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

Sovereign Project | 39399-013 Status: Active

Summary

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.

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Project Name South Asia Tourism Infrastructure Development Project (Bangladesh, India, and Nepal) - India
Project Number 39399-013
Country Regional
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
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
Asian Development Fund US$ 12.75 million
Loan 2580-REG: South Asia Tourism Infrastructure Development Project (Bangladesh, India and Nepal) - Bangladesh
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
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

All civil works related to heritage site development and conservation are complete and resulted to improved connectivity, improvement of environment and improved heritage management. Activities related to community engagement for heritage management and promotion of tourism based livelihood are ongoing and will be completed before the project closing in December 2016. Institutional capacity building activities involving Dept. of Archaeology and Bangladesh Parjatan Corporation are also complete.

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. Apart from this, an ICB contract is 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 at the verge of completion. Three NGOs to conduct livelihood generation and tourism promotion activities are being implemented since April 2014. Also a comprehensive tourism promotion plan is prepared which will identify potential areas for the integrated tourism development of the Lumbini region. The plan was recently approved by the government (12 July 2015). It would be early to assess the project progress towards outcome level at this stage.

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--------------------------------

1. Enhanced connectivity to Lumbini Development Area in Nepal:

Progress: A contract to upgrade GBA to an international standard has been signed with M/s Northwest Civil Aviation Airport Construction Gr. Co. Ltd on 13 November 2014 which became effective on 11 December 2014. A recovery plan was approved in 20 August 2015 to catch up the delays attributed to the April 2015 earthquake and unavailability of materials and fuel resulted from the disruptions in the Indo-Nepal border. Physical progress reported as of 24 August 2016 is 18.3% against a revised target of 21%.

2. Destination improvements to Lumbini Development Area in Nepal

Various activities under this output are:

(a) Development of car parking and bus stop and pedestrian walkway at the entry of the site.

(b) completion of the unfinished portion of the perimeter road around the site

(c) provision of localized source-based drinking water supply and toilets in five key locations

(d) solid waste management improvements

(e) enhancement of on-site interpretation displays and signage

(f) construction of a visitor center and landscaping and pedestrian walkways around the center

Progress:

A contract agreement associated with this output was signed on 25 September 2013, with an original completion date of 23 October 2015. The contract closing date was later extended till 25 July 2016. The work is at very final stage with substantial completion of all activities under the contract.

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

3.1) Capacity development - The staff of tourism ministries, board, and departments in Nepal underwent training in tourism planning, coordination, monitoring and marketing

Progress/status: An NGO is recruited (with a service period of 30 months) to conduct tourism promotion activities and already mobilized in April 2014.

3.2) Management Plan for Nepal's Lumbini prepared and endorsed

Progress: A promotional plan for Lumbini area of Nepal was developed following a consultation workshop with concerned stakeholders. The Government has approved the plan on 12 July 2015. This has covered various aspects of overall development of Lumbini area as the birth place of Lord Buddha.

3.3) Capacity development - Organizational and financial management measures for Lumbini Development Trust of Nepal were developed and being implemented; and staff underwent training on planning, protecting, and managing the nature and culture based sites as well as world heritage sites.

Progress: Assessment ongoing

3.4) Capacity development - A Business plan for Gautam Buddha airport of Nepal was prepared with measures for sustainable operation and management of the airport including enhanced revenue base and financial management and approved; staff underwent training in airport management

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

3.5 Fostering community participation - Community awareness raising programs in Nepal conducted on (i) the value of natural and cultural heritage and the role of the community in management of heritage sites and (ii) potential benefits from heritage based tourism to the local economy

Progress: An NGO was recruited to conduct community mobilization and awareness raising program. The NGO conducted various programs to raise the awareness of the community people on different aspects of environment and cultural tourism and also to get benefit from the cultural and religious tourism.

3.6 Fostering community participation - Value chain analyses were undertaken to establish stronger links between tourism and the local economy

Progress: Assessment ongoing

3.7 Fostering community participation - Pilot schemes for tourism-based livelihood generation designed and implemented in Nepal

Progress: Ongoing. An NGO is recruited (with a contract period 30 months since April 2014) to conduct pilot schemes for tourism-based livelihood generation program with a progress of 60%, as of July 2016.

3.8 Fostering community participation - Skill development training in heritage management and hospitality-related skills for the communities around Lumbini in Nepal

Progress: Ongoing. An NGO is recruited to conduct this activity in Lumbini area and is mobilized in April 2014.

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--------------------------Bangladesh Component------------------------------------------

1. Enhanced connectivity to selected sites in Bangladesh

Access roads to Paharpur site has been improved improved

pedestrian road/walkway to avoid trespassing of the Paharpur heritage site developed.

Approach road including a bridge leading to Mahasthan museum constructed

2. Destination improvements to selected sites in Bangladesh

Upgrading of four cultural heritage sites, (Paharpur, Kantajee, Mahastangarh, and Bagerhat) completed, including:

(i) Conservation of cultural heritage structures.

(ii) Improvements to heritage sites environment and utilities (drainage, waste management, water supply, toilets, restrooms, and landscaping)

(iii) Managing tourist on-site circulation through provision on-site walkways, car parking, lighting, commercial spaces for basic purchase

(iv) Enhancement of heritage interpretation and visitor information through construction of visitors'' information centers, souvenir shops, ticket counters, museum improvements, and onsite signage, and displays.

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

Capacity development:

(i) 40 staff of Ministry of Cultural Affairs (MOCA), Ministry of Civil Aviation and Tourism (MOCAT), DOA and BPC in Bangladesh underwent training in tourism planning, coordination, monitoring and marketing

(ii) A marketing and promotion program developed and implementation by DOA and BPC are ongoing.

(iii) Site Management Plans for four heritage sites have been prepared and currently being finalized by MOCA.

Fostering community participation:

(i) Community awareness raising programs in Bangladesh conducted on (a) the value of natural and cultural heritage and the role of the community in management of heritage sites and (b) potential benefits from heritage based tourism to the local economy

(ii) Pilot schemes for tourism-based livelihood promotion involving the local community was designed, related trainings have been completed and implementation is ongoing in Paharpur site.

(iii) Partnerships between communities, private sector and public sector established for enhanced site management and viable community tourism product development.

(iv) In Bangladesh communities in the 4 heritage sites underwent training on heritage management; and tourism and hospitality related skills development activities.

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---------------------------------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 65% 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. Equipment for the Himalayan Training Institute are being supplied at the site. The redevelopment and provision of basic services at Yuksam base camp is under implementation and about 70% of physical progress has been achieved. Infrastructural facilities in two villages to promote village tourism are nearing completion. 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. Department of Tourism has adopted the policies and guidelines formulated by the project consultant for promoting village tourism.

Geographical Location Sikkim State, India

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 Staff

Responsible ADB Officer Keiichi Tamaki
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 27 Sep 2016

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 30 Jun 2017 -
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 10.07 0.00 79%
Counterpart 3.00 Cumulative Disbursements
Cofinancing 0.00 16 Nov 2009 6.12 0.00 48%

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 - -
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 0.20 7%
Counterpart 0.00 Cumulative Disbursements
Cofinancing 3.00 28 Mar 2014 0.00 0.09 3%

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 Sep 2017 -
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 11.02 0.00 92%
Counterpart 8.00 Cumulative Disbursements
Cofinancing 0.00 16 Nov 2009 6.65 0.00 55%

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 30 Jun 2017 -
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 7.69 0.00 66%
Counterpart 6.00 Cumulative Disbursements
Cofinancing 0.00 16 Nov 2009 4.47 0.00 39%

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 -
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 10.87 0.00 97%
Counterpart 0.00 Cumulative Disbursements
Cofinancing 0.00 16 Nov 2009 9.97 0.00 89%

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 - -
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 22.90 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 30 Jun 2017 -
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 7.59 51%
Counterpart 0.00 Cumulative Disbursements
Cofinancing 15.00 17 Jun 2009 0.00 3.36 22%
Title Document Type Document Date
South Asia Tourism Infrastructure Development Project - India Procurement Plans Jun 2015
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 Agreement Oct 2010
South Asia Tourism Infrastructure Development Project Project/Program Administration Manual May 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 ADB Loan Agreement (Ordinary Resources) Jan 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 Agreement 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 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 Reports and Recommendations of the President Oct 2009
South Asia Tourism Infrastructure Development Project Procurement Plans 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
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 - 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 Short Resettlement Plan for Rumtek Circuit Subproject Resettlement Plans Dec 2008
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

Evaluation Documents See also: Independent Evaluation

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