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India: Railway Sector Investment Program - Tranche 1

Sovereign (Public) Project | 36330-023 Status: Closed

ADB and the Government of India are working together to make the country''s train system safer, more efficient and able to handle greater amounts of passengers and freight. The Railway Sector Investment Program is building second tracks alongside 840 kilometers of existing rail systems, essentially doubling the capacity of high-density routes. Another 640 kilometers of track will have electrification systems added. This is increasing the capacity of India's rail system. It is also increasing efficiency by installing modern signaling systems, and working to reform the accounting system. The result of the work is that India's trains are using less fuel, creating less pollution, keeping closer to schedules and costing customers less.

 
Project Name Railway Sector Investment Program - Tranche 1
Project Number 36330-023
Country India
Project Status Closed
Project Type / Modality of Assistance Loan
Source of Funding / Amount
Loan 2793-IND: Railway Sector Investment Program - Tranche 1
Ordinary capital resources US$ 150.00 million
Strategic Agendas Environmentally sustainable growth
Inclusive economic growth
Drivers of Change Gender Equity and Mainstreaming
Governance and capacity development
Sector / Subsector

Transport / Rail transport (non-urban)

Gender Equity and Mainstreaming Some gender elements
Description ADB and the Government of India are working together to make the country''s train system safer, more efficient and able to handle greater amounts of passengers and freight. The Railway Sector Investment Program is building second tracks alongside 840 kilometers of existing rail systems, essentially doubling the capacity of high-density routes. Another 640 kilometers of track will have electrification systems added. This is increasing the capacity of India's rail system. It is also increasing efficiency by installing modern signaling systems, and working to reform the accounting system. The result of the work is that India's trains are using less fuel, creating less pollution, keeping closer to schedules and costing customers less.
Project Rationale and Linkage to Country/Regional Strategy India''s economy has been one of the fastest growing in Asia in recent years, but its rail system has failed to keep pace. Each year, more than 7 billion passengers ride trains in India and more than 800 million tons of freight is transported. But as India''s economy continues to expand, the numbers of passengers and tons of freight on trains has been declining. The train routes most in demand cannot handle the capacity needed, and many of the trains are slow and service is poor. The country needs an efficient, sustainable, safe, and regionally balanced transportation system in which trains play a key role.
Impact Improved transport system in the country
Project Outcome
Description of Outcome An energy-efficient, safe, reliable, affordable and environment-friendly railway system developed
Progress Toward Outcome Achievement to be measured after completion of the Program in December 2018.
Implementation Progress
Description of Project Outputs

1. Expanded physical infrastructure and enhanced efficiency of infrastructure use

2. Improved operations efficiency

3. Clean development mechanism (CDM) application and implementation for the investment program

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

1. Loan fully disbursed; all ongoing contracts being funded under Tranches 2 and 3.

2. Initial actions completed: testing of computerization in 2 major districts in North-East and North-West zones; rollout of zone-wide implementation in 3 of the 17 zones (Northern Railway, North Eastern Railways and North Western Railways) and 1 unit (Central Organization of Railway Electrification); roll-out of accrual accounting across zonal railways likely to be completed by September 2017, and that of performance costing and outcome budgeting by March 2018.

3. TA completed in December 2016, with the following outputs: (i) training of four key Indian Railways staff on efficient rail operations and reporting, and of 11 more on data collection of carbon emission reductions from railway construction and operation; (ii) submission of an Excel-based tool on calculating carbon emission reductions; and (iii) establishment of an Environment Directorate under MOR to manage and implement environment-friendly projects and programs, including tracking carbon emissions and reductions. The NAMA proposal has been prepared but not yet submitted to UNFCC.

Geographical Location Anantapur, Balangir, Bellary, Daund, Gulbarga, Gulbarga, Guntakal, Hospet, Koppal, Pune, Pune District, Raichur, Raipur, Raipur, Sambalpur, Sambalpur, Solapur, Tinai Ghat, Titlagarh, Uttar Kannad, Wadi
Safeguard Categories
Environment B
Involuntary Resettlement A
Indigenous Peoples B
Summary of Environmental and Social Aspects
Environmental Aspects The Project is environment category B and the IEEs have been prepared covering all projects. An environmental management plan has been prepared and has been included in the draft bidding documents.
Involuntary Resettlement As part of appraisal, resettlement plans and due diligence reports have been prepared for the investment projects.
Indigenous Peoples The study did not show any difference in impact between indigenous and non-indigenous groups in the project location. However, special provisions have been made under the resettlement framework and the resettlement plans specifically for the indigenous people and other vulnerable groups. Indigenous peoples planning framework (IPPF) has also been prepared and disclosed through the ADB website to guide the preparation of Indigenous Peoples Plans if required for the current or subsequent phases during project implementation.
Stakeholder Communication, Participation, and Consultation
During Project Design In the course of the social assessment, a series of participatory consultations were held with stakeholders and beneficiaries in various socioeconomic groups in the subproject areas, with 125 focus group discussions held at various locations. Groups of men, women, and indigenous people residing in the subproject areas were selected at random. Key stakeholder interviews were conducted with gram panchayat sarpanch (village or small-town head), anganwadi workers (those working at centers offering care for children and mothers), midwives, schoolteachers, farmers, traders, business people, and health workers. A total of 91 focus group discussions exclusively for women were also held. Informants articulated the perceived benefits from the investment program. They were positive about the need for the investment program, especially in terms of improved accessibility for villagers, and better amenities reaching households in the project districts.
During Project Implementation

The MOR will organize further consultations with the stakeholders and beneficiaries within the subproject area to apprise them of economic development in the five states. The perceptions and priorities of the people will be taken into consideration when finalizing the subproject designs and preparing mitigation measures.

Consultation and participation (C&P) will take place; no separate C&P plan has been prepared, but the approach for C&P is outlined in the resettlement framework and resettlement plans.

Business Opportunities
Consulting Services Quality- and cost-based selection method (full technical proposal) has been adopted for the recruitment of consultants (78 international person-months and 390 national person-months).
Procurement Procurement for the 2 components is being done through international competitive bidding.
Responsible ADB Officer Yeo, Kai Wei
Responsible ADB Department South Asia Department
Responsible ADB Division Transport and Communications Division, SARD
Executing Agencies
Ministry of Railways
Railway Board, Room No. 416
Rail Bhawan, New Delhi 110001
India
Timetable
Concept Clearance 29 Nov 2010
Fact Finding 08 Mar 2011 to 22 Mar 2011
MRM 29 Apr 2011
Approval 18 Oct 2011
Last Review Mission -
Last PDS Update 09 Sep 2019

Loan 2793-IND

Milestones
Approval Signing Date Effectivity Date Closing
Original Revised Actual
18 Oct 2011 09 Jul 2012 05 Oct 2012 30 Jun 2018 - 21 Dec 2018
Financing Plan Loan Utilization
Total (Amount in US$ million) Date ADB Others Net Percentage
Project Cost 343.40 Cumulative Contract Awards
ADB 150.00 18 Oct 2011 150.00 0.00 100%
Counterpart 193.40 Cumulative Disbursements
Cofinancing 0.00 18 Oct 2011 150.00 0.00 100%
Status of Covenants
Category Sector Safeguards Social Financial Economic Others
Rating - Satisfactory - - - -

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Safeguard Documents See also: Safeguards

Safeguard documents provided at the time of project/facility approval may also be found in the list of linked documents provided with the Report and Recommendation of the President.

Title Document Type Document Date
Railway Sector Investment Program - Facility Concept and Tranches 1 and 2: Social Monitoring Report (October 2016-March 2017) Social Monitoring Reports Jun 2017
Railway Sector Investment Program - Facility Concept and Tranches 1 and 2: Environmental Monitoring Report (October 2016-March 2017) Environmental Monitoring Reports Jun 2017
Railway Sector Investment Program - Facility Concept and Tranches 1 and 2: Environmental Monitoring Report (April-September 2016) Environmental Monitoring Reports Feb 2017
Railway Sector Investment Program - Facility, Tranches 1 and 2: Social Monitoring Report (April-September 2016) Social Monitoring Reports Feb 2017
Railway Sector Investment Program - Tranches 1 and 2: Environmental Monitoring Report (October 2015-March 2016) Environmental Monitoring Reports Sep 2016
MFF Railway Sector Investment Program - Facility, Tranches 1 and 2: Social Monitoring Report (October 2015-March 2016) Social Monitoring Reports Jul 2016
Railway Sector Investment Program: Social Monitoring Report (April-September 2015) Social Monitoring Reports May 2016
Railway Sector Investment Program: Social Monitoring Report (October 2014-March 2015) Social Monitoring Reports Aug 2015
Railway Sector Investment Program: Environmental Monitoring Report (October 2014-March 2015) Environmental Monitoring Reports Aug 2015
Railway Sector Investment Program: Environmental Monitoring Report (April-September 2014) Environmental Monitoring Reports Apr 2015
Railway Sector Investment Program: Social Monitoring Report (April-September 2014) Social Monitoring Reports Apr 2015
Railway Sector Investment Program: Social Monitoring Report (October 2013-March 2014) Social Monitoring Reports Mar 2014
Railway Sector Investment Program - Tranche 1: Environmental Monitoring Report (March 2014) Environmental Monitoring Reports Mar 2014
Railway Sector Investment Program - Tranche 1: Environmental Monitoring Report (September 2013) Environmental Monitoring Reports Sep 2013
Railway Sector Investment Program - Tranche 1: Social Monitoring Report (September 2013) Social Monitoring Reports Sep 2013
Railway Sector Investment Program - Tranche 1: Social Monitoring Report (March 2013) Social Monitoring Reports Mar 2013
MFF - Railway Sector Investment Program: Raipur-Titlagarh Doubling Subproject Initial Environmental Examination Mar 2011
MFF - Railway Sector Investment Program: Pune-Guntakal Electrification and Daund-Gaulbarga Doubling Subprojects Initial Environmental Examination Mar 2011
MFF - Railway Sector Investment Program: Sambalpur-Titlagarh Doubling Subproject Initial Environmental Examination Mar 2011
MFF - Railway Sector Investment Program Environmental Assessment and Review Framework Mar 2011
MFF - Railway Sector Investment Program: Hospet-Tinai Ghat Doubling Subproject Initial Environmental Examination Mar 2011

Evaluation Documents See also: Independent Evaluation

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Related Publications

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Contracts Awarded

Contract Title Approval Number Contract Date Contractor Contractor Address Executing Agency Contract Description Total Contract Amount (US$) Contract Amount Financed by ADB (US$)
GOODS/HT2-OT2 (OUTDOOR)/ OUTDOOR SIGNALING AND TELECOMMUNICATION WORK RE DOUBLING B/W HARLAPUR(EX TO ANNIGERI(EX) & HUBLI(IN)-DHARWAD(EX),KARNATAKA Loan 2793 09 Jan 2018 M/S BHARAT RAIL AUTOMATIONS PVT. LTD. 202 KAMLA HUB, J.V.P.D. SCHEME VILE PARLE (WEST) MUMBAI- 400049 INDIA Ministry of Railways SUPPLY OF GOODS 4,208,235.00 4,164,211.00
RT1-B/S&T Balance Works for Doubling of Titlagarh (Ex)-Lakhna(in)(72.948KM) Part of Raipur-Titlagarh in Sambalpur, East Coast Railway, Odisha Loan 2793 31 Mar 2017 M/S Mrt 2 Raja Woodmunt St., 3F Kolkata 700001, West Bengal India Ministry of Railways Construction 3,006,336.18 521,035.85
RVNl/Pune/Solapur-Gulbarga(Pkg2): Railway Electrification BW Solapur (Excl)-Gulbarga(Excl) Section, 113Rkm/261Tkm, Solapur, Maharashtra/Karnataka(Pg Loan 2793 31 Mar 2017 Isolux/Brapl (JV) Vatika Business Park 2Nd F, Block Two Sector 49, Sohna Road, Gurgaon-122101 India Ministry of Railways Construction 21,115,163.15 1,830,935.53
RNVl/Pune/Bhigvan-Solapur(Pkg1): Railway Electrification Between Bhigvan (Excl)-Solapur (Incl) Sec. (160 Rkm/385Tkm), Solapur, Central Rail (Pg4) Loan 2793 31 Mar 2017 Isolux-Brapl (JV) Vatika Business Park, 2F, Block Two Sector-49, Sohna Rd., Gurgaon-122 101 India Ministry of Railways Construction 27,584,432.17 2,237,810.09

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