39399-013: South Asia Tourism Infrastructure Development Project (Bangladesh, India, and Nepal) - India | Asian Development Bank

Regional: South Asia Tourism Infrastructure Development Project (Bangladesh, India, and Nepal) - India

Sovereign (Public) Project | 39399-013 Status: Active

ADB is helping Nepal, India, and Bangladesh improve infrastructure and services in key tourism sites. The project will upgrade transport and other infrastructure and public services in renowned natural and cultural attractions, including major Buddhist sites. It will also increase the capacity of sector agencies to sustainably manage and protect these sites, and encourage community participation.

Project Details

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Kaneko, Atsushi South Asia Department Request for information
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Project Name South Asia Tourism Infrastructure Development Project (Bangladesh, India, and Nepal) - India
Project Number 39399-013
Country Regional
Bangladesh
India
Nepal
Project Status Active
Project Type / Modality of Assistance Grant
Loan
Source of Funding / Amount
Grant 0179-REG: South Asia Tourism Infrastructure Development Project (Bangladesh, India and Nepal) - Nepal
concessional ordinary capital resources lending / Asian Development Fund US$ 12.75 million
Loan 2578-REG: South Asia Tourism Infrastructure Development Project (Bangladesh, India, and Nepal) - India
Ordinary capital resources US$ 20.00 million
Loan 2579-REG: South Asia Tourism Infrastructure Development Project (Bangladesh, India and Nepal) - Nepal
concessional ordinary capital resources lending / Asian Development Fund US$ 12.75 million
Loan 2580-REG: South Asia Tourism Infrastructure Development Project (Bangladesh, India and Nepal) - Bangladesh
concessional ordinary capital resources lending / Asian Development Fund US$ 12.00 million
Loan 8247-REG: South Asia Tourism Infrastructure Development Project (Bangladesh, India and Nepal) - Nepal
OPEC Fund for International Development US$ 15.00 million
Grant 0383-REG: South Asia Tourism Infrastructure Development Project - Additional Financing
Asian Clean Energy Fund under the Clean Energy Financing Partnership Facility US$ 3.00 million
Loan 3117-REG: South Asia Tourism Infrastructure Development Project - Additional Financing
concessional ordinary capital resources lending / Asian Development Fund US$ 30.00 million
Strategic Agendas Environmentally sustainable growth
Inclusive economic growth
Regional integration
Drivers of Change Governance and capacity development
Partnerships
Sector / Subsector

Transport / Air transport - Urban roads and traffic management

Water and other urban infrastructure and services / Renovation and protection of cultural heritage - Urban sanitation - Urban solid waste management - Urban water supply

Gender Equity and Mainstreaming No gender elements
Description ADB and the governments of Bangladesh, India, and Nepal are working together to develop and improve tourism sites and facilities in the three countries. The South Asia Tourism Infrastructure Development Project is improving the infrastructure around key tourist sites and cultural sites in the three countries, and expanding the air and road links that connect the various destinations. This includes upgrading airports; fixing roads; and cleaning up tourist sites with improved water supply, sanitation systems, and solid waste management. Visitor centers will be also be improved. The project is working to spread tourism to remote communities that are currently bypassed by the popular tourist markets. This work is benefiting about 2.4 million people in the three countries through increased income, jobs, improved health and local environmental conditions, and reduced travel times. About 270,000 people are benefiting from new job opportunities created by the project, and at least 5,000 others are enjoying expanded livelihood options.
Project Rationale and Linkage to Country/Regional Strategy Nepal, the north and northeastern states of India, and Bangladesh have vast and diverse cultural and natural resources. These areas contain many of the world's major Buddhist sites, which could make the area a world destination for nature and culture-based tourism. Tourism already plays a vital role in these areas, employing more than 13 million people in the three countries. Despite the importance of the tourism industry, it remains limited by poor infrastructure; weak protection and management of heritage sites and important tourist areas; and a lack of engagement by the communities surround tourist areas.
Impact The expected impact of the proposed Project is sustainable and inclusive economic growth and reduced poverty in the subregion.
Project Outcome
Description of Outcome Nature and culture based tourism destinations of subregional importance with (i) improved connectivity, (ii) better quality environment and visitor services; (iii) enhanced natural and cultural heritage; and (iv) stronger linkages with communities
Progress Toward Outcome

Implementation of Bangladesh component has been delayed by one and half year. Currently 3 out of 4 civil works contracts have been awarded and the project is back on track. Bangladesh component will be extended up to 31 December 2016. Activities related to toutism promotion and livelihood generation and institutional development of DOA and BPC for managing heritage sites and promotopn of heritahe tourism have already started to achieve the project outcome.

In case of Nepal component, a contract to upgrade Gautam Buddha Airport to an international standard to accomodate the increasing number of toursits to Lumbini, the birth place of Lord Buddha, was signed on 13 November 2014 and works commenced from 11 December 2014. The construction is ongoing with physical progress of 26 % against 77% of elapsed time. Apart from this, an ICB contract being implemented in Lumbini which basically covers the construction of a visitor information center and other amenities including sanitation utility blocks and road improvement, which is completed. Three NGOs to conduct livelihood generation and tourism promotion activities are being implemented since April 2014. The contract of two NGOs to conduct community awareness program has completed. Also a comprehensive tourism promotion plan is prepared which identified potential areas for the integrated tourism development of the Lumbini region. The plan was approved by the government (12 July 2015). It would be early to assess the progress towards outcome level at this stage.

In case of India, outcome envisaged under the project would be achieved on completion of the ongoing works.

Implementation Progress
Description of Project Outputs

Enhanced connectivity to Lumbini Development Area in Nepal

Enhanced connectivity to selected sites in Sikkim

Enhanced connectivity to selected sites in Bangladesh

Destination improvements to Lumbini Development Area in Nepal

Destination improvements to selected sites in Sikkim

Destination improvements to selected sites in Bangladesh

Enhanced capacity, increased community participation, and improved project management in Nepal

Enhanced capacity, increased community participation, and improved project management in India

Enhanced capacity, increased community participation, and improved project management in Bangladesh

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

Nepal Component:

A promotional plan for Lumbini area of Nepal is prepared following a consultation workshop with concerned stakeholders. The plan was approved by the government, on 12 July 2015. This will cover various aspects of overall development of Lumbini area as the birth place of Lord Buddha.

Business Plan for Gautam Buddha Airport and training in airport management for staff yet to be designed.

An NGO was engaged to conduct community mobilisation and awareness raising program. The contract has been completed. Outcome will be assessed shortly.

An NGO is recruited to conduct pilot schemes for tourism-based livelihood generation program and is already mobilised. The progress reported to date is 90%. An NGO is recruited to conduct this activity in Lumbini area and is mobilised in April 2014. The progress reported to date is 95%. Lumbini Management Committee formation is yet to be formed.

Construction of upgrading of Gautam Buddha Airport to international airport is ongoing. Physical progress as of 31 Aug 2017 is 26%. Time elapsed of the contract is 77%. Notice to Correct (NTC)-6 has been issued on 13 August 2017 allowing the contractor 60 days period to achieve improved progress based on revised action plan/revised work schedule.

Dropped by DoT

Works completed

Contract awarded. Works in progress

Contract awarded. works in progress

Contract awarded. Works in progress

A contract agreement associated with this output was signed on 25 September 2013, with the completion date of 23 October 2015. Contractor is progressing on extra works under variation order. 50% of paint and pointing work and minor finishing work under progress. Targeted to complete by end November 2016

Same as above. This activity is a part of the contract described above.

Same as above. This activity is a part of the contract described above.

Same as above. This activity is a part of the contract described above.

Same as above. This activity is a part of the contract described above.

Same as above. This activity is a part of the contract described above.

Contract awarded. Works ongoing

Dropped from project scope by DOT

Dropped from project scope by DOT

Contract awarded for improvement of base camp.Singalila trek dropped by DOT.

Contract awarded. Works ongoing

Master plans for the 4 project sites are being finalized and will be completed by 2015. Progress 20%

ADB approved the trainind plan in June 2013. Trainings are being carried out and will be completed by 2015. 6 training programs have been completed involving 112 staff from DOA, the project, BPC and MOCA. Progress 50%

An NGO has been mobilized in March 2014 for community participation, tourism promotion and marketting activities.

The program was initiated by the regional TA and has been continued under the project with the assistance from PMDS consultants and NGO recruited for community participation, tourism promotion and marketting. activities. Program has been developed and implementation will start by March 2015. Progress 20%

PMDS consultants are assisting the EA and the IA with capacity development related to organizational and financial management. Progress 40%

An NGO has been mobilized in March 2014 for community participation, tourism promotion and marketting activities. 4 comminity workshops held. Progress 20%

Community survey by the NGO completed and preparatory work started. Progress 20%

An NGO has been mobilized in March 2014 for community participation, tourism promotion and marketting activities. 120 participants both male and female (30% of all participants) in 4 sites received tour gguide training

Civil works construction started and completed up to base. Current Progress 57.1%

Civil works construction started. Current Progress 57.1%

Civil works construction started. Current Progress 57.1%

Contract awarded and construction work started. Progress 20.0%

Proposal and baseline survey completed. Progress 20.0%

Construction started and completed up to superstructure. Progress 40%

Construction started and completed up to superstructure. Progress 40%

India Component:

All 10 contract packages (6 civil work packages, one equipment package and 3 consultancy packages) have been awarded. The contract package related to roads in West Sikkim is in advance stage of implementation and about 90% of physical progress has been achieved. Strengthening of the Ranka to Sajong road in east Sikkim is ongoing. Works for strengthening of approach road from Damthang to Himalayan Training Institute at Chemchey has been completed and the contract is being financially closed. Civil works and provision of infrastructure facilities at Himalayan Training Institute is under implementation and about 90% of physical progress has been achieved. Equipment for the Himalayan Training Institute are being supplied at the site. The redevelopment and provision of basic services at Yuksom base camp is completed. Infrastructural facilities in two villages to promote village tourism are completed. The capacity building consultant to promote village tourism and the consultant responsible for preparation of curriculum for the Himalayan training Institute have submitted their final reports which have been accepted by the Department of Tourism (DOT), and their services are completed. DOT has adopted the policies and guidelines formulated by the project consultant for promoting village tourism.

Geographical Location Nepal - Bhairahawa, Lumbini
Summary of Environmental and Social Aspects
Environmental Aspects
Involuntary Resettlement
Indigenous Peoples
Stakeholder Communication, Participation, and Consultation
During Project Design
During Project Implementation
Business Opportunities
Consulting Services Teams of international and national consultants will be engaged to assist in managing and implementing the Project in accordance with ADB's Guidelines on the Use of Consultants (2007, as amended from time to time). Services will be required in the areas of project management, detailed design, supervision, community participation, environmental and social safeguards, project performance monitoring, heritage planning and management, ecotourism, airport engineering, institutional development, and financial management. A total of 935 person-months consulting services is expected to be required for the Project; 417 person-months (30 person-months international and 387 person-months national) for Nepal; 333 person-months (12 person-months international and 321 person-months national) for India; and 185 person-months (25 person-months international and 160 person-months national) for Bangladesh.
Procurement Goods and services financed by ADB and the OPEC Fund for International Development will be procured in accordance with ADB's Procurement Guidelines (2007, as amended from time to time). International competitive bidding procedures will be used for civil works contracts estimated to cost $10.0 million or more in India, $2.0 million or more in Bangladesh, and $1.0 million or more in Nepal; and for supply contracts valued at $1.0 million or higher. The upper limit for civil works to be procured through national competitive bidding procedures will be less than $10.0 million in India, $2.0 million in Bangladesh, and $1.0 million in Nepal; and for equipment the upper limit will be $1.0 million. Shopping will be used for contracts for procurement of equipment and simple civil works worth $100,000 or less.
Responsible ADB Officer Kaneko, Atsushi
Responsible ADB Department South Asia Department
Responsible ADB Division Urban Development and Water Division, SARD
Executing Agencies
Department of Tourism-Sikkim State
Shri S.B.S. Bhadauria
M.G. Road, Gangtok, Sikkim
Timetable
Concept Clearance 30 Sep 2008
Fact Finding 01 Sep 2008 to 06 Sep 2008
MRM 02 Feb 2009
Approval 16 Nov 2009
Last Review Mission -
PDS Creation Date 07 Oct 2008
Last PDS Update 28 Sep 2017

Grant 0179-REG

Milestones
Approval Signing Date Effectivity Date Closing
Original Revised Actual
16 Nov 2009 25 May 2010 03 Sep 2010 15 Mar 2015 15 Jun 2019 -
Financing Plan Grant Utilization
Total (Amount in US$ million) Date ADB Others Net Percentage
Project Cost 15.75 Cumulative Contract Awards
ADB 12.75 16 Nov 2009 10.19 0.00 80%
Counterpart 3.00 Cumulative Disbursements
Cofinancing 0.00 16 Nov 2009 8.72 0.00 68%

Grant 0383-REG

Milestones
Approval Signing Date Effectivity Date Closing
Original Revised Actual
28 Mar 2014 19 May 2014 22 Oct 2014 31 Dec 2017 15 Jun 2019 -
Financing Plan Grant Utilization
Total (Amount in US$ million) Date ADB Others Net Percentage
Project Cost 3.00 Cumulative Contract Awards
ADB 0.00 28 Mar 2014 0.00 1.40 47%
Counterpart 0.00 Cumulative Disbursements
Cofinancing 3.00 28 Mar 2014 0.00 0.11 4%

Loan 2578-REG

Milestones
Approval Signing Date Effectivity Date Closing
Original Revised Actual
16 Nov 2009 04 Oct 2010 25 Jan 2011 15 Mar 2015 15 Mar 2018 -
Financing Plan Loan Utilization
Total (Amount in US$ million) Date ADB Others Net Percentage
Project Cost 28.00 Cumulative Contract Awards
ADB 20.00 16 Nov 2009 11.70 0.00 97%
Counterpart 8.00 Cumulative Disbursements
Cofinancing 0.00 16 Nov 2009 9.00 0.00 75%

Loan 2579-REG

Milestones
Approval Signing Date Effectivity Date Closing
Original Revised Actual
16 Nov 2009 25 May 2010 03 Sep 2010 15 Mar 2015 15 Jun 2019 -
Financing Plan Loan Utilization
Total (Amount in US$ million) Date ADB Others Net Percentage
Project Cost 18.75 Cumulative Contract Awards
ADB 12.75 16 Nov 2009 7.77 0.00 67%
Counterpart 6.00 Cumulative Disbursements
Cofinancing 0.00 16 Nov 2009 5.68 0.00 49%

Loan 2580-REG

Milestones
Approval Signing Date Effectivity Date Closing
Original Revised Actual
16 Nov 2009 07 Dec 2009 21 Jan 2010 15 Mar 2015 31 Dec 2016 14 Feb 2017
Financing Plan Loan Utilization
Total (Amount in US$ million) Date ADB Others Net Percentage
Project Cost 12.00 Cumulative Contract Awards
ADB 12.00 16 Nov 2009 10.98 0.00 100%
Counterpart 0.00 Cumulative Disbursements
Cofinancing 0.00 16 Nov 2009 10.98 0.00 100%

Loan 3117-REG

Milestones
Approval Signing Date Effectivity Date Closing
Original Revised Actual
28 Mar 2014 19 May 2014 22 Oct 2014 31 Dec 2017 15 Jun 2019 -
Financing Plan Loan Utilization
Total (Amount in US$ million) Date ADB Others Net Percentage
Project Cost 47.71 Cumulative Contract Awards
ADB 30.00 28 Mar 2014 23.20 0.00 84%
Counterpart 17.71 Cumulative Disbursements
Cofinancing 0.00 28 Mar 2014 0.00 0.00 0%

Loan 8247-REG

Milestones
Approval Signing Date Effectivity Date Closing
Original Revised Actual
17 Jun 2009 05 Aug 2010 06 Sep 2010 15 Jul 2014 15 Jun 2019 -
Financing Plan Loan Utilization
Total (Amount in US$ million) Date ADB Others Net Percentage
Project Cost 15.00 Cumulative Contract Awards
ADB 0.00 17 Jun 2009 0.00 7.65 51%
Counterpart 0.00 Cumulative Disbursements
Cofinancing 15.00 17 Jun 2009 0.00 4.23 28%

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Title Document Type Document Date
South Asia Tourism Infrastructure Development Project - India Procurement Plans Jun 2015
Grant Agreement (Externally Financed - Asian Clean Energy Fund) for South Asia Tourism Infrastructure Development Project - Additional Financing Grant Agreement May 2014
Project Agreement for South Asia Tourism Infrastructure Development Project - Additional Financing (PA1) Project/Program Agreements May 2014
Project Agreement for South Asia Tourism Infrastructure Development Project - Additional Financing (PA2) Project/Program Agreements May 2014
Loan Agreement (Special Operations) for South Asia Tourism Infrastructure Development Project – Additional Financing Loan Agreement (Special Operations) May 2014
South Asia Tourism infrastructure Development Project - Additional Financing: Project Data Sheet (Nepali Translation) Translated PDS Apr 2014
South Asia Tourism Infrastructure Development Project - Additional Financing: Report and Recommendation of the President Reports and Recommendations of the President Mar 2014
South Asia Tourism Infrastructure Development Project - Additional Financing: Procurement Plan Procurement Plans Feb 2014
South Asia Tourism Infrastructure Development Project - Additional Financing Project/Program Administration Manual Feb 2014
South Asia Tourism Infrastructure Development Project - Bangladesh Procurement Plans Jun 2013
South Asia Tourism Infrastructure Development Project - Nepal Procurement Plans Dec 2012
Loan Agreement for South Asia Tourism Infrastructure Development Project (India portion) between India and Asian Development Bank dated 4 October 2010 Loan Agreement (Ordinary Resources) Oct 2010
Project Agreement for South Asia Tourism Infrastructure Development Project (India portion) between Asian Development Bank and State of Sikkim Project/Program Agreements Oct 2010
South Asia Tourism Infrastructure Development Project Project/Program Administration Manual May 2010
Project Agreement for South Asia Tourism Infrastructure Development Project (Nepal portion) between Asian Development Bank and Civil Aviation Authority of Nepal dated 25 May 2010 Project/Program Agreements Jan 2010
Loan Agreement for South Asia Tourism Infrastructure Development Project (Bangladesh portion) between People's Republic of Bangladesh and ADB Loan Agreement (Ordinary Resources) Jan 2010
Project Agreement for South Asia Tourism Infrastructure Development Project (Nepal portion) between Asian Development Bank and Lumbini Development Trust dated 25 May 2010 Project/Program Agreements Jan 2010
Financing Agreement for South Asia Tourism Infrastructure Development Project (Nepal portion) between Nepal and Asian Development Bank dated 25 May 2010 Financing Agreement Jan 2010
Loan Agreement for South Asia Tourism Infrastructure Development Project (Bangladesh portion) between People's Republic of Bangladesh and Asian Development Bank dated 7 December 2009 Loan Agreement (Special Operations) Dec 2009
South Asia Tourism Infrastructure Development Project Procurement Plans Oct 2009
South Asia Tourism Infrastructure Development Project Reports and Recommendations of the President Oct 2009
Improving Connectivity and Destination Infrastructure for Subregional Tourism Development Design and Monitoring Frameworks Feb 2009

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
South Asia Tourism Infrastructure Development Project - Nepal: Social Monitoring Report (January-June 2017) Environmental and Social Monitoring Reports Aug 2017
South Asia Tourism Infrastructure Development Project - India: Environmental Monitoring Report (October 2015-September 2016) Environmental Monitoring Reports Jul 2017
South Asia Tourism Infrastructure Development Project - India: Environmental Monitoring Report (October 2014-September 2015) Environmental Monitoring Reports Feb 2017
SATIDP - Nepal Gautam Buddha Airport Upgrading: Environmental Monitoring Report (January-June 2016) Environmental Monitoring Reports Jul 2016
South Asia Tourism Infrastructure Development Project - Nepal: Gautam Buddha Airport Upgrade Social Monitoring Report (July 2015-February 2016) Social Monitoring Reports May 2016
SATIDP - Nepal Gautam Buddha Airport Upgrading Component: Environmental Monitoring Report (January-July 2015) Environmental Monitoring Reports Sep 2015
South Asia Tourism Infrastructure Development Project - India: Environmental Monitoring Report (April-September 2014) Environmental Monitoring Reports Apr 2015
South Asia Tourism Infrastructure Development Project - India: Environmental Monitoring Report (April 2013-March 2014) Environmental Monitoring Reports Oct 2014
South Asia Tourism Infrastructure Development Project - India: Environmental Monitoring Report (April 2013-March 2014) - Addendum Environmental Monitoring Reports Oct 2014
South Asia Tourism infrastructure Development Project - Additional Financing Initial Environmental Examination Nov 2013
South Asia Tourism infrastructure Development Project - Additional Financing Resettlement Plans Nov 2013
South Asia Tourism Infrastructure Development Project - India: Environmental Monitoring Report (April - September 2012) Environmental Monitoring Reports May 2013
South Asia Tourism Infrastructure Development Project - India: Environmental Monitoring Report (April 2012 - March 2013) Environmental Monitoring Reports May 2013
South Asia Tourism Infrastructure Development Project - India: Environmental Monitoring Report (April 2011 - March 2012) Environmental Monitoring Reports May 2013
Resettlement Framework for South Asia Tourism Infrastructure Development Resettlement Plans Oct 2009
Draft Resettlement Framework for Bangladesh Heritage Highway Sub-project Resettlement Frameworks Dec 2008
Draft Resettlement Plan for Gautam Buddha Airport Subproject Resettlement Plans Dec 2008
Draft Short Resettlement Plan for Rumtek Circuit Subproject Resettlement Plans Dec 2008

Evaluation Documents See also: Independent Evaluation

None currently available.

Related Publications

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Tenders

Tender Title Type Status Posting Date Deadline
Grant No. 0383-NEP: South Asia Tourism Infrastructure Development Project [MoCTCA/ICB-1/2017] Invitation for Bids Active 21 Aug 2017 04 Oct 2017
Grant No. 0383-NEP: South Asia Tourism Infrastructure Development Project [MoCTCA/ICB-2/2016] CORRIGENDUM Invitation for Bids Closed 20 Mar 2017 03 Apr 2017
Grant No. 0383-NEP: South Asia Tourism Infrastructure Development Project [MoCTCA/ICB-1/2016] CORRIGENDUM Invitation for Bids Closed 20 Mar 2017 02 Apr 2017

Contracts Awarded

No contracts awarded for this project were found