The Asian Development Bank is working with Armenia to invest in cities and job creation in partnership with private companies. The project is improving urban transport infrastructure in 12 Armenian cities, leading to more efficient, reliable, safer and affordable services.
|Project Name||Sustainable Urban Development Investment Program - Tranche 2|
|Project Type / Modality of Assistance||Loan
|Source of Funding / Amount||
|Strategic Agendas||Environmentally sustainable growth
Inclusive economic growth
|Drivers of Change||Governance and capacity development
|Sector / Subsector||
Transport - Urban roads and traffic management
|Gender Equity and Mainstreaming||Some gender elements|
|Description||The national government and YM have invested more than $280 million from 2005 to 2014 in upgrading infrastructure. But these investments, except for Tranche 1 of the Investment Program and some other piecemeal actions, are only addressing immediate problems. Tranche 1 and the proposed Tranche 2 will give a long-term approach to the traffic and urban infrastructure by diverting traffic from the city center through the creation of a new, reliable, and efficient bypass of the city of Yerevan. This is part of the strategic framework for urban renewal that YM has undertaken. The project is backed by a roadmap, policy framework, and long-term investment plan until 2025 split into short, medium, and long-term actions.|
|Project Rationale and Linkage to Country/Regional Strategy||
The turbulent conditions experienced by Armenia since independence has led to a wide range of problems in the urban transport subsector, including physical challenges due to the degraded state of the road network, sidewalks, and poor quality of public transport infrastructure and services including metro, bus and trolleybus. Other non-physical challenges include limited institutional capacity to provide an integrated transport network, a deteriorating road safety record and a lack of passenger information or integrated fares system. Improved urban road and street connections throughout the country is a priority for the government, as it is essential to improving the quality of life, attracting investment, raising productivity and competitiveness, and reducing pollution.
The sector roadmap prepared within the MFF includes a list of actions which aim to deal with different identified issues. These actions are integrated and inter-related projects, in order to implement a coherent development of the urban infrastructure and urban transport network in Yerevan and in subsequent tranches in other municipalities. The different infrastructures are developed in a holistic vision: the key issue is to propose complementary projects for all transport modes, especially road and public transport networks.
|Impact||improved road traffic safety and enhanced local economy in Yerevan.|
|Description of Outcome||efficient, reliable, and affordable urban infrastructure and services provided in Yerevan by 2020.|
|Progress Toward Outcome||Too early to assess outcome.|
|Description of Project Outputs||
Urban transport infrastructure extended, rehabilitated, and improved in Yerevan
Appropriate institutional capacity strengthened in Yerevan
Skilled and efficient program implementation system established.
|Status of Implementation Progress (Outputs, Activities, and Issues)||
One civil works contract awarded (Yerevan Western Ring Road) in March 2016. Contract of independent monitoring consultant signed in August 2016. Engagement of construction supervision consultant is ongoing.
The contract for the Davitashen-Ashtarak Link civil works package signed in December 2016.
|Summary of Environmental and Social Aspects|
|Environmental Aspects||Project 2 is categorized _B_ as it will not have significant irreversible environmental impacts during or after construction. Most of the predicted impacts are common during construction such as dust, noise, vibration and other disturbance to residents' livelihood and traffic. YM will require contractors to prepare, and implement the site specific environmental management plans for each subproject in order to implement the environmental impact mitigation requirements of the environmental impact assessment and IEEs, which will also form an integral part of construction contracts. The site specific environmental management plans will be endorsed by the construction supervision consultants, and subsequently reviewed and approved by supervision engineer and YM. The construction supervision consultants will assist YM in monitoring the project's compliance with environmental requirements.|
|Involuntary Resettlement||Tranche 2 has major impact from LARP perspective. The approximate total number of people who will suffer significant impacts (relocation or loss of >10% of productive assets) is more that 200, thus is categorized as Category A. The total number of properties affected is 347. Tranche 2 includes the following areas/Land Acquisition and Resettlement Plans (LARPs): (i) Argavand-Shirak Road Link. The LARP is implemented and the compliance report approved by ADB.; (ii) Babajanyan-Ashtarak Road Link, which includes 4 sections (sections 6-9). LARPs for Section 7-9 were approved by ADB and the Government of Armenia and are under implementation. LARP for Section 6 is under finalization.|
|Indigenous Peoples||The investment program area does not include communities that may be defined as indigenous peoples under ADB's SPS (2009).|
|Stakeholder Communication, Participation, and Consultation|
|During Project Design||Consultations will be carried out with all stakeholders during the planning, design and project implementation phases, and will include project affected persons, often excluded groups. Stakeholders, will be informed about the project, entitlements, obligations and compensation procedure for those affected by resettlement. Effective and meaningful communication and information sharing will be ensured.|
|During Project Implementation||During project implementation more detailed consultations are being held, covering safeguards (environment, resettlement), the project, safety, and complaints.|
|Consulting Services||Contract for construction supervision consultant to oversee the implementation of the works contracts under the Project 2 is signed in April 2017.|
|Procurement||As part of the advance procurement, the invitation for bids for the the Argavand -Shirak road link contract package was posted on 10 June 2015 and bid submission was on 7 August 2015. The contract with the winning bidder was signed on 16 March 2016.|
|Responsible ADB Officer||Llorens, Cesar|
|Responsible ADB Department||Central and West Asia Department|
|Responsible ADB Division||Armenia Resident Mission|
Ministry of Economy
5 M. Mkrtchian Street, Yerevan 375010
|MRM||25 Jun 2015|
|Approval||29 Sep 2015|
|Last Review Mission||-|
|Last PDS Update||31 Mar 2017|
|Approval||Signing Date||Effectivity Date||Closing|
|29 Sep 2015||13 Oct 2015||04 Mar 2016||30 Mar 2020||-||-|
|Financing Plan||Loan Utilization|
|Total (Amount in US$ million)||Date||ADB||Others||Net Percentage|
|Project Cost||150.31||Cumulative Contract Awards|
|ADB||112.97||29 Sep 2015||36.69||0.00||32%|
|Cofinancing||0.00||29 Sep 2015||14.15||0.00||13%|
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|Title||Document Type||Document Date|
|Sustainable Urban Development Investment Program - Tranche 2: Procurement Plan||Procurement Plans||Apr 2017|
|Loan Agreement (Ordinary Operations) for Loan 3293-ARM: Sustainable Urban Development Investment Program - Tranche 2||Loan Agreement (Ordinary Resources)||Oct 2015|
|Project Agreement for Loan 3293-ARM: Sustainable Urban Development Investment Program - Tranche 2||Project/Program Agreements||Oct 2015|
|Sustainable Urban Development Investment Program - Tranche 2: Periodic Financing Request Report||Periodic Financing Request Reports||Sep 2015|
|Քաղաքային կայուն զարգացման ներդրումային ծրագիր - Տրանշ 2 : Ծրագրի տեղեկատվական թերթիկ||Translated PDS||Aug 2015|
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