Afghanistan: Transport Network Development Investment Program - Tranche 2

Sovereign Project | 44482-023 Status: Active


ADB is helping Afghanistan improve major sections of its road and railway networks. The second tranche of the program will upgrade more than 180 kilometers of roads and include community development and security plans. It will also provide capacity building for the country’s Ministry of Public Works and support implementation of the investment program and project management.

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Project Name Transport Network Development Investment Program - Tranche 2
Project Number 44482-023
Country Afghanistan
Project Status Active
Project Type / Modality of Assistance Grant
Source of Funding / Amount
Grant 0327-AFG: Transport Network Development Investment Program - Tranche 2
Asian Development Fund US$ 149.00 million
Grant 0328-AFG: Transport Network Development Investment Program - Tranche 2
Afghanistan Infrastructure Trust Fund US$ 60.00 million
Grant 0328-AFG: Transport Network Development Investment Program - Tranche 2
Afghanistan Infrastructure Trust Fund US$ 27.00 million
Strategic Agendas Inclusive economic growth
Regional integration
Drivers of Change Governance and capacity development
Sector / Subsector

Transport - Road transport (non-urban)

Gender Equity and Mainstreaming Some gender elements

Tranche 2 will finance outputs under both components of the approved MFF:

Component A: Transport Infrastructure Development

a) reconstruction and widening of the approximately 106 kilometer (km) Sapary to Jalalabad Road (the second section of the Kabul to Jalalabad Road), including provision of related design and construction supervision services;

b) rehabilitation of the approximately 32 km Chan-e-Anjir to Gereshk Road, (the second section of the Lashkar Gah to Gereshk Road), including provision of related design and construction supervision services; and

c) reconstruction of the approximately 50 km Sharan to Angoor Ada Road in Paktika, including provision of related design and construction supervision services.

All road infrastructure development projects under Tranche 2 have been designed to include community development and security plans.

Component B: Transport Network Management Capacity Development

a) capacity building for the Ministry of Public Works (MPW) including restructuring support based on a revised business plan and design and implementation of an asset management system; and

b) provision of support for project management and investment program implementation to MPW including procurement oversight, construction and contract supervision, safeguard policy and plan preparation and implementation, and feasibility studies to prepare subsequent tranches of the investment program.

Project Rationale and Linkage to Country/Regional Strategy

As planned in the approved facility and linked documents, Tranche 2 of the investment program builds upon the ongoing Tranche 1 subprojects and the complementary efforts of other development partners in the sector to further improve domestic and regional connectivity while widening access to social and economic opportunities. Collectively, the proposed three subprojects involve the reconstruction and upgrading of approximately 188 kilometers (km) of roads, each of which has been previously identified as a priority in the Afghanistan National Development Strategy (ANDS) and subsequent national planning and implementation frameworks.

The rationale for the proposed subprojects include: (i) creating increased capacity for cross border links with Pakistan, which is Afghanistan's largest trading partner; (ii) supporting completion of CAREC Corridors 5 and 6; (iii) completing key national road network radian links between the Ring Road and provincial capitals; and (iv) the dilapidated physical condition of the roads, which impede transport, southern Afghanistan's economy, and regional trade. After years of use and lack of periodic maintenance, the subproject roads are in poor condition beyond repair, thus requiring major rehabilitation. The state of these roads is hindering economic development in the southern provinces, impeding regional trade and the opening of alternative trade routes, and imposing efficiency losses as traffic volumes continue to rise.

In addition to supporting the ANDS, justification of Tranche 2 stems from Afghanistan's strategic geographic center of gravity in the Central Asian region and potential to serve as the nexus between north-south and east-west regional trade corridors. Afghanistan is traversed by three major CAREC corridors, to which the proposed Tranche 2 subprojects support Corridors 5 and 6 providing landlocked Central Asian access to populous commercial centers in South Asia, and major ports in the Persian Gulf and Arabian Sea. An efficient and sustained Afghanistan road network will improve regional connectivity, support increased domestic and international trade, and generate jobs and economic growth. The proposed tranche is consistent with the envisaged outputs, outcomes, and impacts of the investment program and additionally Strategy CAREC 2020 aimed at the development of priority transport routes, increasing trade through transport connectivity, and facilitating cross-border movement of goods.

Impact Better connectivity and efficiency of the southern road network with focus on cross border links to Pakistan.

Project Outcome

Description of Outcome Rehabilitated and reconstructed sections of national and regional highways.
Progress Toward Outcome ADB mission was fielded in August 2015 and discussed necessary changes including staff changes in the PMO to improve existing deficiencies of the PMO in properly administering both the road and transport projects in Afghanistan.
Implementation Progress
Description of Project Outputs

188 km (Sapary-Jalalabad, Sharan-Angoor Ada, and Chan-e-Anjir-Gereshk sections) of reconstructed, rehabilitated, and appropriately maintained national and regional highways.

Strengthened capacity of MPW

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

ADB approved TBER of Chah-e-Anjir to Greshk civil works package on 19 January 2015 and PBER on 20 March 2015. The contract is approved by National Procurement Committee (NPC) and contract was signed in October 2015.

Two civil works contracts (i) Sapary-Jalalabad road, and (ii) Sharan Angoor Ada. Sapary-Jalalabad road contract was awarded to Xinjiang Beixin Road and Bridge Group Co. Ltd. (PRC) in Dec 2013 and contractor has been mobilized and works are underway. However, the work progress has been slow due to security situation and weak capacity of contractor. Sharan Angoor Ada road contract was awarded to MAB Construction Company Ltd. and Hamid Kandahar Construction Co. JV on 6 December 2014. The contractor and consultant are mobilized.

All three contracts for project management and construction supervision consultants and contract for pre-feasibility study of Bamyan-Kandahar has already been signed.

Not yet due.

The status of civil work procurement and consultant recruitment are as described above.

The request of MPW to modify the capacity building component under the tranche to provide assistance to PMO/MPW in procurement was approved by ADB on 31 January 2014. As of September 2104, all three international individual consultants, procurement specialist, resettlement specialist and transport advisor were recruited, contracts were signed in September 2014 and are mobilized.

Not yet due.

Geographical Location Nangarhar, Helmand, and Paktika provinces

Safeguard Categories

Environment B
Involuntary Resettlement A
Indigenous Peoples C

Summary of Environmental and Social Aspects

Environmental Aspects The road alignments will not pass through an environmentally sensitive areas. The subproject roads have been classified as Category B. Initial environmental examinations for each subproject road have been prepared and approved.
Involuntary Resettlement Draft LARPs have been produced for each road subproject. Each of these LARPs require further work before finalization. Based on the estmated resettlement impacts of one road subproject, Chan-e-Anjir to Gereshk road, in which land acquisition and resettlement is assessed as being significant, Tranche 2 is classified as Category A.
Indigenous Peoples There are no people definable as indigenous people based on ADB's Safeguard Policy Statement (2009) found in Afghanistan as the structure of the state reflects and encompasses the multi-ethnic multi-tribal composition of the national population. In such a situation all ethnic groups fully participate in local socioeconomic processes and none of them could be considered as relatively vulnerable. As such Tranche 2 is classified as Category C.
Stakeholder Communication, Participation, and Consultation
During Project Design Consultations were conducted with local people and the benefits of improving the land transport infrastructure under the investment program were explained. Consultations were open for all to share and exchange views, ideas and experiences.
During Project Implementation Public consultation will continue as a means to achieve maximum beneficiary buy-in during implementation.

Business Opportunities

Consulting Services All consulting services financed under Tranche 2 will be procured in accordance with the Guidelines on The Use of Consultants by Asian Development Bank and Its Borrowers (2010, as amended from time to time).
Procurement Procurement of all civil works, equipment and goods will be undertaken in accordance with ADB's Procurement Guidelines (2010, as amended from time to time).

Responsible Staff

Responsible ADB Officer Witoon Tawisook
Responsible ADB Department Central and West Asia Department
Responsible ADB Division Afghanistan Resident Mission
Executing Agencies
Ministry of Public Works
First Macrorayan
Islamic Republic of Afghanistan


Concept Clearance -
Fact Finding -
MRM 22 Nov 2012
Approval 10 Dec 2012
Last Review Mission -
Last PDS Update 31 Mar 2016

Grant 0327-AFG

Approval Signing Date Effectivity Date Closing
Original Revised Actual
10 Dec 2012 07 Mar 2013 04 Apr 2013 30 Jun 2017 30 Jun 2019 -
Financing Plan Grant Utilization
Total (Amount in US$ million) Date ADB Others Net Percentage
Project Cost 168.00 Cumulative Contract Awards
ADB 149.00 10 Dec 2012 135.26 0.00 91%
Counterpart 19.00 Cumulative Disbursements
Cofinancing 0.00 10 Dec 2012 23.64 0.00 16%

Grant 0328-AFG

Approval Signing Date Effectivity Date Closing
Original Revised Actual
10 Dec 2012 07 Mar 2013 04 Apr 2013 30 Jun 2017 30 Jun 2019 -
Financing Plan Grant Utilization
Total (Amount in US$ million) Date ADB Others Net Percentage
Project Cost 87.00 Cumulative Contract Awards
ADB 0.00 10 Dec 2012 0.00 87.00 100%
Counterpart 0.00 Cumulative Disbursements
Cofinancing 87.00 10 Dec 2012 0.00 31.06 36%

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