The study will focus on the northern part of Afghanistan and will assess the long-term traffic demand and the sector's capacity, review available options, and develop recommendations for the Government. The TA will carry out technical, social, environmental, financial, and economic assessments for two major routes: (i) from Hairatan at the border with Uzbekistan to Herat in the west via Mazar-e-Sharif, and (ii) from Shirkhan Bendar at the border with Tajikistan via Kunduz to Naibabad joining Mazar-e-Sharif to Herat.
|Project Name||Railway Development Study|
|Project Type / Modality of Assistance||Technical Assistance
|Source of Funding / Amount||
|Strategic Agendas||Inclusive economic growth
|Drivers of Change||Governance and capacity development
|Sector / Subsector||
Transport - Rail transport (non-urban)
|Gender Equity and Mainstreaming||Effective gender mainstreaming|
|Description||The study will focus on the northern part of Afghanistan and will assess the long-term traffic demand and the sector's capacity, review available options, and develop recommendations for the Government. The TA will carry out technical, social, environmental, financial, and economic assessments for two major routes: (i) from Hairatan at the border with Uzbekistan to Herat in the west via Mazar-e-Sharif, and (ii) from Shirkhan Bendar at the border with Tajikistan via Kunduz to Naibabad joining Mazar-e-Sharif to Herat.|
|Project Rationale and Linkage to Country/Regional Strategy||The TA is linked to the Central Asia Regional Economic Cooperation (CAREC) Transport and Trade Facilitation Strategy, endorsed at the 6th Ministerial Conference in November 2007. The implementation Action Plan for the strategy endorsed at the 7th Ministerial Conference in November 2008 focuses on the development of the six CAREC corridors and prioritizes investments and technical assistance (TA) projects covering a 10-year period of 2008_2017. The TA is included in the Action Plan (Appendix 3) for Afghanistan.|
|Impact||Contribution to sustainable economic growth and poverty reduction in the country as well as to regional cooperation and integration by facilitating intra- and interregional trade along the CAREC transport corridors 3 and 6. It will enhance Afghanistan's economic competitiveness and provide all-year accessibility to its neighbors.|
|Description of Outcome||Development of an affordable, safe, efficient, and sustainable railway system in the northern region of Afghanistan.|
|Progress Toward Outcome||Phase 1 study completed and resulted in a Project.|
|Description of Project Outputs||Study on railway development in the northern part of Afghanistan undertaken.|
|Status of Implementation Progress (Outputs, Activities, and Issues)||
Phase II study completed and phase III is in progress
TA final report with phase I and II studies submitted
|Geographical Location||Northern part of Afghanistan.|
|Summary of Environmental and Social Aspects|
|Stakeholder Communication, Participation, and Consultation|
|During Project Design|
|During Project Implementation|
|Consulting Services||The TA require a total of 66 person-months of consultants' inputs (22 person-months international and 44 person-months national). ADB will select and engage the consultants in accordance with its Guidelines on the Use of Consultants (2007, as amended from time to time), using the quality- and cost-based selection (QCBS) method and simplified technical proposal procedures.|
|Responsible ADB Officer||Bathula, Balabhaskara Reddy|
|Responsible ADB Department||Central and West Asia Department|
|Responsible ADB Division||Transport and Communications Division, CWRD|
Ministry of Public Works
Abdul Qudus Hamidi
Ministry of Public Works, Kabul
|Concept Clearance||10 Dec 2008|
|Fact Finding||11 Mar 2009 to 25 Mar 2009|
|Approval||27 Mar 2009|
|Last Review Mission||-|
|PDS Creation Date||16 Dec 2008|
|Last PDS Update||21 Feb 2011|
|Approval||Signing Date||Effectivity Date||Closing|
|27 Mar 2009||21 Apr 2009||21 Apr 2009||30 Apr 2010||30 Apr 2011||-|
|Financing Plan/TA Utilization||Cumulative Disbursements|
|1,900,000.00||0.00||60,000.00||0.00||0.00||0.00||1,960,000.00||27 Mar 2009||1,575,206.32|
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|Title||Document Type||Document Date|
|Hairatan to Mazar-e-Sharif Railway Development Project||Environmental Assessment and Measures||Aug 2009|
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