activities and components under the supplementary loan are consistent with Government and ADB priorities. Physical changes have been assessed along with their impacts in the context of current ADB policies. A review of safeguards compliance and all steps in the matrix of due diligence have been observed. The Project is technically feasible, economically viable, and financially sustainable.
|Impact||Improved socioeconomic conditions in the southern region through improved integration with the country's economic mainstream.|
|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||The Substantial completion certificate was issued on 19 May 2011 for the Civil Work Contract of ADB funded section. Defect notification period was completed in August 2012. The Expressway section from Kottawa to Galle was opened to public on 26 November 2011.|
|Description of Project Outputs||
A four-lane limited access highway from Kottawa to Matara and the Galle access road are operating.
Interchange area developed 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 goverment received allocation from export and import bank of China to finance the balance work from Pinnaduwa to Godagama section of STDP
Four intercahnge development plans have been prepared under TA 7566 and the balance are being prepared by UDA.
The TA is completed.
|Geographical Location||Southern Highway, Sri Lanka|
|Summary of Environmental and Social Aspects|
|Stakeholder Communication, Participation, and Consultation|
|During Project Design|
|During Project Implementation|
Services of the construction supervision consultant funded by the original 1999 loan continueD until February 2008. Thereafter, additional inputs of about 140 person-months of international consulting and 1,040 of national consulting has been recruited under the supplementary loan to supervise civil works in Kurundugahahetekma-Pinnaduwa interchange section and Galle access road.
The original management consultant, financed by the Nordic Development Fund, provided services until the end of 2008. Thereafter, an additional 34 person-months of international consulting and 218 person-months of national consulting has been recruited under the supplementary loan.
The consultants was using quality- and cost-based selection, and single-source selection.
|Procurement||The existing civil works contract was restructured to include four-lane construction with reduced road length of 29.2 km, which is the Kurundugahahetekma-Pinnaduwa interchange section, and approximately 5.6 km of Galle access road.This contract is now completed. The balance of works for the Pinnaduwa interchange-Matara section, including four-lane construction, has procured by following the Government procurement laws and procedures.|
|Responsible ADB Officer||Nanayakkara, Aruna Uddeeptha|
|Responsible ADB Department||South Asia Department|
|Responsible ADB Division||Transport and Communications Division, SARD|
Ministry of Highways and Road Development
Admiral Wasantha Karannagoda
9th Floor, "Sethsiripaya" Battaramulla, Sri Lanka
|Concept Clearance||03 Jul 2006|
|Fact Finding||03 Oct 2006 to 13 Oct 2006|
|MRM||31 Aug 2007|
|Approval||06 Mar 2008|
|Last Review Mission||-|
|PDS Creation Date||13 May 2009|
|Last PDS Update||28 Mar 2013|
|Approval||Signing Date||Effectivity Date||Closing|
|06 Mar 2008||30 Apr 2008||13 Jun 2008||30 Dec 2010||30 Jun 2013||05 Jul 2013|
|Financing Plan||Loan Utilization|
|Total (Amount in US$ million)||Date||ADB||Others||Net Percentage|
|Project Cost||179.10||Cumulative Contract Awards|
|ADB||90.00||06 Mar 2008||90.00||0.00||100%|
|Cofinancing||0.00||06 Mar 2008||90.00||0.00||100%|
|Status of Covenants|
|Approval||Signing Date||Effectivity Date||Closing|
|06 Mar 2008||02 May 2008||02 May 2008||31 May 2009||31 Oct 2009||-|
|Financing Plan/TA Utilization||Cumulative Disbursements|
|300,000.00||0.00||75,000.00||0.00||0.00||0.00||375,000.00||06 Mar 2008||293,103.24|
|Status of Covenants|
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|Title||Document Type||Document Date|
|Southern Transport Development Project||Project/Program Completion Reports||Aug 2014|
|Land Use Planning of the Southern Highway Corridor||TA Completion Reports||Aug 2010|
|Project Agreement for Southern Transport Development Project - Supplementary between Asian Development Bank and Road Development Authority dated 30 April 2008||Project/Program Agreements||Apr 2008|
|Loan Agreement for Southern Transport Development Project - Supplementary between Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka and Asian Development Bank dated 30 April 2008||Loan Agreement (Ordinary Resources)||Apr 2008|
|Southern Transport Development Project||Reports and Recommendations of the President||Feb 2008|
|Proposed Supplementary Loan and Technical Assistance Grant Southern Transport Development Project||Procurement Plans||Jan 2008|
|Southern Transport Development Project (Supplementary Financing Loan)||Design and Monitoring Frameworks||Sep 2007|
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