Afghanistan : Qaisar–Dari Bum Road Project
The objective of the Project is to help the Government to promote economic and social development and reduce poverty by rehabilitating the primary road network damaged during two decades of conflict and neglect. The Project will support (i) rehabilitation of the Qaisar-Bala Murghab section (90 km) of Herat-Andkhoy road; (ii) installation of road tolling facilities including toll plazas, computers and communications equipment, and weighing machines for the project road; (iii) HIV/AIDS prevention and anti-human trafficking awareness activities; (iv) construction supervision and monitoring; and (iv) incremental project management such as engagement of external auditors to audit project accounts and the payment of additional salary of MPW staff assigned to the PMU and the consultant team.
|Qaisar–Dari Bum Road Project
|Country / Economy
|Project Type / Modality of Assistance
|Source of Funding / Amount
|Environmentally sustainable growth
Inclusive economic growth
|Drivers of Change
|Gender Equity and Mainstreaming
|Sector / Subsector
Transport / Road transport (non-urban)
|Some gender elements
|The objective of the Project is to help the Government to promote economic and social development and reduce poverty by rehabilitating the primary road network damaged during two decades of conflict and neglect. The Project will support (i) rehabilitation of the Qaisar-Bala Murghab section (90 km) of Herat-Andkhoy road; (ii) installation of road tolling facilities including toll plazas, computers and communications equipment, and weighing machines for the project road; (iii) HIV/AIDS prevention and anti-human trafficking awareness activities; (iv) construction supervision and monitoring; and (iv) incremental project management such as engagement of external auditors to audit project accounts and the payment of additional salary of MPW staff assigned to the PMU and the consultant team.
|Project Rationale and Linkage to Country/Regional Strategy
|Description of Outcome
|Progress Toward Outcome
|The grant became effective on 17 Aug 2018. An inception mission was fielded in Aug/Sep 2018 to discuss with the government the overall progress of project, in particular, status of procurement of works and recruitment of supervision consultant. A transport portfolio review mission was undertaken in Nov/Dec and Jan/Feb 2019 to review the overall progress of the project. The Mission was concerned over the long delay in the procurement of civil work and recruitment of the supervision consultant. The government is working on the revised Submission 2 for supervision consultant. The ADB Missions recommended that the process needs to be expedited to avoid future cost overruns and grant extensions.
|Description of Project Outputs
|Status of Implementation Progress (Outputs, Activities, and Issues)
Procurement of the 3 civil works contracts is ongoing. These works has not started due to security situations. Afghanistan is currently a FCAS country and conflict situations hinders the works progress.
Installation or construction of roadside infrastructure facilities is under preparation.
Strengthening of institutional capacity of MPW is under preparation.
Improvement of disaster risk reduction and climate change adaptation capacity in the road subsector is under preparation.
|Summary of Environmental and Social Aspects
|The project is categorized as B for environment. The road alignment will mostly follow the existing dirt track's alignment thus the environmental impacts are expected to be minimal. The initial environmental examination (IEE) prepared for Project 2 (G0244/G0291) in 2010 was updated in accordance with ADB's SPS (2009), and was disclosed on 15 August 2017. It is anticipated that the major environmental impacts of the project will occur during construction phase and will include soil erosion, air and water pollution, noise impacts, occupational health and safety, and cutting of trees. Adequate mitigation measures are included in, and will be implemented through, an environmental management plan (EMP).
|The project is categorized as B for involuntary resettlement. Although most of the road improvement work will be carried out within the existing right of way. acquisition of privately-owned land presently being used for agricultural, residential and commercial purposes may be needed to meet the minimum national road standard pavement and embankment width of 12 meters. Based on preliminary assessment, works in all three road sections (Dari Bum-Bala Murghab; Bala Murghab-Gormach; and Gormach-Sar Chashma) will require the acquisition of 34.6 ha of agricultural and 8.96 ha of residential and commercial land. Thus, potentially impacting about 14,701 square meters of primary and secondary residential and commercial structures. It is estimated that 491 households (3,437 persons) will be affected. Of these, 168 persons will experience significant impacts, i.e., possibly displaced from housing or potential loss of 10% or more of their productive assets. Due to challenging security issues, access to project sites can be difficult. Therefore anticipated land acquisition impact assessment has been made using satellite imagery in combination with highway design software. Based on this and consultation with village representatives, 3 draft land acquisition and resettlement plans (LARPs) have been prepared in accordance with Afghanistan law and ADB SPS (2009). The draft LARPs have been endorsed by MPW and disclosed on the ADB website on 15 August 2017, and will be updated following detailed design, consultations, detailed measurement surveys and valuation of assets.
|The project is categorized as C for indigenous people. Communities along the project alignment comprise mainly of Pashtuns and other smaller ethnic groups. These communities are all mainstreamed into Afghanistan's general society and culture and cannot be considered as indigenous people as defined under ADB''s SPS, 2009.
|Stakeholder Communication, Participation, and Consultation
|During Project Design
|Detailed tasks include undertaking consultations with relevant stakeholders to present the recommendations and seek inputs before finalizing the recommendations. Additional public consultations will be conducted during the detailed design stage (before construction).
|During Project Implementation
|MPW and ADB will maintain and regularly update its website with information on the Project, and regularly consult with the public, civil society organizations and development partners in respect of each of the preceding matters.
|All consultants will be recruited in accordance with ADB's Guidelines on the Use of Consultants (2013, as amended from time to time). Recruitment of construction supervision and individual consultants for community development activities are ongoing.
|For procurement of goods, works, non-consulting and consulting services in project, ADB Procurement Policy (2017, as amended from time to time) and Procurement Regulations for ADB Borrowers (2017, as amended from time to time) shall apply. Procurement of three (3) civil works packages are ongoing.
|Responsible ADB Officer
|Responsible ADB Department
|Responsible ADB Division
|Transport Sector Office (SG-TRA)
|17 Jul 2017
|17 Jun 2017 to 25 Jun 2017
|16 Aug 2017
|06 Dec 2017
|Last Review Mission
|Last PDS Update
|08 Dec 2020
|06 Dec 2017
|01 Aug 2018
|17 Aug 2018
|30 Jun 2023
|Total (Amount in US$ million)
|Cumulative Contract Awards
|26 Jul 2023
|26 Jul 2023
|Status of Covenants
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