The Asian Development Bank is working with Viet Nam to build the Greater Mekong Subregion (GMS) Ben Luc-Long Thanh Expressway expressway. The project is developing detailed designs, resettlement plans, environmental impact assessments, and other key documents.
|Project Name||Greater Mekong Subregion Ben Luc–Long Thanh Expressway Project – Tranche 2|
|Project Type / Modality of Assistance||Loan
|Source of Funding / Amount||
|Strategic Agendas||Inclusive economic growth
|Drivers of Change||Governance and capacity development
|Sector / Subsector||
Transport - Urban roads and traffic management
|Gender Equity and Mainstreaming||No gender elements|
|Description||The Project constructs a 57.1 km expressway between Ben Luc and Long Thanh in the south of Ho Chi Minh City (HCMC), which is a short link of the Greater Mekong Subregion (GMS) Southern Economic Corridor. The project expressway is divided into a western section (21.14 km), a middle section (10.71 km), and an eastern section (25.25 km). For the expressway construction, ADB finances the western and eastern sections, and Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) finances the middle section. The project was estimated to cost $1.608 billion at appraisal, inclusive of local taxes, contingencies, and financing charges during development. Tranche 2 in the amount of $286 million will cover construction of the eastern section of the expressway.|
|Project Rationale and Linkage to Country/Regional Strategy||In the south of Ho Chi Minh City (HCMC), the east-west traffic is restricted due to the lack of river crossing facilities, forcing vehicles into the center of HCMC. A substantial shift has occurred from motorcycles to passenger cars in the project area, further exacerbating traffic congestion. Construction of HCMC ring roads to establish connectivity with neighboring cities through expressway links is a high priority of the government. In this regard, the project will facilitate east-west traffic south of HCMC, thereby diverting through-traffic and reducing traffic congestion in the center of HCMC. Through construction of the project expressway, the connectivity of cities and towns around HCMC will also be improved, and transport costs and travel times for the movement of passengers and goods in and around HCMC will be reduced. Moreover, the project expressway is identified as part of national north-sough expressway that links into the Mekong Delta, which is the rive basket of Asia. It will be used as a freight route to transport food produced from the Mekong Delta to the rest of the country and overseas via land and maritime transport.|
|Impact||increased competitiveness of regional economy along GMS Southern Economic Corridor in the Southern Viet Nam and the GMS countries.|
|Description of Outcome||a more efficient and safer movement of goods and people in the greater HCMC area.|
|Progress Toward Outcome|
|Description of Project Outputs||The project will increase the density of the HCMC road network, enhance connectivity between the eastern and western regions of HCMC, and improve the project management and financial management capacity of Vietnam Expressway Corporation (VEC). Under Tranche 2, the eastern section of the project expressway will be built. The entire expressway is expected to be completed in the middle of 2019, with operation scheduled for 2020.|
|Status of Implementation Progress (Outputs, Activities, and Issues)|
|Summary of Environmental and Social Aspects|
|Environmental Aspects||The project''s safeguard categorization is A for environment. The environmental impact assessment (EIA) which covers all sections of the project expressway, was prepared at the time of MFF processing to meet the requirements of ADB's Safeguard Policy Statement (2009) and cleared by ADB in 2010. The Safeguard Policy Statement applies to all sections, including that funded by JICA. The government and VEC assure compliance with the EIA. The EIA (i) covers all sections of the expressway; (ii) describes the environmental baseline conditions in the project area; and (iii) provides a comprehensive assessment of potential physical, biological, and socioeconomic impacts resulting from the construction and operation of the project. The environmental management plan (EMP) in the EIA specifies various mitigation and pollution control measures to minimize the anticipated negative impacts of project implementation. The EMP's environmental monitoring plan covers the preconstruction, construction, and operation of the project. VEC ensures compliance with the EMP by both ADB and JICA-funded contractors. Based on the loan agreement, VEC, with assistance from the project supervision consultant, undertakes monthly monitoring of the contractors' environmental performance and compiles the results in quarterly environmental monitoring reports submitted to ADB. Such monitoring will be carried out throughout construction and during the first year of project operation. The external environmental monitoring consultant will submit the corresponding external monitoring reports simultaneously to ADB and VEC.|
|Involuntary Resettlement||The project''s safeguard categorization is A for involuntary resettlement. The resettlement plan, cleared by ADB in 2010, covers all sections of the project expressway. District-specific plans for all project-affected areas were updated based on the final project design and detailed measurement survey results, and accepted by ADB. The implementation of the updated plans is progressing well and assessed as being in compliance. In all, 3,520 households with 13,755 persons are economically and physically affected, of which 1,520 households will lose 10% or more of their productive resources, and 913 households will be physically displaced. Resettlement and relocation are progressing well and are almost completed in the western and middle sections. LAR has started in the eastern section. While resettlement sites have been prepared for most locations, the vast majority of relocating households preferred to purchase replacement land themselves and self-relocate. The income restoration program is also progressing well. Program steering committees were established in all districts, and implementation has begun in all districts of HCMC and Long An Province.|
|Indigenous Peoples||The project''s safeguard categorization is C for indigenous peoples. The Tay and Chinese households that will be affected by the project are well integrated into the wider socioeconomic and cultural community.|
|Stakeholder Communication, Participation, and Consultation|
|During Project Design|
|During Project Implementation||VEC will publicly disclose on its website information on how loan proceeds are being used, presenting (i) procurement contract awards, including for each contract (a) list of participating bidders, (b) name of the winning bidder, (c) basic details on bidding procedures adopted, (d) amount of contract awarded, (e) list of goods and/or services purchased, (f) intended and actual utilization of loan proceeds under each contract; and (ii) internal and external resettlement reports. The website will be updated within 2 weeks from (i) each contract award, (ii) each submission of environmental and resettlement reports to be prepared by external monitoring agencies, and (iii) each submission of VEC's internal quarterly environment and resettlement reports.|
|Consulting Services||All consulting services to be financed out of the proceeds of the Loan (Tranche 2) will be subject to and governed by ADB's Guidelines on the Use of Consultants (2013, as amended from time to time).|
|Procurement||All works to be financed out of the proceeds of the Loan (Tranche 2) will be subject to and governed by ADB's Procurement Guidelines (2015, as amended from time to time). Procurement is ongoing for all 3 civil works under Tranche 2.|
|Responsible ADB Officer||Lisack, Valerie|
|Responsible ADB Department||Southeast Asia Department|
|Responsible ADB Division||Transport and Communications Division, SERD|
Vietnam Expressway Corporation
Hamlet 2, Linh Nam Ward
Hoang Mai District, Hanoi
|MRM||16 Sep 2015|
|Approval||20 May 2016|
|Last Review Mission||-|
|Last PDS Update||31 Mar 2017|
|Approval||Signing Date||Effectivity Date||Closing|
|20 May 2016||09 Jan 2017||05 May 2017||30 Jun 2020||-||-|
|Financing Plan||Loan Utilization|
|Total (Amount in US$ million)||Date||ADB||Others||Net Percentage|
|Project Cost||639.82||Cumulative Contract Awards|
|ADB||286.00||20 May 2016||0.00||0.00||0%|
|Cofinancing||305.52||20 May 2016||0.00||0.00||0%|
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|Title||Document Type||Document Date|
|Project Agreement for Loan 3391-VIE: Greater Mekong Subregion Ben Luc-Long Thanh Expressway Project - Loan 2||Project/Program Agreements||Jan 2017|
|Loan Agreement (Ordinary Operations) for Loan 3391-VIE: Greater Mekong Subregion Ben Luc-Long Thanh Expressway Project - Loan 2||Loan Agreement (Ordinary Resources)||Jan 2017|
|Dự án Đường cao tốc Bến Lức – Long Thành Tiểu vùng Mê-kông mở rộng – Giai đoạn 2: Bảng Dữ liệu Dự án||Translated PDS||Jun 2016|
|GMS Ben Luc–Long Thanh Expressway Project (Tranche 2): Periodic Financing Request Report||Periodic Financing Request Reports||May 2016|
|GMS Ben Luc–Long Thanh Expressway Project (Tranche 2): Procurement Plan||Procurement Plans||Mar 2016|
|Greater Mekong Subregion Ben Luc–Long Thanh Expressway Project (Tranche 2): Tranche Report||Tranche Reports||Oct 2015|
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