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||Gender Equity and Mainstreaming
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||The cvil works and construction supervision consultant contracts for the reconstruction of Dara-i-Suf to Yakawlang Road signed in Dec 2016 and May 2017, respectively. The Contractor mobilized on 15 May 2017. As of 30 June 2020, the physical progress was 19.22% against the target of 70.67%, while the elapsed contract period is around 82%. Due to the contractor's poor performance and the continuous non-compliance in completing the works per required schedule, the government decided to descope the contract to cover only 87 km of road in Bamyan Province, while leaving the 100 km road section in Samangan Province un-constructed and untouched. Based on mutual agreement between the Contractor and the Government, the scope of contract reduced from 186.6 km to 87 km. Submission of the signed Supplementary Agreement between the MPW and the contractor formalizing the reduction of scope is awaited.|
|Description of Project Outputs||
87 km (Dar-i-Suf-Yakawlang section of the North-South Corridor) of reconstructed, rehabilitated, and appropriately maintained national and regional highways
Community development infrastructure
Land Acquisition and Resettlement Completed for Projects under Tranche 2 and Tranche 4 of MFF0063
|Status of Implementation Progress (Outputs, Activities, and Issues)||
The civil works contractor mobilized on 15 May 2017. The target year was revised from 2017 to 2021. As of 30 June 2020, achieved work is 19.22% against the planned target of 70.67% with elapsed contract period of 82%. Based on mutual agreement between the Contractor and the Government, the scope of contract was reduced from 186.6 km to 87 km. Submission of the signed Supplementary Agreement incorporating ADB's comments formalizing the reduction in contract's scope is awaited.
The Contractor submitted the Community Development (CD) Projects Proposals and Cost Estimates which was reviewed by the Engineer on 21 June 2019. The Engineer reviewed the submitted documents of CD Project Proposals and Cost Estimates comprising 39 projects and furnished comments to the Contractor in Aug 2019, since most of the previous comments/observations of the Engineer have not been fulfilled. The Contractor yet to submit the revised CD project proposals and cost estimates complying to all comments/observation of the Engineer. Meanwhile, the following preliminary measures and data for cost estimation have been undertaken in several villages in the project area: potable water pipe scheme and bore well projects, connection road of and bridge projects, Dam projects "Classroom projects" Population Wall projects.
Disbursement requirements such as estimate of expenditure sheet together with the corresponding withdrawal application is under preparation by the MPW for LARP's settlement.
|Geographical Location||Ahangaran, Baghalak, Bazar-e Yakawlang, Chaghcharan, Chaghcharan, Chahar Deh, Dara-I-Suf, Darah-ye Daymirdad, Deh-e Tarchi, Gardan Dewal, Gird Bayd, Hasani, Hisa-I-Awal Bihsud, Islamic Republic of Afghanistan, Kabul, Kotah, La`l wa Sar Jangal, Marghistan, Markazi Bihsud, Panjab, Qal`ah, Qal`ah Now, Rashak, Sadmardah, Safed Khak, Sar-e Bum, Surkh Joy, Yakawlang, Zayraki|
|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).|
|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||Kailasam, Ganesh|
|Responsible ADB Department||Central and West Asia Department|
|Responsible ADB Division||Transport and Communications Division, CWRD|
Ministry of Public Works
Aminullah Hatam, Program Director, Project Management Office
First Macrorayan, Kabul,Islamic Republic of Afghanistan Ministry of Public Works
First Macrorayan, Kabul,Islamic Republic of Afghanistan
|MRM||16 Jul 2013|
|Approval||11 Sep 2013|
|Last Review Mission||-|
|Last PDS Update||08 Dec 2020|
|Approval||Signing Date||Effectivity Date||Closing|
|11 Sep 2013||09 Nov 2013||03 Jan 2014||31 Dec 2017||20 Sep 2021||-|
|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||0.00||0.00||0%|
|Cofinancing||0.00||11 Sep 2013||91.48||0.00||48%|
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|Tender Title||Type||Status||Posting Date||Deadline|
|Jr. Quantity Surveyor||Individual - Consulting||Closed||25 Apr 2021||01 May 2021|
|Environmental Specialist [National]||Individual - Consulting||Closed||25 Apr 2021||01 May 2021|
|Admin/Finance Manager [National]||Individual - Consulting||Closed||25 Apr 2021||01 May 2021|
|Materials/Pavement Engineer||Individual - Consulting||Closed||19 Mar 2021||25 Mar 2021|
|Community Development Specialist [National]||Individual - Consulting||Closed||19 Mar 2021||25 Mar 2021|
|Sr. Material Pavement Engineer||Individual - Consulting||Closed||19 Mar 2021||25 Mar 2021|
|Structural/Bridge Engineer||Individual - Consulting||Closed||19 Mar 2021||25 Mar 2021|
|Sr. Quantity Surveyor||Individual - Consulting||Closed||19 Mar 2021||25 Mar 2021|
|Contract Specialist||Individual - Consulting||Closed||19 Mar 2021||25 Mar 2021|
|Site Inspector (4 positions)||Individual - Consulting||Closed||19 Mar 2021||25 Mar 2021|
|Materials/Pavement Engineer||Individual - Consulting||Closed||19 Mar 2021||25 Mar 2021|
|Contract Title||Approval Number||Contract Date||Contractor||Contractor Address||Executing Agency||Contract Description||Total Contract Amount (US$)||Contract Amount Financed by ADB (US$)|
|RESETTLEMENT COSTS FOR T4 BAHARAK-ESKHASHIM||Grant 0355||11 Oct 2020||VARIOUS||VARIOUS AFGHANI. IS. REP. OF||Ministry of Public Works||8,154,908.00||—|
|LAND ACQUISITION AND RESETTLEMENT COST T2 - SAPARY-SURKHROD SECTION 1A||Grant 0355||11 Oct 2020||VARIOUS||VARIOUS AFGHANI. IS. REP. OF||Ministry of Public Works||27,045,092.00||—|
|RECONSTRUCTION OF DARA-I-SUF TO YAKAWLANG ROAD_(87 KM)||Grant 0355||04 Aug 2020||CHINA ROAD AND BRIDGE CORPORATION||ZHONGLU PLAZA C88 ANDINGMENWAI DAJIE BEIJING CHINA PEOPLE'SREP.OF||Ministry of Public Works||93,285,426.00||—|
|Construction Supervision of the Reconstruction and Rehabilitation of North South Corridor Road Project||Grant 0355||15 May 2017||Sheladia Associates Inc.||15825 Shady Grove Road Suite 100 Rockville Md United States||Ministry of Public Works||Construction Supervision of the Reconstruction and Rehabilitation of North South Corridor Road Project||8,786,627.00||—|
|Construction Supervision Of The Reconstruction And Rehabilitation Of North South Corridor Road Proj||Grant 0355||15 May 2017||Sheladia Associates Inc.||15825 Shady Grove Road Suite 100 Rockville Md United States||Ministry Of Public Works||8,786,627.00||—|
|Title||Document Type||Document Date|
|Transport Network Development Investment Program - Tranche 3: Procurement Plan||Procurement Plans||Sep 2017|