ADB is helping India upgrade 254 kilometers of severely deteriorated highways in northern and southern Bihar. The additional financing will be used to widen highways to two lanes, build and maintain bridges, and strengthen pavement. Road design will be improved to help address future flooding. The project will also help prepare a 20-year road master plan for Bihar and provide road safety training.
|Project Name||Bihar State Highways II Project - Additional Financing|
|Project Type / Modality of Assistance||Loan
|Source of Funding / Amount||
|Strategic Agendas||Environmentally sustainable growth
Inclusive economic growth
|Drivers of Change|
|Sector / Subsector||
Transport - Road transport (non-urban)
|Gender Equity and Mainstreaming||Effective gender mainstreaming|
|Description||The project will expand the original Bihar State Highways II Project _Original Project_ output by rehabilitating and upgrading about 254 km of state highways in Bihar identified under the Bihar State Highways Development Program (BSHDP). These severely deteriorated highway sections are located in the very poor north and south parts of the state. The project will involve upgrading existing roads to two lanes, strengthening existing pavement, strengthening culverts and bridges, and constructing new bridges and cross-draining structures. Consulting services will be provided to supervise the implementation of civil works.|
|Project Rationale and Linkage to Country/Regional Strategy||The project will scale up the Original Project by further expanding the highway upgrading component by another 254 km. It will help achieve the full extent of the improvements envisaged under the Original Project by covering additional geographic areas in North and South Bihar, increasing the number of project beneficiaries in poor villages, and optimizing access to the state highway network. It supports GOB's priority to implement improvements quickly to ensure that the development impact of the state highway network is optimized and its benefits are reaped in a timely way. The project meets ADB's eligibility criteria for additional financing as it (i) remains technically feasible, economically viable, and financially sound; (ii) is accorded high priority by the government; (iii) is consistent with the project's development objectives, and (iv) is consistent with the current country partnership strategy (CPS).|
|Impact||Unchanged (A more efficient state road transport system supporting sustainable economic growth in Bihar)|
|Description of Outcome||Unchanged (Improved transport efficiency and safety on project roads)|
|Progress Toward Outcome||All civil works contracts and construction supervision consultant contracts have been awarded and works are in progress.|
|Description of Project Outputs||
1. Built and upgraded state highways with measures for green and adapt to climate change
2. Unchanged [Improved management of road assets and maintenance of project roads by BSRDC]
3. Improved institutional capacity for sustainable transport sector development
4. Improved road safety and greater awareness of potential social issues
|Status of Implementation Progress (Outputs, Activities, and Issues)||
The civil works for construction and up gradation of 254 km state highways awarded under 4 contract packages during September-October 2013 are in various stages of implementation. The works are supervised by two supervision consultants.
Government of Bihar initiated measures for improving maintenance of roads.
Road Master Plan for Bihar's State Highway Development has been prepared under TA8170. Activities under this TA are completed within the closing date of 31Dec2015.
The Road Safety Specialist conducted exhaustive reviews of field conditions and produced road safety audits for Bihar State Highways.
|Summary of Environmental and Social Aspects|
|Environmental Aspects||The implementation of environmental management plans is being monitored by supervision consultants and BSRDC has been submitting environmental monitoring reports.|
|Involuntary Resettlement||The resettlement activities are being undertaken in accordance with the resettlement plans.|
|Stakeholder Communication, Participation, and Consultation|
|During Project Design||The stakeholders including local governments and communities have been consulted during design stage.|
|During Project Implementation||The stakeholders including local governments and communities have been consulted during implementation stage.|
Under the TA (TA8170) ADB engaged a consulting firm for the preparation of Road Master Plan for Bihar's State Highway Development in accordance with its Guidelines on the Use of Consultants (2010, as amended from time to time). Activities under this TA are completed within the closing date of 31Dec2015.
BSRDC recruited two international consulting firms to supervise the construction of civil works under the project using ADB procedures for quality- and cost-based selection method.
|Responsible ADB Officer||Motwani, Anil|
|Responsible ADB Department||South Asia Department|
|Responsible ADB Division||India Resident Mission|
Bihar State Road Development Corporation Ltd.
RCD Mechanical Workshop Campus (Near Patna Airport), Sheikhpura
Patna-800014, Bihar, India
|Concept Clearance||16 May 2012|
|Fact Finding||10 Oct 2011 to 24 Oct 2011|
|MRM||12 Jan 2012|
|Approval||20 Sep 2012|
|Last Review Mission||-|
|Last PDS Update||15 Mar 2017|
|Approval||Signing Date||Effectivity Date||Closing|
|20 Sep 2012||12 Aug 2013||08 Nov 2013||31 Mar 2018||-||-|
|Financing Plan||Loan Utilization|
|Total (Amount in US$ million)||Date||ADB||Others||Net Percentage|
|Project Cost||375.00||Cumulative Contract Awards|
|ADB||300.00||20 Sep 2012||215.08||0.00||72%|
|Cofinancing||0.00||20 Sep 2012||136.81||0.00||46%|
|Approval||Signing Date||Effectivity Date||Closing|
|20 Sep 2012||23 Nov 2012||23 Nov 2012||31 Dec 2014||30 Nov 2015||-|
|Financing Plan/TA Utilization||Cumulative Disbursements|
|1,000,000.00||0.00||0.00||0.00||0.00||0.00||1,000,000.00||20 Sep 2012||958,665.16|
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$300 million Additional ADB Financing to Help Upgrade 254 km of State Highways in BiharThe Asian Development Bank (ADB) and Government of India yesterday signed an agreement for $300 million in additional loan to upgrade 254 kilometers of severely deteriorated highway in northern and southern Bihar.