The Asian Development Bank is working with India to improve roads in the countryside. The program is improving roads that connect many vulnerable and isolated communities in India.
|Project Name||MFF - Rural Roads Sector II Investment Program (Facility Concept)|
|Project Type / Modality of Assistance||Loan
|Source of Funding / Amount||
|Strategic Agendas||Inclusive economic growth
|Drivers of Change||Governance and capacity development
|Sector / Subsector||
Transport - Road transport (non-urban)
|Gender Equity and Mainstreaming||Some gender elements|
|Description||The Investment Program aims to reduce poverty and deprivation, and support economic growth of rural communities by providing them with enhanced access to markets, employment opportunities, and social services, including health and education. The objective will be attained by (i) providing rural habitations in Assam, Orissa and West Bengal with all-weather road connections; (ii) improving efficiency and sustainability of the Prime Minister's Rural Roads Program (PMGSY) implementation in the three states by providing support for capacity building in technical, safeguard, financial and road safety aspects.|
|Project Rationale and Linkage to Country/Regional Strategy||
Poor road infrastructure affects economic growth in rural areas. Poor road connectivity has a strong link to poverty. The Government is tring to redress this problem under PMGSY.
The theme of ADB?s Country Strategy and Program (CSP) is mainstreaming poverty reduction. In line with the Government?s priorities for the Tenth Five-Year Plan 2002-2007, this is to be addressed primarily by supporting economic growth, including both high growth and equitable, pro-poor growth. The CSP points to emerging consensus over the importance of infrastructure in poverty reduction, through both its indirect impact on growth leading to increased incomes and employment, and its direct contributions to incomes and employment and reducing human poverty by improving access to social services. The CSP highlights that strong connectivity to link poor rural families to social services and markets is the organizing theme for the transport sector. In line with these thrusts, ADB has been providing assistance to the national rural roads program called Pradhan Mantri Gram Sadak Yojana (PMGSY, meaning ?Prime Minister?s rural roads program?). The first ADB assistance, the Rural Roads Sector I Project, was approved in November 2003 for $400 million to finance part of PMGSY investment in Chhattisgarh and Madhya Pradesh. The Rural Roads Sector II Investment Program will continue ADB?s support to the sector.
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|Progress Toward Outcome|
|Description of Project Outputs|
|Status of Implementation Progress (Outputs, Activities, and Issues)|
|Geographical Location||States of Assam, Orissa and West Bengal|
|Summary of Environmental and Social Aspects|
|Stakeholder Communication, Participation, and Consultation|
|During Project Design|
|During Project Implementation|
Consulting services will assist the EAs and the SRRDAs to implement the Investment Program. Government-financed PICs will be engaged in accordance with PMGSY procedures found acceptable to ADB and will assist the PIUs of the SRRDAs in (i) preparing additional subprojects; (ii) supervising civil works; (iii) implementing the CPF to address social impacts, if any; and (iv) implementing the EAF and the relevant provisions of the ECOP.
NRRDA wil engage ADB loan-financed Technical Support Consultant (TSC) to provide technical support to the SRRDAs in social and environmental safeguards, and road safety. The TSC will comprise a team of domestic experts who will (i) conduct checking of detailed project reports and random checks of roads under construction to ensure that road safety measures are properly incorporated; (ii) provide support to the PIUs in implementing road safety awareness-raising schemes being developed under the RRSI; (iii) check compliance of subprojects with CPF and EAF/ECOP provisions during subproject preparation and implementation; and (iv) conduct impact monitoring. For each individual state, the TSC will require 12 person-months of inputs for the first batch, and 11 person-months of inputs for subsequent batches. All consultants financed by the loans under the MFF will be selected and engaged in accordance with ADB's Guidelines on the Use of Consultants and other arrangements for recruitment of domestic consultants acceptable to ADB. The domestic consultants will be selected and engaged in accordance with procedures acceptable to ADB and the selection and engagement of the consultants will be subject to ADB approval with regard to their competence and experience for carrying out the assignment.
|Procurement||Procurement to be financed by the loans under the MFF will be carried out in accordance with ADB's Guidelines for Procurement. The upper limit for a civil works contract to be procured through local competitive bidding (LCB) procedures will be initially set at $10 million, and be reviewed during implementation. The PMGSY standard bidding documents and procedure developed by NRRDA for procurement of civil works based on item unit rates are found acceptable to ADB, and will be used for all LCB contracts by the loans under the MFF. The PMGSY bidding process follows the single-stage, two-envelope system in which each bidder simultaneously submits its technical and financial proposals in two separate envelopes, and only the financial proposals of technically qualified and responsive bidders will be opened and evaluated.|
|Responsible ADB Officer||Heriawan, Andri|
|Responsible ADB Department||South Asia Department|
|Responsible ADB Division||Transport and Communications Division, SARD|
Ministry of Rural Development
H.K. Srivastava, Director (Projects-I), NRRDA
Krishi Bhawan New Delhi 110001 India
|Concept Clearance||26 Aug 2004|
|Fact Finding||18 Apr 2005 to 06 May 2005|
|MRM||11 Jul 2005|
|Approval||20 Dec 2005|
|Last Review Mission||-|
|PDS Creation Date||24 Feb 2006|
|Last PDS Update||19 Oct 2008|
MFF Facility Concept 0001-IND
|Financing Plan||Loan Utilization|
|Total (Amount in US$ million)||Date||ADB||Others||Net Percentage|
|Project Cost||2,100.00||Cumulative Contract Awards|
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|Title||Document Type||Document Date|
|Rural Roads Sector II Investment Program||Reports and Recommendations of the President||Nov 2005|
|Framework Financing Agreement on Rural Roads Sector II Investment Program between India and Asian Development Bank dated 25 November 2005||Framework Financing Agreement||Nov 2005|
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|
|Rural Roads Sector II Investment Program - Assam State Road Board||Resettlement Frameworks||Dec 2005|
|Rural Roads Sector II Investment Program - Orissa State Rural Roads Agency||Resettlement Frameworks||Dec 2005|
|Rural Roads Sector II Investment Program - West Bengal State Rural Development Agency||Resettlement Frameworks||Dec 2005|
Evaluation Documents See also: Independent Evaluation
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