Georgia: Secondary Road Improvement Project

Sovereign Project | 46375-002 Status: Proposed

Summary

The proposed second road improvement project focuses on a 50-km secondary road serving about 37,000 people living in 13 communities of the Kharagauli municipality in central Georgia approximately 150 km west of the capital Tbilisi. It connects the municipality of Kharagauli to the East West highway the main international transport corridor that traverses all the major cities of Georgia. It also was part of the highway until 1982, when a new section of road and a tunnel were constructed between Dzirula to Chumateleti, but remained an alternative route for east-west traffic until about 10 years ago.

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Project Name Secondary Road Improvement Project
Project Number 46375-002
Country Georgia
Project Status Proposed
Project Type / Modality of Assistance Loan
Source of Funding / Amount
Loan: Secondary Road Improvement Project
Ordinary capital resources US$ 80.00 million
Strategic Agendas Environmentally sustainable growth
Inclusive economic growth
Regional integration
Drivers of Change Governance and capacity development
Knowledge solutions
Partnerships
Private sector development
Sector / Subsector

Transport - Road transport (non-urban)

Gender Equity and Mainstreaming No gender elements
Description

The proposed second road improvement project focuses on a 50-km secondary road serving about 37,000 people living in 13 communities of the Kharagauli municipality in central Georgia approximately 150 km west of the capital Tbilisi. It connects the municipality of Kharagauli to the East West highway the main international transport corridor that traverses all the major cities of Georgia. It also was part of the highway until 1982, when a new section of road and a tunnel were constructed between Dzirula to Chumateleti, but remained an alternative route for east-west traffic until about 10 years ago.

The project will improve the road while increasing road-rail transferability for passengers and goods, and sustainability of the investment. Increased economic activity in the Kharagauli municipality will be the main impact of this project. The outcome will be increased mobility and accessibility for residents of Kharagauli municipality, and an alternative route for through traffic on the east-west transport corridor. The project will have two main outputs: (i) about 50 km of the Dzirula to Chumateleti road improved; (ii) better road access to adjacent railway stations to enable intermodal transfers between road and rail; and (iii) a prototype geographic information system to better manage environmental and social issues during construction and operation.

Project Rationale and Linkage to Country/Regional Strategy

The road has deteriorated considerably since then. Many sections of it are now irreparable and impassable during rain and snow. It can no longer fully and efficiently function either as a local road or a strategic alternative for through traffic. The residents of the municipality of Kharagauli therefore must walk long distances to use the railway, their only form of regular transport during winter.

It will have both local and national benefits. First, the project will improve national connectivity and reliability of the transport network by reviving the road's role as an alternative to highway and railway. Second, it will improve the mobility of the municipality's population. This will encourage subsistence farmers to increase production because of faster access to neighboring towns. Improved bus shelters and access to the project road at local railway stations will increase local passengers' comfort and convenience, and promote road-rail integration. Third, on the commercial side, investors will be inclined to develop the area's natural spring water supply. A hot spring resort located about 5 km off the project road can be a major attraction like it was when road access was good and employ more people. Local tourism can benefit from more visitors using the project road than the slower southern entrance to the Borjomi Kharagauli National Park. Finally, the project will provide an opportunity to test the use of a geographical information system for better managing environmental and social issues from the preparatory stage to project completion and beyond.

Impact Increased economic activity in the Kharagauli municipality and surrounding regions and national connectivity.
Outcome Improved efficiency and increased mobility and accessibility of the residents of the Kharagauli municipality and tourists visiting the project area.
Outputs About 50 km of improved road between Dzirula and Chumateleti, including several short access roads to the nearby national park and to Kharagauli and other railway stations.
Geographical Location kharagauli

Safeguard Categories

Environment B
Involuntary Resettlement B
Indigenous Peoples C

Summary of Environmental and Social Aspects

Environmental Aspects The project is currently categorized as B. However, a detailed examination of the project's environmental impacts will be made during the ongoing feasibility study and the IEE report and an environmental management plan for mitigating impacts and monitoring/reporting progress to ADB during construction will be prepared and disclosed.
Involuntary Resettlement The project is currently categorized as B. No involuntary resettlement of people is anticipated. Private land may have to be acquired to improve road safety and pedestrian access. These requirements will be studied during the feasibility study and the details and plans will be disclosed.
Indigenous Peoples There are no indigenous peoples or minority groups that will be affected by this project.
Stakeholder Communication, Participation, and Consultation
During Project Design Since the project may require land acquisition, community-based organizations, affected people and/or any other stakeholders will be consulted during preparatory stage, and during design and construction. In addition, while there are no known CSOs operating in the area, the PPTA will further screen and identify any CSOs and ways of collaboration to maximize project outcomes and impact.
During Project Implementation Consultations will continue during the construction project implementation. A grievance redress mechanism will be established and dedicated staff of the executing agency will be assigned to hold regular meetings and involve the local civil society and NGOs in the discussions.

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Consulting Services All consulting services financed from the ensuing loan 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 financed from the ensuing loan, 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 Kalliokoski, Ari
Responsible ADB Department Central and West Asia Department
Responsible ADB Division Transport and Communications Division, CWRD
Executing Agencies
Ministry of Regional Development and Infrastructure of Georgia
7, Ingorokva Str. 0134, Tbilisi Georgia

Timetable

Concept Clearance 30 Jul 2013
Fact Finding 30 May 2016 to 10 Jun 2016
MRM 02 Sep 2016
Approval -
Last Review Mission -
Last PDS Update 29 Sep 2016
Title Document Type Document Date
Secondary Road Improvement Project: Project Data Sheet (ქართული) Translated PDS Nov 2013
Secondary Road Improvement Project Initial Poverty and Social Analysis Sep 2013

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