Afghanistan: Road Network Development Investment Program - Tranche 2

Sovereign Project | 42095-032 Status: Active

Summary

ADB is helping Afghanistan improve its road network, which is the country’s primary transport infrastructure. The program’s second tranche will rehabilitate 90 kilometers of the Qaisar-Bala Murghab section of the Herat-Andkhoy road and construct approximately 143 km of the Bala Murghab-Laman section. The project will also improve communities' access to social services and basic infrastructure.

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Project Name Road Network Development Investment Program - Tranche 2
Project Number 42095-032
Country Afghanistan
Project Status Active
Project Type / Modality of Assistance Grant
Source of Funding / Amount
Grant 0244-AFG: MFF - Road Network Development Investment Program, Tranche 2
Asian Development Fund US$ 310.00 million
Grant 0291-AFG: Road Network Development Investment Program - Tranche 2
Afghanistan Infrastructure Trust Fund US$ 30.00 million
Strategic Agendas Inclusive economic growth
Drivers of Change Governance and capacity development
Partnerships
Sector / Subsector

Transport - Road transport (non-urban)

Gender Equity and Mainstreaming No gender elements
Description

The primary objective of the Project is to improve the road network which is the primary medium of transport.

The Project comprises the following:

1. Rehabilitation of the Qaisar-Bala Murghab section (90 km) of the Herat-Andkhoy road, including the related civil works, overall project and contract management, construction supervision and monitoring, security arrangements and related community development works.

2. Construction of the Bala Murghab-Laman section (approximately 143 km), including the related civil works, overall project and contract management, construction supervision and monitoring, security arrangements and related community development works.

Project Rationale and Linkage to Country/Regional Strategy

Being the only missing link in the ring road, Qaisar-Bala Murghab-Laman section is the government's top priority and is ranked first among the investment priorities of the road improvement master plan. The section forms part of the key corridors under the Central Asia Regional Economic Cooperation (CAREC) Program. Without completion of this missing link, the ring road is unable to fully perform its intended role as the backbone of the national transport system and principal conduit for national and international passenger and freight traffic.

The physical investments under this Project have been appraised and found to be complying with the MFF eligibility criteria, as it is (i) programmed under the Afghanistan National Development Strategy (ANDS) and part of a strategic international and regional corridor; (ii) in line with ADB's country partnership strategy; (iii) the goverment's priority; and (iv) socially, environmentally, and economically viable. The improved and expanded road network will increase connectivity, raise intercity travel speeds, create conditions for more regional freight and passengers transport services, cut operating costs, develop safer roads, thereby allowing people and goods to move efficiently from one part of the country to another, and to neighboring countries. The Project will benefit the country as a whole, including investment and job creation conditions in the regions and rural areas. Roads will contribute indirectly to stability and security in the remote parts of the country and will improve communities' access to social services and infrastructure.

Impact Increased national trade in, and transit trade through, Afghanistan.

Project Outcome

Description of Outcome An efficient, safe, reliable, road network developed in western Afghanistan.
Progress Toward Outcome

The procurement documents to resume balance of works for Sections 1 & 2 were issued to the direct contractor, ASM JV on 25 May 2016 with deadline of submission on 7 June 2016. Its bid was expected to be submitted end of June 2016 for ADB's evaluation and approval. Task Force meetings on this procurement package were held on 31 July, 2 and 15 August 2016 and ADB was requested for revaluation. ADB responded to either validate the previous evaluation or go for open tendering and government to officially communicate it is position to ADB.

The remaining design of Sections 1 & 2 will be carried out the by the Engineer. A consulting firm will be recruited to carry out the detailed design of Sections 3-6 while the civil works for these sections will be repackaged and retendered.

Implementation Progress
Description of Project Outputs

1. The Qaisar-Bala Murghab-Laman section of the ring road constructed and reconstructed with quality and within budget.

2. Provision of basic infrastructure needs for about 100 local communities.

Status of Implementation Progress (Outputs, Activities, and Issues)

Road project experienced delays . Implementation delayed mainly due to security reasons which eventually led to stoppage of civil works and contract termination by the Contractor. New contract will be procured within 2016. Extension of completion date from December 2016 to December 2017 will be sought.

Women's infrastrtucture needs are included among the 72 Community outreach and development projects in Sec-1 and 2 to be implemented by NGO Afghan Social Development & Training Organization (ASDTO) but were also affected by work stoppage. The implementation of community development projects will be resumed also when the project is back on track.

Previously, 72 community development subprojects that will benefit 80 communities were approved but were also affected by work stoppage. The EA has to ensure that community development projects will also resume later when the project is back on track.

Geographical Location Qaisar-Bala Murghab-Laman

Safeguard Categories

Environment B
Involuntary Resettlement B
Indigenous Peoples C

Summary of Environmental and Social Aspects

Environmental Aspects The Project is classified category B. The initial environmental examination (IEE) prepared according to ADB's Environment Policy (2002) and Environmental Assessment Guidelines (2003) found that there will be no major long-term adverse impact on the environment. Short-term impacts are considered insignificant and temporary and will be mitigated through the implementation of an environmental management plan (EMP).
Involuntary Resettlement The Project is being implemented under a design-build contract as envisgaed. The detailed engineering design will be prepared by the civil works contractor. The land acquisition and resettlement plan (LARP) will be updated based on the detailed engineering design. Civil works in the affected areas will commence only after the Land Acquisition and Resettlement Plan (LARP) approved by ADB has been implemented.
Indigenous Peoples Given the multiethnic or multitribal nature of the state in Afghanistan, the project does not affect indigenous peoples and is classified as category C for indigenous peoples.
Stakeholder Communication, Participation, and Consultation
During Project Design Consultation sessions were conducted with local stakeholders and likely project affects persons through the assistance of provincial governors. The benefits from construction of the road sections to be funded under the project was explained. The consultation sessions were open for all to share and exchange views, ideas and experiences. The main issues discussed were with respect to affected land, prices of land, the process for compensation, and potential employment opportunities for the local people (both skilled and unskilled) resultant of the forthcoming project implementation.
During Project Implementation Consultation will continue throughout implementation of the Project. The EA, through regular field visits and the use of specialists, will implement the Project. Disclosure or relevant information will continue throughout implementation of the Project.

Business Opportunities

Consulting Services The Project will require a total of 1,755 person-months (606 person-months international and 1,149 person-months national) of consulting services. Consultants will be recruited and engaged in accordance with ADB's Guidelines on the Use of Consultants (2010, as amended from time to time). A consulting firm will be selected as PMSC to oversee project implementation, using the quality- and cost-based (90:10 ratios) selection method and full technical proposals. PMSC will carry out the tasks of design review and construction supervision.
Procurement The Project will procure one combined civil works contract for the entire Qaisar-Laman section by selecting a competent contractor with the required resources. The civil works contract will follow international competitive bidding procedures.

Responsible Staff

Responsible ADB Officer Witoon Tawisook
Responsible ADB Department Central and West Asia Department
Responsible ADB Division Transport and Communications Division, CWRD
Executing Agencies
Ministry of Public Works
First Macrorayan
Kabul,
Islamic Republic of Afghanistan

Timetable

Concept Clearance 09 Jun 2008
Fact Finding -
MRM 24 Aug 2010
Approval 21 Dec 2010
Last Review Mission -
PDS Creation Date 03 Sep 2009
Last PDS Update 27 Sep 2016

Grant 0244-AFG

Milestones
Approval Signing Date Effectivity Date Closing
Original Revised Actual
21 Dec 2010 18 Jan 2011 12 Sep 2011 31 Dec 2016 - -
Financing Plan Grant Utilization
Total (Amount in US$ million) Date ADB Others Net Percentage
Project Cost 316.64 Cumulative Contract Awards
ADB 310.00 21 Dec 2010 285.73 0.00 92%
Counterpart 6.64 Cumulative Disbursements
Cofinancing 0.00 21 Dec 2010 89.51 0.00 29%
Status of Covenants
Category Sector Safeguards Social Financial Economic Others
Rating - Satisfactory - - - Satisfactory

Grant 0291-AFG

Milestones
Approval Signing Date Effectivity Date Closing
Original Revised Actual
29 May 2012 30 May 2012 31 May 2012 31 Dec 2016 - 25 Sep 2013
Financing Plan Grant Utilization
Total (Amount in US$ million) Date ADB Others Net Percentage
Project Cost 30.00 Cumulative Contract Awards
ADB 0.00 29 May 2012 0.00 30.00 100%
Counterpart 0.00 Cumulative Disbursements
Cofinancing 30.00 29 May 2012 0.00 30.00 100%
Status of Covenants
Category Sector Safeguards Social Financial Economic Others
Rating - Satisfactory - - - Satisfactory

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