The objective of the Project is to improve transport efficiency on the trunk road network and accessibility in rural areas, which will contribute both to expansion of economic opportunities and poverty reduction. This objective will be achieved through (i) improving and shortening a major north-south highway (136 km), (ii) constructing feeder roads (102 km), (iii) enhancing DOR's capacity of road asset management and road safety audit, and (iv) facilitating private sector participation in the domestic contracting industry.
average daily vehicle-kilometers using roads built or upgraded in the first full year of operation
kilometers of road that have been built or upgraded
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|Project Name||Road Network|
|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 objective of the Project is to improve transport efficiency on the trunk road network and accessibility in rural areas, which will contribute both to expansion of economic opportunities and poverty reduction. This objective will be achieved through (i) improving and shortening a major north-south highway (136 km), (ii) constructing feeder roads (102 km), (iii) enhancing DOR's capacity of road asset management and road safety audit, and (iv) facilitating private sector participation in the domestic contracting industry.|
|Project Rationale and Linkage to Country/Regional Strategy||The country strategy and program update for Bhutan identified transport development as a key requirement for poverty reduction. The Government recognizes the importance of an efficient, reliable road network in a landlocked country. Expansion of feeder roads is one of the Government's priority strategies. The feeder roads under the Project are included in the updated 9th Five-Year Plan and selected in accordance with the Government's policy to realize regional balance and rural access.|
|Impact||Improve access to basic infrastructure to achieve economic growth and social development.|
|Description of Outcome||
(i) Provide efficient and safe movement of freight and people over the national highway network.
(ii) Provide rural population with better access to social services, markets, and other economic opportunities
(iii) Enhance DOR's asset management
(iv) Enhance private sector's capacity
|Progress Toward Outcome|
|Description of Project Outputs||
(i) A national highway section between Trongsa and Gelephu improved to a standard that allows smooth passage of all types of vehicles
(ii) Selected feeder roads constructed for communities to be accessible to motorized transport
(iii) Road asset information systems enhanced for DOR's efficient and effective monitoring
(iv) Road safety capacity improved in DOR and RSTA
(v) Domestic contractors engaged for works of project roads
|Status of Implementation Progress (Outputs, Activities, and Issues)||Overall progress of civil works construction is satisfactory. Nine out of 15 packages have been completed, 3 packages have slow progress and the rest of the packages are in the advanced stage of construction works.|
|Summary of Environmental and Social Aspects|
|Stakeholder Communication, Participation, and Consultation|
|During Project Design|
|During Project Implementation|
All consultants will be selected and recruited through a firm using the quality- and cost-based selection method, in accordance with ADB's Guidelines on the Use of Consultants and other arrangements satisfactory to ADB for engagement of domestic consultants.
The Project will require consulting services to assist DOR in (i) preparing detailed design and bidding documents of the pavement strengthening works; (ii) reviewing and finalizing DOR's design and bid documents of the bridges, national highway realignment, and feeder roads; and (iii) procurement of civil works. A domestic firm (with about 65 person-month inputs) will be recruited for these assignments. This includes assistance for DOR in (i) preparing resettlement plan and (ii) monitoring implementation of land acquisition.
For construction supervision, an international consulting firm in association with a domestic consulting firm will be recruited. An estimated 38 person-month of international and 1,030 person-month of domestic consulting inputs will be required.
A domestic environmental specialist will be engaged individually for (i) assisting DOR in obtaining environmental clearance, forest clearance, and quarry clearance from relevant government agencies and (ii) monitoring implementation of the environmental management plan. About 8 person-month consulting inputs will be required.
|Procurement||All civil works contracts (about 15 contract packages) will be procured in accordance with ADB's Guidelines for Procurement following local competitive bidding procedures. Each civil works contract will have an estimated value of maximum $2.5 million, and will be executed in four phases, each within 30 - 35 months period. Supply contracts with values of more than $500,000 will be procured under international competitive bidding procedures, with values between $100,000-500,000 and for less than $100,000 will be procured through international shopping and direct purchase arrangements respectively.|
|Responsible ADB Officer||Sakai, Tsuneyuki|
|Responsible ADB Department||South Asia Department|
|Responsible ADB Division||Transport and Communications Division, SARD|
Department of Roads
Mr. Sangey Tenzing
|Concept Clearance||08 Mar 2005|
|Fact Finding||21 Mar 2005 to 06 Apr 2005|
|MRM||18 May 2005|
|Approval||30 Sep 2005|
|Last Review Mission||-|
|PDS Creation Date||05 Jan 2007|
|Last PDS Update||21 Mar 2011|
|Approval||Signing Date||Effectivity Date||Closing|
|30 Sep 2005||19 Oct 2005||01 Dec 2005||31 Dec 2010||31 Dec 2011||12 Apr 2012|
|Financing Plan||Loan Utilization|
|Total (Amount in US$ million)||Date||ADB||Others||Net Percentage|
|Project Cost||34.10||Cumulative Contract Awards|
|ADB||27.30||30 Sep 2005||28.62||0.00||98%|
|Cofinancing||0.00||30 Sep 2005||29.15||0.00||100%|
|Status of Covenants|
|Financing Plan/TA Utilization||Cumulative Disbursements|
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|Title||Document Type||Document Date|
|Road Network Project||Project/Program Completion Reports||Aug 2013|
|Road Network Project||Project/Program Administration Manual||Oct 2006|
|Loan Agreement for Road Network Project between the Kingdom of Bhutan and ADB dated 19 October 2005||Loan Agreement (Special Operations)||Oct 2005|
|Road Network Project||Reports and Recommendations of the President||Aug 2005|
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