The ensuing project aims to improve transport efficiency, leading to economic development and poverty reduction.
|Project Name||Road Network Project II|
|Project Type / Modality of Assistance||Technical Assistance
|Source of Funding / Amount||
|Strategic Agendas||Regional integration
|Drivers of Change||Knowledge solutions
|Sector / Subsector||
Transport - Road transport (non-urban)
|Gender Equity and Mainstreaming|
|Description||The ensuing project aims to improve transport efficiency, leading to economic development and poverty reduction.|
|Project Rationale and Linkage to Country/Regional Strategy||
Bhutan is a landlocked mountainous country with most of the population living in remote scattered settlements. The transportation system depends heavily on the road network. However, due to extremely difficult terrain, the road density is very low; most of the feeder roads are in poor condition; and many rural communities are still cut off from the road network. The backbone of the road network is the East-West Highway, 2-lane standard, crossing the country through mountainous areas, which becomes difficult to use in the case of unexpected disasters such as landslides or road accidents.
The 10th Five Year Plan (10th FYP, 2008-2013) and the National Poverty Reduction Strategy emphasize the need to improve and expand road network to stimulate growth, reduce remoteness and isolation, and to provide access to basic services. ADB has been supporting this strategy as elaborated in its Country Strategy and Program (2006 - 2010) for Bhutan. In view of this, ADB will continue to support Bhutan in its efforts to implement its Road Sector Master Plan (2007-2027), which prioritizes further expansion of feeder roads as well as the 2nd East-West Highway in the less mountainous southern part of the country.
|Impact||The ensuing project will impact road network efficiency in the southern east-west corridor and subregional connectivity, contributing to expanded economic development and regionally-balanced development, leading to poverty reduction.|
|Description of Outcome||Expected outcome is an agreed project design suitable for ADB financing.|
|Progress Toward Outcome|
|Description of Project Outputs||
Expected outputs and time frame: Feasibility study of about 190 km national highways, 125 km feeder roads, and 20 bridges including economic analysis and environmental and social impacts studies. The deliverables include: (i) inception report (1 month after commencement), (ii) draft final report (6 months after commencement), (iii) final report (after comments from Government and ADB) and (iv) Monthly progress reports.
The design consultant was mobilized on 25 January 2010 and to be completed by 24 September 2010.
|Status of Implementation Progress (Outputs, Activities, and Issues)|
|Geographical Location||Sipsoo to Daipham, Bhutan|
|Summary of Environmental and Social Aspects|
|Stakeholder Communication, Participation, and Consultation|
|During Project Design|
|During Project Implementation|
|Consulting Services||The TA will require the services of an international consulting firm, in association with a national consulting firm or proposing individual national consultants, to provide 18 person-months of international consultancy, and 15 person-months of national consultancy, with expertise in the areas of road/highway/bridge and geological engineering and road/transport economic. The international consultants are the (i) road/highway and pavement engineer and team leader (7 person-months), (ii) road/transport economist (3 person-months), (iii) road/highway structural and bridge engineer (5 person-months) and (iv) geotechnical/materials engineer (3 person-months). The national consultants are (i) road/civil/ structural engineer/deputy team leader (8 person-months), (ii) road/transport economist (4 person-months), (iii) geotechnical/materials engineer (3 person-months). Separately, (i) one individual national consultant (8 person-months) will be recruited to carry out a social analysis and resettlement assessment, and (ii) one individual international consultant (2 person-month) and one individual national consultant (4 person-month) to carry out an environmental assessment of the proposed project. The individual consultants will work in team in close consultation with the engineering consultants. The consulting firm will be selected according to quality- and cost-based selection procedures and a simplified technical proposal. ADB will recruit the consultants in accordance with its Guidelines of the Use of Consultants.|
|Responsible ADB Officer||Yamaguchi, Hiroaki|
|Responsible ADB Department||South Asia Department|
|Responsible ADB Division||Transport and Communications Division, SARD|
Department of Roads
Mr. Sangey Tenzing
|Concept Clearance||04 Feb 2008|
|Fact Finding||29 May 2008 to 03 Jun 2008|
|Approval||10 Sep 2008|
|Last Review Mission||-|
|PDS Creation Date||12 Mar 2008|
|Last PDS Update||18 Jan 2010|
|Approval||Signing Date||Effectivity Date||Closing|
|10 Sep 2008||24 Oct 2008||24 Oct 2008||30 Jun 2009||05 Oct 2009||-|
|Financing Plan/TA Utilization||Cumulative Disbursements|
|650,000.00||0.00||165,000.00||0.00||0.00||0.00||815,000.00||10 Sep 2008||609,629.18|
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|Title||Document Type||Document Date|
|Preparing the Road Network Project II (Financed by the Japan Special Fund)||Technical Assistance Reports||Sep 2008|
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|
|Road Network Project II: Raidak-Lhamoizingkha Section (Updated)||Resettlement Plans||May 2011|
|Road Network Project II: Tsebar-Mikuri-Shingchungri Section (Updated)||Resettlement Plans||May 2011|
|Road Network Project II: Samdrupcholing-Samrang Section (Updated)||Resettlement Plans||May 2011|
|Road Network Project II: Manitar-Raidak Section (Updated)||Resettlement Plans||May 2011|
|Road Network Project II: Samdrupcholing-Samrang Section (Draft)||Resettlement Plans||Jul 2009|
|Road Network Project II: Manitar-Raidak Section (Draft)||Resettlement Plans||Jul 2009|
|Road Network Project II: Tsebar-Mikuri-Shingchungri Section (Draft)||Resettlement Plans||Jul 2009|
|Road Network Project II: Raidak-Lhamoizingkha Section (Draft)||Resettlement Plans||Jul 2009|
|Road Network Project II||Environmental Assessment and Measures||Jun 2009|
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