Regional: Regional Transport Development in South Asia

Sovereign Project | 44235-012 Status: Active


To prioritize and prepare projects for improving regional connectivity to promote regional cooperation and integration.

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Project Name Regional Transport Development in South Asia
Project Number 44235-012
Country Regional
Project Status Active
Project Type / Modality of Assistance Technical Assistance
Source of Funding / Amount
TA 7650-REG: Regional Transport Development in South Asia
Technical Assistance Special Fund US$ 1.10 million
Regional Cooperation and Integration Fund US$ 900,000.00
TA 7650-REG: Regional Transport Development in South Asia
Regional Cooperation and Integration Fund US$ 225,000.00
TA 7650-REG: Regional Transport Development in South Asia (Supplementary)
Technical Assistance Special Fund US$ 225,000.00
Strategic Agendas Inclusive economic growth
Regional integration
Drivers of Change Governance and capacity development
Sector / Subsector

Transport - Air transport - Rail transport (non-urban) - Road transport (non-urban) - Transport policies and institutional development - Water transport (non-urban)

Gender Equity and Mainstreaming Some gender elements
Description To prioritize and prepare projects for improving regional connectivity to promote regional cooperation and integration.
Project Rationale and Linkage to Country/Regional Strategy The current RCSP for South Asia aims at helping the region realize its full economic and social development potential including enabling South Asia to integrate its cooperation initiatives with the neighboring regions.
Impact Promoted regional cooperation and integration among South Asian countries

Project Outcome

Description of Outcome Investments of transport projects for subregional connectivity in South Asian countried promoted
Progress Toward Outcome Priority projects have been identified to be processed for ADB financing based on demand and timing, and proposed in SASEC Trade Facilitation and Transport Working Group Meetings.
Implementation Progress
Description of Project Outputs

(1) Regional transport sector study producing regional transport master plan

(2) Pre-feasibility studies for high priority regional projects

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

1) - Missions and field visits were made to several transport border facilities in the four countries involved in the Study to gather information from Government officials and impacted community representatives and to investigate and better understand the regional transport issues facing transit transport traffic crossing the borders of Bangladesh, Bhutan and Nepal with India. Assessment missions were conducted by consultants for environment, social, engineering, transport logistics, customs, and trade.

- Regional traffic survey and infrastructure inventory survey are completed.

2) - The list of high-priority projects (HPPs) has been finalized after discussions with ADB on December 2011 in Delhi. The list of HPP has been divided into urgent priority projects (in particular land customs stations in Panitaki (IND), Burimari (BAN) and Benapole (BAN) and less urgent projects, as identified by ADB.

a. Bangladesh. Feasibility study was submitted for Benapole and Burimari Land Ports in May 2012, which has resulted in part of ADB financing under Loan 2949-BAN: SASEC Road Connectivity Project approved in 2012.

b. India. Feasibility study was prepared for Panitanki and Jaigaon (at Bolanchopati) land customs stations (LCS), which has resulted in the funding by the Government of India for Panitanki and Jaigaon (at Bolanchopati) LCS. Prefeasibility study was prepared for enhancing the impact of the state roads improvement in Manipur state financed under Loan 3118-IND: SASEC Road Connectivity Investment Program approved on April 2014.

c. Bhutan. Feasibility study was prepared for Bhutan for Phuentsholing mini dry port and Pasakha access road (border points to India), which has resulted in part of ADB financing under Loan 3149-BHU/Grant 0400-BHU: SASEC Road Connectivity Project in Bhutan approved on 31 July 2014.

d. Nepal. After the earthquake on 25 April 2015, a resource person was mobilized to assess the earthquake damage to the Tribhuvan International Airport (TIA) and the ADB financing needs. An Airport Engineering Consultant is currently engaged to review the preliminary designs for the proposed enhancement of the TIA.

Geographical Location Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Nepal

Summary of Environmental and Social Aspects

Environmental Aspects
Involuntary Resettlement
Indigenous Peoples
Stakeholder Communication, Participation, and Consultation
During Project Design The TA was based on past efforts in identifying regional transport projects among South Asian countries such as the SRMTS and BTILS. The TA will assist participating countries in prioritizing and preparing transport projects which form part of regional transport corridors and networks identified in earlier regional studies.
During Project Implementation A steering committee (or SASEC Transport Working Group) comprising senior officials of transport ministries/agencies from participating countries, will be responsible for supervising the TA activities in their respective countries and for ensuring effective coordination with ADB in the TA implementation. Each country will designate a focal agency to (i) liaise with relevant government agencies to collect information and other inputs for the TA, (ii) make the necessary arrangements for the conduct of a national consultative workshop, and (iii) provide office facilities and support staff for the TA.

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Consulting Services

Being carried out by a firm of consultants comprising experts on transport planning, logistics and supply chain management, trade economics, traffic engineer-cum-economist, engineering in transport infrastructure, customs, environment, social development and resettlement.

Additional inputs for project management and technical assessments are carried out by individual consultants.

Responsible Staff

Responsible ADB Officer Sakai, Tsuneyuki
Responsible ADB Department South Asia Department
Responsible ADB Division Transport and Communications Division, SARD
Executing Agencies
Asian Development Bank
Hiroaki Yamaguchi
[email protected]
6 ADB Avenue, Mandaluyong City 1550, Philippines


Concept Clearance 23 Jun 2010
Fact Finding 23 Aug 2010 to 09 Sep 2010
Approval 16 Nov 2010
Last Review Mission -
PDS Creation Date 12 Jul 2010
Last PDS Update 27 Sep 2016

TA 7650-REG

Approval Signing Date Effectivity Date Closing
Original Revised Actual
16 Nov 2010 - 16 Nov 2010 30 Sep 2012 31 Dec 2017 -
Financing Plan/TA Utilization Cumulative Disbursements
ADB Cofinancing Counterpart Total Date Amount
Gov Beneficiaries Project Sponsor Others
2,450,000.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 2,450,000.00 16 Nov 2010 2,296,366.10
Title Document Type Document Date
Regional Transport Development in South Asia Technical Assistance Reports Oct 2010

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