ADB is helping Tajikistan upgrade a vital road linking the capital Dushanbe with the Uzbekistan border. The road is part of the Central Asia Regional Economic Cooperation Corridor 3 that spans almost 7,000 kilometers from the Russian Federation in the north to the Persian Gulf in the south. The 62-km highway passes through two major economic areas - the Gissar Valley and the town of Tursunzade.
|Project Name||CAREC Corridor 3 (Dushanbe-Uzbekistan Border) Improvement Project|
|Project Type / Modality of Assistance||Grant
|Source of Funding / Amount||
|Strategic Agendas||Inclusive economic growth
|Drivers of Change||Governance and capacity development
Private sector development
|Sector / Subsector||
Transport - Road transport (non-urban)
|Gender Equity and Mainstreaming||Effective gender mainstreaming|
|Description||CAREC Corridor 3 covers almost 7,000 km of roads and runs across Central Asia in the north-south direction, linking the Russian Federation to the Persian Gulf. The corridor serves as a main conduit for regional and international trade. The project will complete the corridor's missing link in Tajikistan's territory - the section from Dushanbe to the Uzbekistan border. This will help further reduce transport cost and travel time, and increase regional and transit trade.|
|Project Rationale and Linkage to Country/Regional Strategy||
The project is part of the government's 2010-2011 Public Investment Program and fits with the ADB country partnership strategy for Tajikistan 2010-2014. It is also an integral part of the CAREC transport and trade facilitation strategy and action plan, 2008-2018. The regional dimension is now fully embedded in national planning in Tajikistan.
The road is part of the Central Asia Regional Economic Cooperation (CAREC) Corridor 3 that spans almost 7,000 km from the Russian Federation in the north to the Persian Gulf in the south. The 62-km highway passes through the Gissar Valley and the town of Tursunzade, two major economic areas in Tajikistan. Gissar Valley has the largest agricultural output in the country, producing cotton, grain, fruits, and vegetables. Tursunzade is home to Central Asia's largest aluminum processing plant and several small light industry clusters. Tajikistan depends on this road corridor for investment, job creation, trade and ultimately economic growth and poverty reduction.
|Impact||Increased national and regional trade, and further economic growth.|
|Description of Outcome||Improved connectivity and mobility along the Tajikistan sections of CAREC Corridor 3|
|Progress Toward Outcome||Main works on the Dushanbe to Uzbekistan border section including works at Gissar access road are completed (including small works at 3 resettlement sites). Physical works at Dusti border crossing are also completed, with weighbridge installed and operational. Problems with sourcing and installing traffic lights have been settled at grant closing. Project accounts were financially closed effective 8 August 2016.|
|Description of Project Outputs||
1. Reconstructed and upgraded Dushanbe-Tursunzade-Uzbekistan border road sections of CAREC Corridor 3
2. Improved infrastructure and facilities at the Dusti border crossing point
3. Gender and border communities developed
4. Improved road operations
5. Due diligence report for the ensuing Project
|Status of Implementation Progress (Outputs, Activities, and Issues)||
The international road maintenance specialist commenced the work on 2 September 2013. The improvement of MOT website to include information such as current and planned projects, road transport conditions has been completed in June 2015. A national web designer was engaged on 1 September 2013 to revise and upgrade MOT website.
The contract management specialist was mobilized in December 2013. The final report on improving contracting modalities, contract processing, and contract performance monitoring has been submitted to MOT in August 2014.
Consultants were recruited for implementing the gender action plan (1 national consultant and 2 NGOs). 139 recipients have been selected to receive grants which were distributed before the grant closing date in Mar 2016. These female entrepreneurs received required training and funds for investing in their chosen businesses. The EA will continue monitoring proper usage of grant funds by beneficiary female entrepreneurs.
Works on the main Dushanbe to Uzbekistan border section were completed. Site plan of sidewalks, footpaths, and under-crossings have been prepared and included in the civil works contract. A variation to the main civil works contract was approved in Dec 2014 to include Gissar Access Road. Works at Gissar have been completed and the road was officially opened, including works on the resettlement sites.
Physical works at Dusti border crossing were also completed. The procurement of weighbridge using shopping procedure concluded on 29 May 2014. The weigh bridge was installed and operational in February 2015. Goods package of a mobile vehicle scanner was awarded on 16 December 2011. The scanner was delivered to project site in June 2012 and the user acceptance test completed in September 2012. Civil works package to improve and extend the buildings at the border post was awarded in July 2012. The Government has issued instructions to Barki Tajik to construct distribution line connecting the Dusti border crossing point to a reliable power supply in 2013 and 2014, respectively. Reliable supply of electricity to border crossing point was confirmed by engineer during site visit in February 2015.
|Geographical Location||Districts of Republican Subordination|
|Summary of Environmental and Social Aspects|
|Environmental Aspects||The project includes the road widening section from the West Gate to Tursunzade (km 5 km 50). The project does not pass through any environmentally sensitive areas. The project executing agency prepared an environmental impact assessment, which ADB disclosed on its website. Significant impacts associated with the project are typical of a road project which includes traffic disruption, traffic noise, vibration, and air quality. Mitigation measures for all impacts are included in, and will be implemented through, the environmental management plan. The design features an improved road surface, which will lessen traffic noise and limit progressive degradation.|
|Involuntary Resettlement||Civil works will entail significant land acquisition and involuntary resettlement impact with about 376 households to be affected because of the road widening. The project executing agency prepared a land acquisition and resettlement plan, which ADB disclosed on its website. The project executing agency will be responsible for meeting all ADB safeguards requirements. ADB will directly select an external reviewer to monitor resettlement and compensation progress, and provide training on safeguards to mitigate potential risks.|
|Indigenous Peoples||The project affects neither indigenous peoples nor vulnerable groups.|
|Stakeholder Communication, Participation, and Consultation|
|During Project Design||Farmers, entrepreneurs and traders, workers, local communities, central and local governments, nongovernment organizations (NGOs), personnel of public enterprises and state institutions (particularly the aluminum plant), unemployed, pensioners, and others associated with the proposed project area. In addition, President's office; Ministry of Finance; Ministry of Foreign Economic Relations, Investment and Trade; Customs Service Department; Land Committee; Environmental Committee; District Architect; District Committee on Women and Family Affairs; Divisional Roads Office. EBRD, JICA, OSCE, UNODP, USAID, IsDB, Embassy of PRC, and the World Bank were consulted to build multi-stakeholder coalition for the project. All developing partners agree with the importance of the Project.|
|During Project Implementation||Local communities, project affected persons, central and local governments, nongovernment organizations, and others associated with the proposed project area are being consulted as needed from time to time.|
|Consulting Services||A suitably qualified international project management consultants will be recruited through international competition|
|Procurement||Two major procurement packages are envisaged for the civil works and one procurement package for goods and equipment. International competitive bidding will be conducted.|
|Responsible ADB Officer||Samukhin, Oleg|
|Responsible ADB Department||Central and West Asia Department|
|Responsible ADB Division||Transport and Communications Division, CWRD|
Ministry of Transport
14, Aini Street
|Concept Clearance||07 Jun 2010|
|Fact Finding||13 Aug 2010 to 29 Aug 2010|
|MRM||27 Sep 2010|
|Approval||18 Jan 2011|
|Last Review Mission||-|
|PDS Creation Date||08 Jan 2010|
|Last PDS Update||20 Sep 2016|
|Approval||Signing Date||Effectivity Date||Closing|
|18 Jan 2011||20 Jan 2011||19 Feb 2011||31 Jul 2015||30 Mar 2016||08 Aug 2016|
|Financing Plan||Grant Utilization|
|Total (Amount in US$ million)||Date||ADB||Others||Net Percentage|
|Project Cost||154.30||Cumulative Contract Awards|
|ADB||120.00||18 Jan 2011||119.94||0.00||100%|
|Cofinancing||0.00||18 Jan 2011||119.94||0.00||100%|
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