Afghanistan: Transport Network Development Investment Program - Tranche 3

Sovereign Project | 44482-024 Status: Active

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 Number 44482-024
Country Afghanistan
Project Status Active
Project Type / Modality of Assistance Grant
Source of Funding / Amount
Grant 0355-AFG: Transport Network Development Investment Program - Tranche 3
concessional ordinary capital resources lending / Asian Development Fund US$ 220.00 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 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

Project Outcome

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.
Implementation Progress
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.

Geographical Location Bamyan-Samangan

Safeguard Categories

Environment B
Involuntary Resettlement A
Indigenous Peoples C

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.
Indigenous Peoples N/A
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.

Business Opportunities

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 Staff

Responsible ADB Officer Singru, Narendra
Responsible ADB Department Central and West Asia Department
Responsible ADB Division Transport and Communications Division, CWRD
Executing Agencies
Ministry of Public Works
First Macrorayan
Islamic Republic of Afghanistan


Concept Clearance -
Fact Finding -
MRM 16 Jul 2013
Approval 11 Sep 2013
Last Review Mission -
Last PDS Update 29 Mar 2017

Grant 0355-AFG

Approval Signing Date Effectivity Date Closing
Original Revised Actual
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%
Counterpart 10.00 Cumulative Disbursements
Cofinancing 0.00 11 Sep 2013 20.50 0.00 9%

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