|Project Name||Priority Roads Project|
|Project Type / Modality of Assistance||Technical Assistance
|Source of Funding / Amount||
|Strategic Agendas||Inclusive economic growth
|Drivers of Change||Knowledge solutions
|Sector / Subsector||
Transport - Road transport (non-urban)
|Gender Equity and Mainstreaming|
|Project Rationale and Linkage to Country/Regional Strategy||
The development of the transport sector in the People's Republic of Bangladesh is important to the economic development and poverty reduction in the country. ADB has been constantly supporting the construction and improvement of roads and bridges, and institutional strengthening of the transport sector in Bangladesh through various projects. Among the recent accomplishments of ADB assistance in the transport sector is the preparation of the Road Master Plan under Loan 2021-BAN: Road Network Improvement and Maintenance Project II, approved by the Government of Bangladesh (Government) in June 2009, where roads prioritized for development for the next 20 years are identified. According to the Road Master Plan, the current national and regional highways network of Bangladesh is 7,893 km, of which 4,780 km of national and regional highways will require major interventions from the GOB for road improvement over the next 5 years. The GOB requested ADB to take up some of the highest priority roads identified in the Road Master Plan in this PPTA for Preparing the Priority Roads Project (PRP).
The PRP investment is under the Country Operations Business Plan (2009-2011) for 2011 approval. Three highest priority national highways of about 298 km identified in the Road Master Plan, which require intervention over the next five years, were proposed for TA study. The priority roads identified are (i) Joydevpur-Chandra-Tangail-Hatikamrul road section in N4 and N405 (110 km), (ii) Faridpur-Barisal road section in N8 (128 km), and (iii) Dhaka-Mawa-Bhanga Highway in N8 (60 km). These priority roads are linked to Jamuna and Padma Bridges' road network, as well as to other existing and proposed ADB-funded roads in Bangladesh. By linking these roads and bridges, domestic trade in the Northwest and Southwest regions will be strengthened, and economic activity between various regions in the country will be promoted. This may also result to the integration of the Southwest region into the national economy, a key outcome identified in the ADB Country Strategy and Program for Bangladesh (2006-2010) to support the country's National Poverty Reduction Strategy. Further, improved road network in Bangladesh will also encourage trade with other countries in the South Asia sub-region.
|Impact||The resulting project will provide an efficient, safe and environmentally sustainable road transport in the project areas.|
|Description of Outcome||An agreed design of the resulting project, having enhanced project readiness and full compliance with ADB and Government policies and requirements for about 29 km of high priority and national highway sections.|
|Progress Toward Outcome|
|Description of Project Outputs||
- Completed assessment of the following aspects: technical; financial; environmental; poverty and social; institutional capacity
- Economic analysis
- Resettlement framework and plans
- Indigenous people's plan, if required
- Capacity building program
- On-the-job training and knowledge transfer
|Status of Implementation Progress (Outputs, Activities, and Issues)|
|Geographical Location||(i) Joydevpur-Chandra-Tangail-Hatikamrul road section in N4 and N405, (ii) Faridpur-Barisal road section in N8, and (iii) Dhaka-Mawa-Bhanga Highway in N8.|
Summary of Environmental and Social Aspects
|Stakeholder Communication, Participation, and Consultation|
|During Project Design|
|During Project Implementation|
A firm of consultants- 10 person-months of international experts and 21 person-months of national experts, for a period of 8 months- will be engaged, with expertise on engineering and implementation arrangement, economic analysis and institutional assessment and capacity building.
Three individual consultants will also be engaged (4 person-months for international and 6 person-months for national, for a period of 8 months) for due diligence on environment, resettlement and social development aspects.
|Responsible ADB Officer||Tai, Lee Ming|
|Responsible ADB Department||South Asia Department|
|Responsible ADB Division||Transport and Communications Division, SARD|
Roads and Highways Department
|Concept Clearance||23 Sep 2009|
|Fact Finding||29 Jul 2009 to 02 Aug 2009|
|Approval||23 Nov 2009|
|Last Review Mission||-|
|PDS Creation Date||28 Sep 2009|
|Last PDS Update||23 Apr 2010|
|Approval||Signing Date||Effectivity Date||Closing|
|23 Nov 2009||15 Sep 2010||15 Sep 2010||31 Jan 2011||31 May 2012||-|
|Financing Plan/TA Utilization||Cumulative Disbursements|
|800,000.00||0.00||200,000.00||0.00||0.00||0.00||1,000,000.00||23 Nov 2009||627,669.19|
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