Georgia : Sustainable Urban Transport Investment Program - Tranche 4
The Asian Development Bank is working with Georgia to develop sustainable urban infrastructure that improves the environment and quality of life. The program is investing in sustainable transport systems and other urban infrastructure. Project 4 is financing protection works to halt erosion along a 5 km stretch of coastline in Batumi, a key tourist center for both domestic and overseas visitors.
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|Project Name||Sustainable Urban Transport Investment Program - Tranche 4|
|Country / Economy||Georgia
|Project Type / Modality of Assistance||Loan
|Source of Funding / Amount||
|Strategic Agendas||Environmentally sustainable growth
Inclusive economic growth
|Drivers of Change||Gender Equity and Mainstreaming
Governance and capacity development
|Sector / Subsector||
Transport / Urban public transport - Urban roads and traffic management
Water and other urban infrastructure and services / Other urban services
|Gender Equity and Mainstreaming||Some gender elements|
ADB approved a multitranche financing facility (MFF) for the Sustainable Urban Transport Investment Program for an aggregate amount not exceeding $300 million in July 2010.
Project 4 consists of one subproject and non-physical components: (i) Batumi coastal protection (5 km) to defend urban infrastructure and roads against severe erosion; (ii) setup of a management information system for the executing agency; and (iii) consulting services for feasibility studies and detailed engineering design for sustainable urban transport projects. The subcomponents are in line with the selection criteria of the Investment Program.
|Project Rationale and Linkage to Country/Regional Strategy||
The government envisions the cities as engine of economic growth and job creation. The government emphasizes city cluster development and the delivery of quality infrastructure and urban services. These are considered essential to increase quality of life, attract investment, and increase productivity and competitiveness. The strategic vision is shared by all
municipalities. In this regard, the government has been working out an urban and regional renewal strategy and has been supporting the business plan to attract private investments.
In line with the sector roadmap prepared for the MFF, these operational plans are now detailed in all regions and cities with the support of the international community. Urban transport, with the other urban services, constitutes the core of this strategy. The policy reform framework outlined in 2010 is still valid and is being implemented and rolled out. It promotes competition, private sector involvement, efficiency, fairness, transparency, environmental sustainability, value for money with regard to capital investment, maintenance, and sound service provision. With regard to urban infrastructure, the sector roadmap priorities approved on 21 June 2010 are to: (i) complete and upgrade the road network; (ii) develop public transport and non-motorized transport to reduce pollution, noise, and traffic crashes; and (iii) improve living conditions in urban areas. These strategic objectives are fully consistent with the country partnership strategy approved in 2014 and with ADB's sustainable transport objectives.
As part of the MFF, the government is requesting ADB for a fourth tranche to help it address the urban infrastructure problem within the framework of the urban renewal strategy.
The policy reform framework has been actively implemented in Tbilisi under Tranche 1.
Improved urban environment, local economy and living conditions within urban areas.
|Description of Outcome||
Efficient, reliable and affordable urban transport services provided in relevant cities.
|Progress Toward Outcome||To be assessed.|
|Description of Project Outputs||
Urban transport infrastructure extended, rehabilitated, and improved by the Municipal Development Fund of Georgia (MDF) and relevant municipalities.
Institutional and management capacity of MDF strengthened.
Skilled and experienced units to oversee the management and implementation of the program in MDF established.
|Status of Implementation Progress (Outputs, Activities, and Issues)||
Integrated management information
system is set up in MDF.
MDF prepared the Tranche 5 to improve the safety of the Tbilisi Metro.
Work is ongoing.
|Summary of Environmental and Social Aspects|
Disclosed in the ADB website on 24 April 2015.
|Involuntary Resettlement||The project is categorized as C for land acquisition and resettlement. The project is not expected to include land acquisition and resettlement as defined under the ADB's SPS 2009. In case some unforeseen impacts occur during the project implementation, the land acquisition and resettlement framework would apply.|
|Indigenous Peoples||The project is categorized as C and is not expected to affect indigenous peoples as defined under the ADB's SPS 2009.|
|Stakeholder Communication, Participation, and Consultation|
|During Project Design||Consultations were carried out with all the stakeholders during Tranche preparation, with local residents and civil society. Stakeholders were informed about the subprojects, and information will continue to be provided during implementation of the project. Consultations were also held at various levels of government, including Ministry of Regional Development and Infrastructure, Batumi Municipality, local governments at the rayon (district municipality) level.|
|During Project Implementation||Ongoing.|
|Consulting Services||(i) Financial Audit with estimated value of $200,000 exclusive of taxes through LCS; (ii) Safeguards Monitoring and Individual Consultants with estimated value of $300,000 exclusive of taxes through ICS; (iii)_Project Preparation and Engineering design for Kobuleti coastal protection, recreational area and bicycle lanes with estimated value of $950,000 exclusive of taxes through QCBS (90:10); and (iv) Project Preparation and Engineering design for urban transport projects with estimated value of 1,170,000 through QCBS (90:10).|
|Procurement||(i) Batumi Coastal Protection with estimated value of $11,757,000 exclusive of taxes through ICB (works); and (ii) Integrated Management Information System with estimated value of $250,000 exclusive of taxes through ICB (goods).|
|Responsible ADB Officer||Tskhvitava, Avtandil|
|Responsible ADB Department||Central and West Asia Department|
|Responsible ADB Division||Georgia Resident Mission|
Municipal Development Fund of Georgia
|MRM||20 May 2015|
|Approval||25 Aug 2015|
|Last Review Mission||-|
|Last PDS Update||27 Sep 2018|
|Approval||Signing Date||Effectivity Date||Closing|
|25 Aug 2015||26 Oct 2015||08 Jan 2016||30 Jun 2020||18 Jul 2020||21 Apr 2021|
|Financing Plan||Loan Utilization|
|Total (Amount in US$ million)||Date||ADB||Others||Net Percentage|
|Project Cost||24.00||Cumulative Contract Awards|
|ADB||20.00||05 Oct 2022||18.53||0.00||100%|
|Cofinancing||0.00||05 Oct 2022||18.53||0.00||100%|
|Status of Covenants|
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Safeguard Documents See also: Safeguards
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Evaluation Documents See also: Independent Evaluation
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ADB Extends $20 Million to Protect Vulnerable Batumi CoastlineADB has approved a $20 million loan to stem coastal erosion around the popular Black Sea tourist destination of Batumi.
|Title||Document Type||Document Date|
|Sustainable Urban Transport Investment Program - Tranche 4: Procurement Plan||Procurement Plans||May 2017|