Bangladesh: South Asia Subregional Economic Cooperation Road Connectivity Project

Sovereign Project | 40540-014 Status: Active
 
Project Name South Asia Subregional Economic Cooperation Road Connectivity Project
Project Number 40540-014
Country Bangladesh
Project Status Active
Project Type / Modality of Assistance Loan
Source of Funding / Amount
Loan 2949-BAN: South Asia Subregional Economic Cooperation Road Connectivity Project
concessional ordinary capital resources lending / Asian Development Fund US$ 198.00 million
Strategic Agendas Environmentally sustainable growth
Inclusive economic growth
Regional integration
Drivers of Change Governance and capacity development
Partnerships
Sector / Subsector

Transport - Road transport (non-urban)

Gender Equity and Mainstreaming Some gender elements
Description
Project Rationale and Linkage to Country/Regional Strategy
Impact

Project Outcome

Description of Outcome
Progress Toward Outcome The Improvement of the road connectivity and efficiency of the Dhaka-Northwest international trade corridor can be assessed at the end of the project. The works are in progress towards the corridor improvement. Till now the average financial progress is about 32% and physical progress is about 33%.
Implementation Progress
Description of Project Outputs
Status of Implementation Progress (Outputs, Activities, and Issues)

The up gradation of 70 km of roads is in progress. The ADB financed civil works comprising of 3 contracts (60 km), awarded in 15 September 2015. The works are in progress. Till February 2017, progress for WP-1 is 18.5%, WP-2 is 27.52% and WP-3 is 22.38%. Abu Dhabi Fund for Development (ADFD) financed other contract (10 km) also awarded in 17 December 2015 and work in progress. Till February 2017, progress for WP-4 is 25.738%.

Performance-based routine maintenance targeting women's participation at 50% can be assessed during project implementation period.

The up gradation of two land ports with redevelopment of old sheds and the truck terminal yard is in progress. Contract of package no.1 (Improvement of Burimari Land Port) was signed on 1 November 2015. Till February 2017, the progress is 97.5%. Contract of package no.2 (Improvement of Benapole Land Port) was signed on and Notice to Proceed has been issued to the contractor on 25 July 2016. Till Fenruary2017, the progress is 13.54%.

Capacity Development Consultant has started their work to improve the operational efficiency of Bangladesh Land Port Authority (BLPA). For the purpose of institutional development action plan, technical assistance is completed in June, 2015. But the recommendations are yet to be implemented.

BLPA social, gender and health risks mitigation programs are in progress and will be implemented till the end of project period.

Geographical Location

Summary of Environmental and Social Aspects

Environmental Aspects

Environment-related activities include enhancement of hygienic conditions in the land ports, construction of an environmentally-friendly office building for RHD and expansion of the Joydeypur-Chandra-Tangail-Elenga Road. All three components fall under environment category _B_. Environmental impacts in the land ports and RHD office building are largely positive and include establishment of structures and mechanisms for managing waste, drainage and occupational health and safety. Negative impacts related to construction waste; air, noise and water pollution; occupational health and safety; tree removal; and erosion are expected for all project components. However, these are mainly confined to the construction period and mitigation measures have been proposed in the Environmental Management Plan (EMP) which will be included in the agreement with the contractor. Initial Environmental Examination (IEE) reports have been prepared for each component and are disclosed on the ADB website as required by ADB's Safeguard Policy Statement, 2009 (SPS). Local communities were consulted while preparing the IEE reports. Details of consultations, feedback received and grievance redress mechanism are included in the IEE reports.

While RHD has a Social and Environmental Unit to address safeguard concerns, the LPA does not have such a unit. Safeguards focal persons will be appointed in LPA headquarters and at sites. They will be supported by the PIC's environmental specialist. Safeguard training workshops will be conducted during pre-construction and construction, as necessary. Capacity development for LPA will also be provided under the loan. Annual environmental monitoring reports will be submitted by the respective executing agencies to ADB.

Involuntary Resettlement Two resettlement plans (RPs) have been prepared based on ADB's SPS and the Acquisition and Requisition of Immovable Property Ordinance II of Bangladesh (1982). Affected communities were extensively consulted to understand their views. There will be significant impact with approximately 18.9 hectares of land acquired with commercial tenants experiencing the majority of impact. 2,394 households comprising 9,885 persons will be affected. The RP will be updated based on detailed design and will be implemented by an experienced NGO with the PIC providing external monitoring. For the RHD institutional development component, 11 non-titleholder households consisting of 38 persons will be impacted. RHD has over 18 years of experience in managing social safeguard risks, including in projects funded by multilateral donors. The land port component does not require land acquisition and resettlement. The project will comply with ADB's information disclosure requirements.
Indigenous Peoples The project is not expected to have impacts on Indigenous Peoples.
Stakeholder Communication, Participation, and Consultation
During Project Design

Workshops, community mobilization, and consultation conducted for discussion on the potential needs of the community, social related issues such as gender, HIV/AIDs, human trafficking, child labor, environment and social safeguard issues.

Community meetings and focus group discussions are organized as part of the poverty and social analysis. The local consultative meetings involve all relevant stakeholders including representatives of the poor and other socially excluded groups (e.g., women, scheduled tribes, etc.) to disseminate the information as well as to get the feedback about the project design and its potential impacts. Other key stakeholders such as the relevant line departments, local government representatives and NGOs are also be consulted. Consultations were undertaken with the affected households and communities during the course of the census survey and socioeconomic survey along the project roads for the preparation of the safeguard plans. In the Resettlement Plans, a C&P plan is included for project implementation phase.

During Project Implementation

Business Opportunities

Consulting Services

An estimated 2,710 person-months (249 international, 2,461 national) of consulting services are required to (i) facilitate project management and implementation for LPA and RHD, and (ii) enhance operational efficiency of LPA. Consulting firms will be engaged using the quality- and cost-based selection (QCBS) method with a quality:cost ratio of 90:10. A higher quality ratio is adopted because the task involves a certain level of innovativeness to coordinate with LPA and RHD, and to mobilize and manage several teams at the same time. To engage quality consultants in a timely manner, ADB and the government have agreed that ADB carry out consultant selection on behalf of the government. The government will retain its authority for contract negotiation and contract signing.

The proposed TA will undertake 3 major components: (i) maintenance scheme for roads and bridges, (ii) overloading control scheme, and (iii) RHD modernization, covering institutional changes and streamlining business processes. As part of the capacity development for procurement processes, the TA will also provide for a procurement review to be undertaken for the proposed project. It is proposed that ADB will finance $1,500,000 equivalent, on a grant basis from a trust fund.

Procurement Procurement activities will be the responsibility of the Project Directors, who will be supported by the consultants under TA loan 2688 and the PIC. ADB engaged an international consultant during procurement processes for probity. ADB will closely monitor all procurement and implementation activities. Contracts for civil works and goods will comprise about 7 international competitive bidding (ICB) packages. Contract packages for equipment under RHD institutional development will be based on required technical features and timing of procurement. Packages will be identified during implementation by consultants engaged under technical assistance.

Responsible Staff

Responsible ADB Officer Islam, Mohammad Nazrul
Responsible ADB Department South Asia Department
Responsible ADB Division Bangladesh Resident Mission
Executing Agencies
Bangladesh Land Port Authority
[email protected]
Bangladesh Sthala Bandar Kartripaksha TCB Building, 1 Karwan Bazar
Roads and Highways Department
Sarak Bhaban
Tejgaon, Dhaka-1208
Bangladesh

Timetable

Concept Clearance -
Fact Finding -
MRM -
Approval -
Last Review Mission -
Last PDS Update 20 Mar 2017

Loan 2949-BAN

Milestones
Approval Signing Date Effectivity Date Closing
Original Revised Actual
22 Nov 2012 05 Jun 2013 28 Feb 2014 30 Jun 2018 - -
Financing Plan Loan Utilization
Total (Amount in US$ million) Date ADB Others Net Percentage
Project Cost 284.70 Cumulative Contract Awards
ADB 198.00 22 Nov 2012 170.23 0.00 96%
Counterpart 86.70 Cumulative Disbursements
Cofinancing 0.00 22 Nov 2012 77.46 0.00 44%

Loan 8263-BAN

Milestones
Approval Signing Date Effectivity Date Closing
Original Revised Actual
12 Sep 2012 13 Aug 2013 19 Mar 2014 30 Sep 2017 - -
Financing Plan Loan Utilization
Total (Amount in US$ million) Date ADB Others Net Percentage
Project Cost 0.00 Cumulative Contract Awards
ADB 0.00 12 Sep 2012 0.00 29.22 97%
Counterpart 0.00 Cumulative Disbursements
Cofinancing 0.00 12 Sep 2012 0.00 12.20 41%

TA 8221-BAN

Milestones
Approval Signing Date Effectivity Date Closing
Original Revised Actual
22 Nov 2012 14 Nov 2013 14 Nov 2013 31 Oct 2014 31 Oct 2015 -
Financing Plan/TA Utilization Cumulative Disbursements
ADB Cofinancing Counterpart Total Date Amount
Gov Beneficiaries Project Sponsor Others
0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 22 Nov 2012 1,397,385.56

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Title Document Type Document Date
SASEC Road Connectivity Project: Bangladesh Land Port Authority Audited Project Financial Statements (July 2014-June 2016) Audited Project Financial Statements Dec 2016
SASEC Road Connectivity Project: Roads and Highways Department Audited Project Financial Statements (July 2015-June 2016) Audited Project Financial Statements Dec 2016
South Asia Subregional Economic Cooperation Road Connectivity Project: Procurement Plan Procurement Plans Apr 2016
South Asia Subregional Economic Cooperation Road Connectivity Project: Roads and Highways Department Audited Project Financial Statements (July 2014-June 2015) Audited Project Financial Statements Dec 2015
SASEC Road Connectivity Project: Roads and Highways Department Audited Project Financial Statements (July 2013-June 2014) Audited Project Financial Statements Dec 2014
দক্ষিণ এশিয়া উপ-আঞ্চলিক অর্থনৈতিক সহযোগিতা সড়ক সংযোগ প্রকল্প : প্রকল্প তথ্যপত্র Translated PDS Jul 2014
Loan Agreement (Special Operations) for South Asia Subregional Economic Cooperation Road Connectivity Project Loan Agreement (Special Operations) Jun 2013
Project Agreement for South Asia Subregional Economic Cooperation Road Connectivity Project Project/Program Agreements Jun 2013
South Asia Subregional Economic Cooperation Road Connectivity Project: Report and Recommendation of the President Reports and Recommendations of the President Oct 2012
South Asia Subregional Economic Cooperation Road Connectivity Project - Bangladesh Project/Program Administration Manual Sep 2012
Preparing the Priority Roads Project Initial Poverty and Social Analysis Sep 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
SASEC Road Connectivity Project: Semi-Annual Social Monitoring Report Social Monitoring Reports Mar 2017
SASEC Road Connectivity Project: Environmental Monitoring Report Environmental Monitoring Reports Dec 2016
SASEC Road Connectivity Project: Social Monitoring Report Social Monitoring Reports Aug 2016
SASEC Road Connectivity Project: Environmental Monitoring Report Environmental Monitoring Reports Jun 2016
South Asia Subregional Economic Cooperation Road Connectivity Project: Environmental Monitoring Report Environmental Monitoring Reports Nov 2015
SASEC Road Connectivity Project—Improvement of Joydevpur-Chandra-Tangail-Elenga Road: Social Monitoring Report Social Monitoring Reports Sep 2015
South Asia Subregional Economic Cooperation Road Connectivity Project: Improvement of Joydevpur-Chandra-Tangail-Elenga Road Social Monitoring Report Social Monitoring Reports Oct 2014
SASEC Road Project: Joydevpur-Chandra-Tangail-Elenga Road Resettlement Plan Resettlement Plans Feb 2014
SASEC Road Connectivity Project: Multistory RHD Headquarters Building Resettlement Plans Aug 2012
SASEC Road Connectivity Project: Roads and Highways Department Headquarters Building Subproject Initial Environmental Examination Jul 2012
SASEC Road Connectivity Project: Benapole Landport Subproject Initial Environmental Examination Jul 2012
SASEC Road Connectivity Project: Burimari Landport Subproject Initial Environmental Examination Jul 2012
SASEC Road Connectivity Project: Joydevpur-Chandra – Tangail-Elenga Road Subproject Initial Environmental Examination Jul 2012
SASEC Road Project: Joydevpur–Chandra–Tangail–Elenga Road Subproject Resettlement Plans Jul 2012

Evaluation Documents See also: Independent Evaluation

None currently available.

Related Publications

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