ADB is helping Afghanistan upgrade its transport network. The third tranche of the program will rebuild 178 kilometers of a national road from Dar-i-Suf to Yakawlang, which will provide an alternative north-south transit route from from Mazar-e-Sharif to Kabul. It will also improve sanitation facilities and practices in Bamyan and Samangan provinces, which particularly benefit women and children.
|Project Name||Transport Network Development Investment Program - Tranche 3|
|Project Type / Modality of Assistance||Grant
|Source of Funding / Amount||
|Strategic Agendas||Inclusive economic growth
|Drivers of Change||Governance and capacity development
|Sector / Subsector||
Transport - Road transport (non-urban)
|Gender Equity and Mainstreaming||Effective gender mainstreaming|
|Description||Physical interventions under Tranche 3 include 178 km of reconstructed national road from Dar-i-Suf to Yakawlang linking the roads already completed under the ADB financed North South Corridor Project. Completion of this national road provides an alternative north south transit route from Mazar-e-Sharif to Kabul from the currently overloaded Salang Tunnel, a facility which has exceeded its engineering design life and is in need of major rehabilitation if it is going to continue to function. Additionally, Tranche 3 will provide community infrastructure specifically designed to improve the lives of women and children in some of Afghanistan's poorest provinces, Bamyan and Samangan, through betterment of sanitation facilities and practices.|
|Project Rationale and Linkage to Country/Regional Strategy||As planned in the approved facility and linked documents, Tranche 3 of the investment program builds upon the lessons learned and progress from Tranches 1 and 2, 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. The proposed road subproject involves the reconstruction and upgrading of approximately 178 kilometers (km) of the road section from Dar-i-Suf to Yakawlang, 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 subproject include: (i) completing the North South Corridor, which is an alternative route to using the Salang Tunnel; (ii) supporting completion of CAREC Corridor 5; and (iii) completing the first stage in cross country north south road from Mazar-e-Sharif to Kandahar. After years of use and lack of periodic maintenance, the subproject road in poor condition beyond repair, thus requiring major rehabilitation. Indeed, in its current condition, the road is impassable by motorized vehicles for many months throughout the year. This state of this road is hindering economic development in the central 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 3 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 3 subproject supports Corridor 5 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 through a fully complete North-South Corridor|
|Description of Outcome||Rehabilitated and reconstructed sections of national and regional highways|
|Progress Toward Outcome||Project implementation is ongoing. Outcome will be assessed after completion.|
|Description of Project Outputs||
178 km (Dar-i-Suf-Yakawlang section of the North-South Corridor) of reconstructed, rehabilitated, and appropriately maintained national and regional highways
Community development infrastructure
|Status of Implementation Progress (Outputs, Activities, and Issues)||
Civil works contract for the reconstruction of Dara-i-Suf to Yakawlang (178 km) Road was signed on 31 December 2016. Contractor is expected to mobilize by Q2 2017.
Recruitment of construction supervision consultant for civil works is ongoing. In addition, the selection of the consultant for preparing feasibility study of the Kabul Ring Road is at an advanced stage.
Summary of Environmental and Social Aspects
|Environmental Aspects||The road will not pass through any environmentally sensitive areas and rehabilitation activities will be confined with the existing ROW. The project is anticipated to have site specific environmental impacts. A further environmental assessment will re-confirm whether environment category B will be maintained.|
|Involuntary Resettlement||Expected significant land acquisition and resettlement as defined by SPS (2009). Land acquisition process is ongoing.|
|Stakeholder Communication, Participation, and Consultation|
|During Project Design||Consultation sessions were conducted with the local residents in the project affected areas. The primary issues discussed were affected land, the process of land acquisition planning, compensation, and employment opportunities for the local residents, both skilled and unskilled. The benefits of constructing the projects roads were explained. The community development subcomponent will involve collaborative decision making and empowerment elements.|
|During Project Implementation||Consultation sessions will continue during project implementation.|
|Consulting Services||All consulting services financed under Tranche 3 will be procured in accordance with the Guidelines on The Use of Consultants by Asian Development Bank and Its Borrowers (2013, 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 (2015, as amended from time to time).|
|Responsible ADB Officer||Singru, Narendra|
|Responsible ADB Department||Central and West Asia Department|
|Responsible ADB Division||Transport and Communications Division, CWRD|
Ministry of Public Works
Islamic Republic of Afghanistan
|MRM||16 Jul 2013|
|Approval||11 Sep 2013|
|Last Review Mission||-|
|Last PDS Update||29 Mar 2017|
|Approval||Signing Date||Effectivity Date||Closing|
|11 Sep 2013||09 Nov 2013||03 Jan 2014||31 Dec 2017||31 Dec 2019||-|
|Financing Plan||Grant Utilization|
|Total (Amount in US$ million)||Date||ADB||Others||Net Percentage|
|Project Cost||230.00||Cumulative Contract Awards|
|ADB||220.00||11 Sep 2013||213.78||0.00||97%|
|Cofinancing||0.00||11 Sep 2013||20.50||0.00||9%|
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|Title||Document Type||Document Date|
|Transport Network Development Investment Program - Tranche 3: Procurement Plan||Procurement Plans||Apr 2015|
|Transport Network Development Investment Program: Facility Administration Manual||Facility Administration Manual||Dec 2014|
|Grant Agreement (Special Operations) for Transport Network Development Investment Program - Tranche 3||Grant Agreement||Nov 2013|
Safeguard Documents See also: Safeguards
Safeguard documents provided at the time of project/facility approval may also be found in the list of linked documents provided with the Report and Recommendation of the President.
|Title||Document Type||Document Date|
|Transport Network Development Investment Program - Tranche 3: Yakawlang–Dar-i-Suf Road Project Resettlement Plan||Resettlement Plans||Jul 2013|
|Transport Network Development Investment Program - Tranche 3: Yakawlang - Dar-e-Suf Road Project||Initial Environmental Examination||Jun 2013|
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