ADB is helping the Kyrgyz Republic to continue upgrading a major transport corridor that serves as its main trading link with the People's Republic of China. The second rehabilitation project on the Bishkek-Torugart Road will upgrade 75 kilometers of a two-lane road, build a border control facility, and provide training and skills development for road engineering graduates of local universities.
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Grant 0153/Loan 2533-KGZ: CAREC Transport Corridor I (Bishkek-Torugart Road) Project 2
Project Type / Modality of Assistance
Source of Funding / Amount
Grant 0153-KGZ: CAREC Transport Corridor I (Bishkek-Torugart Road) Project 2
Concessional ordinary capital resources / Asian Development Fund
Loan 2533-KGZ: CAREC Transport Corridor I (Bishkek-Torugart Road) Project 2
Concessional ordinary capital resources / Asian Development Fund
Inclusive economic growth Regional integration
Drivers of Change
Governance and capacity development
Sector / Subsector
- Road transport (non-urban)
Gender Equity and Mainstreaming
Some gender elements
The CAREC Transport Corridor I (Bishkek-Torugart Road) Project II will continue the rehabilitation work on the section from km 439 to km 476, next to Project I. It will also help the design of remaining sections of the thoroughfare to be completed and the transport sector masterplan to be implemented on time. These would help the government to continue working towards the corridor improvement target of 2013, and the national goals set out in the country development strategy (2007-2010). Additionally, in the longer term, it would contribute to the realization of the CAREC vision.
It has 2 components: The physical component includes rehabilitating 75km of the Bishkek-Torugart Road and constructing a facility for managing international (cross border) passenger and freight movements to and from the PRC. The non-physical component is for implementing the human resource development measures recommended in the transport sector masterplan being prepared under Grant 0123-KGZ.
Project Rationale and Linkage to Country/Regional Strategy
The Project will facilitate trade and improve national and regional connectivity. More than 70% of the Kyrgyz Republic's trade is regional-with Kazakhstan, the Russian Federation, and PRC-and 50% moves by road. However, the corridor is in poor condition and vehicles can travel at only an estimated average speed of 50 km per hour, and are frequently interrupted by snow and rain. Rehabilitating the road will increase speed and reliability of passenger and freight flows and create business opportunities in the adjacent area, one of the poorest parts of the country. The investment will also cut transport costs.
Increased regional trade and reduced poverty in Naryn oblast.
Description of Outcome
Higher accessibility and mobility.
Progress Toward Outcome
Achievement of outcome to be assessed one year after project implementation.
Description of Project Outputs
Improved pavement in 75 km of 2-lane road (km 365 to 400 and km 439 to 479) to Category III standards, and improved bridges and inspections facility (border control)
A development program for road sector professionals implemented according to the human resource development component of the transport sector master plan
Improved pavement in 6 km of 2-lane At-Bashy Road (km 4.2 to km 10.2)
Status of Implementation Progress (Outputs, Activities, and Issues)
All project components were completed. Site clean up will be completed in May 2015. Post construction environmental audit will be conducted in May 2015.
Summary of Environmental and Social Aspects
Post construction environmental audit will be done in May 2015.
No resettlement or land acquisition issue is expected.
The population in the project area consisting of 99% Kyrgyz and other nationalities are integrated in the same economic and social structure.
Stakeholder Communication, Participation, and Consultation
During Project Design
During the project preparation-feasibility studies, environmental study, and social surveys-the Government, nongovernment organizations, local communities, road users, external aid agencies, and other project stakeholders were asked their needs and expectations. The consultants and ADB's project team explained to them the road alignment, transport services, and the expected impacts and outcomes of the Project. There was a high degree of support from all parties, both private and public, individuals and groups.
During Project Implementation
Similar meetings have been held throughout project implementation, and concerns and suggestions were used to improve the project impact.
Supervision consultant of the civil works will also provide training in various aspects of road construction and maintenance for MOTC staff.
A private firm has been recruited to perform annual financial audits of the Project accounts.
Services of national and international individual consultants or international firms will be procured from time to time to assist PIU staff in special circumstances or to handle complex issues.
All consulting services that were financed by ADB have followed ADB's Guidelines on the Use of Consultants.
Civil works have been packaged into two contracts (Contract 1: km365 to km400 and Contract 2: km439 to km479), which was procured using ICB procedures. These two contracts have been awarded and followed ADB's Procurement Guidelines.
Responsible ADB Officer
Trace, Fergal R.
Responsible ADB Department
Central and West Asia Department
Responsible ADB Division
Transport and Communications Division, CWRD
Ministry of Transport and Roads Mr. K. Mamaev 42 Isanova Street, Bishkek, Kyrgyz republic