The Project Preparatory Technical Assistance will advise Ho Chi Minh City (HCMC) People's Committee on the integrated development of the first two mass rapid transit (MRT) lines in HCMC. The goal of the MRT is to provide convenient, comfortable, safe, affordable, and clean urban travel that improves the quality of urban living and reduces reliance on private modes of travel.
|Project Name||Ho Chi Minh City Metro Rail System Project|
|Project Type / Modality of Assistance||Technical Assistance
|Source of Funding / Amount||
|Strategic Agendas||Environmentally sustainable growth
|Drivers of Change||Governance and capacity development
Private sector development
|Sector / Subsector||
Transport / Urban public transport
|Gender Equity and Mainstreaming||No gender elements|
|Description||The Project Preparatory Technical Assistance will advise Ho Chi Minh City (HCMC) People's Committee on the integrated development of the first two mass rapid transit (MRT) lines in HCMC. The goal of the MRT is to provide convenient, comfortable, safe, affordable, and clean urban travel that improves the quality of urban living and reduces reliance on private modes of travel.|
|Project Rationale and Linkage to Country/Regional Strategy||
Viet Nam's economy is growing rapidly. This is especially the case in large cities, most notably Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City (HCMC), which are the primary centers of economic growth and will remain so for the foreseeable future. The large cities have grown rapidly over the last 15 years and are expected to continue to grow relative to the rest of the country, both in terms of population and economy. HCMC is the largest city in Viet Nam with an area of about 2,100 sq. km. and a population that has grown at an average of 2.4% over the last 15 years, to about 5.5 million in 2003, or approximately 6% of Viet Nam's total population. On current trends, the city's population is forecast to reach 7.2 million by 2020.
Although cars are becoming more common, motorcycles dominate transport in HCMC, and serve the population well, providing the poor with mobility than experienced by many non-motorized citizens in richer countries. Inspite of explosive growth in motorcycle ownership, congestion has remained tolerable. Traffic accidents, however, have become a serious concern. Increasing vehicle numbers have also lead to air quality degradation that will intensify with increasing congestion.
The People's Committee in HCMC is aware of these challenges and has developed plans for the orderly development of the city based on designated satellite growth areas and rapid development of public transport to cater for a much lager share of passenger traffic, from about 2% today to 60% in 2020.
The CSP for Viet Nam includes sustainable growth as one of the strategic priorities. If the economy is to continue growing then the major engines of this growth must not be starved of adequate transport infrastructure.
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The TA will be implemented by a consulting firm requiring about 60 international person-months and 100 national person-months of consulting time during calendar year 2007. It is expected that consulting services will be allocated as follows: part I (30%), part II (60%), and part III (10%). The international consulting firm will have expertise in transport and urban planning; demand forecasting; civil, structural, geotechnical, tunnel, mechanical and electrical engineering; rolling stock; rail operations; financial and economic analysis; environmental assessment; resettlement; social assessment; and institutional planning and capacity building. The international consulting firm will be supported by domestic consultants in transport and urban planning; demand forecasting; engineering; institutional arrangements; law; financial and economic analyses; resettlement, environmental and social planning; and translation. The consultants will be engaged by ADB in accordance with its Guidelines on the Use of Consultants.
The TA will use fixed budget selection, taking into account the importance of the project, the need for a high-profile consultant project team, and the fact that the work will take place in a relatively new subsector for ADB. The consulting firm will be asked to produce a simplified technical proposal as (i) the short-listing process will have already established that the firm has outstanding competence in the urban transport sector and in the region; and (ii) the detailed terms of reference mean that only limited input is expected on the methodology and technical approach.
|Responsible ADB Officer||Jenny, Hubert M.|
|Responsible ADB Department||Southeast Asia Department|
|Responsible ADB Division||Transport and Communications Division, SERD|
Mr. Nguyen Van Quoc
23-25 Ham Nghi st, District 3, Ho Chi Minh City, Viet Nam
|Concept Clearance||05 Aug 2005|
|Fact Finding||27 Mar 2006 to 31 Mar 2006|
|Approval||02 Nov 2006|
|Last Review Mission||-|
|PDS Creation Date||15 Mar 2006|
|Last PDS Update||31 Jul 2010|
|Approval||Signing Date||Effectivity Date||Closing|
|02 Nov 2006||03 May 2007||03 May 2007||30 Apr 2008||31 Dec 2009||-|
|Financing Plan/TA Utilization||Cumulative Disbursements|
|2,200,000.00||200,000.00||500,000.00||0.00||0.00||0.00||2,900,000.00||02 Nov 2006||2,339,694.16|
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|Title||Document Type||Document Date|
|Preparing the Ho Chi Minh City Metro Rail System Project||Consultants' Reports||Feb 2010|
|Preparing the Ho Chi Minh City Metro Rail System Project (Financed by the Japan Special Fund)||Technical Assistance Reports||Oct 2006|
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