46377-002: Sindh Provincial Road Improvement Project | Asian Development Bank

Pakistan: Sindh Provincial Road Improvement Project

Sovereign (Public) Project | 46377-002 Status: Active

The Asian Development Bank is helping Pakistan improve key sections of the provincial highway network in Sindh province to boost access to markets and social services for rural communities. The project is upgrading over 320 kilometers of the network into all-weather roads with improved safety features. It is also helping the provincial government develop a master plan for future road investments.

Project Details

Project Officer
Karki, Pawan Central and West Asia Department Request for information
  • Pakistan
  • Loan
  • Transport
Project Name Sindh Provincial Road Improvement Project
Project Number 46377-002
Country Pakistan
Project Status Active
Project Type / Modality of Assistance Loan
Source of Funding / Amount
Loan 3305-PAK: Sindh Provincial Road Improvement Project
Ordinary capital resources US$ 197.85 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 No gender elements
Description The proposed provincial road improvement project is located in Province of Sindh, Islamic Republic of Pakistan (Pakistan). The proposed project will help provincial road network improvement to enhance connectivity between provincial transport centers and cities with local markets and communities, provide much-needed access to education and health facilities, and contribute to poverty reduction by creation of jobs and employment opportunities.
Project Rationale and Linkage to Country/Regional Strategy

Given its wide geographic coverage of the road network, each province needs to plan, prioritize, and develop its overall road network with a systematic approach over next years.

Of the four provinces, Sindh is selected as the first province with ADB's help to prepare and adopt a strategic plan in road network improvement given its size of road network, availability of maintenance fund, volume of GDP, and condition of the road network.

The road network in Sindh is about 56,257 km, of which NHA manages about 1,365 km of inter-provincial national highway and the Works & Services Department (WSD) manages 17,631 km provincial roads directly and also oversees about 37,261 km district roads indirectly, which are majorly located in rural areas and managed by district governments. A large portion of the network has deteriorated with inadequate pavement and drainage, as a result of poor regulation and endorsement, overloading, inadequate maintenance, and lack of capital investment. At present, more than 50% of provincial road network are in fair to poor condition, and one third is in very poor condition.

Impact An efficient and integrated transportation system that will facilitate the development of a competitive economy (Pakistan Vision 2025).
Project Outcome
Description of Outcome Key sections of provincial highway network in Sindh improved
Progress Toward Outcome

The consulting services for Sindh Road Network Master Plan and RAMS upgrading is repackaged as agreed during the recent loan review mission in July 2017.

This is a continuous process and will be assessed time to time or as the need arises.

Implementation Progress
Description of Project Outputs

Approximately 328 km of provincial roads rehabilitated

Institutional capacity of WSD strengthened in road planning, maintenance, and road safety

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

Recruitment of consultant for Sindh Road Network Master Plan and RAMS upgrading service is in process.

Recruitment of consultant for Sindh Road Network Master Plan and RAMS upgrading service is in process.

Achievement of targets will be assessed upon project completion

The EA issued the notice to proceed to all six contractors to commence on 2 December 2016 and complete the works within 24 months. Achievement of targets will be assessed upon project completion.

Geographical Location Badin, Jacobabad, Kandhkot, Khyber, Mirpur Khas District, Mirwah, Naukot, Ratodero, Sanghar, Tando Muhammad Khan
Safeguard Categories
Environment B
Involuntary Resettlement B
Indigenous Peoples C
Summary of Environmental and Social Aspects
Environmental Aspects The overall environmental impact is minor. The project has been categorized as environment category B, in accordance with ADB's Safeguard Policy Statement (2009). The environment management plan (EMP) will be prepared and included in contract to mitigate the impact during construction.
Involuntary Resettlement

The project is classified category B, since it will affect 28 persons and relocate eight structures, in accordance with ADB's Safeguard Policy Statement. The design tried to avoid land acquisition and minimize involuntary resettlement impacts by using the existing alignment of the project roads and the most feasible technical design. The proposed rehabilitation works will be within the ROW limits.

The project will not have any land acquisition and major resettlement impacts, such as partially affected structures (permanent structures and temporary thatched sheds and kiosk) and trees encroaching into the ROW. All the affected households will restore their lost part structures outside of the ROW and will not be displaced physically or economically. The project impacts will be temporary and insignificant. Affected households will be compensated for all their lost assets at replacement cost; income restoration support will be provided for business and/or livelihood losses.

Indigenous Peoples The project is classified as category C since the project roads are located in the settled areas of Sindh, where no indigenous peoples as defined under ADB's Safeguard Policy Statement reside. No indigenous communities will be affected by the project and, accordingly, no indigenous peoples planning documents are required.
Stakeholder Communication, Participation, and Consultation
During Project Design Community meetings and consultations with local government, Non Government Organizations, transport related societies were conducted. Public consultations were conducted during project preparation and all concerns of the affected persons and stakeholders were incorporated in the environment and resettlement plans.
During Project Implementation Meetings and consultations with local government, Non Government Organizations and transport related societies will continue during project implementation.
Business Opportunities
Consulting Services The contract for project management consultant was signed in November 2016. The consultants under the project are recruited in accordance with ADB''s Guidelines on the Use of Consultants (2013, as amended from time to time).
Procurement Civil works and goods financed from the ADB loan are procured in accordance with ADB's Guidelines for Procurement (2015, as amended from time to time). Procurement of six civil woks packages are completed. The contracts were awarded in October 2016.
Responsible ADB Officer Karki, Pawan
Responsible ADB Department Central and West Asia Department
Responsible ADB Division Pakistan Resident Mission
Executing Agencies
Planning & Development Department, Sindh
[email protected]
Sindh Secretariat
Karachi, Pakistan
Concept Clearance 18 Jul 2013
Fact Finding 16 Mar 2015 to 25 Mar 2015
MRM 23 Jul 2015
Approval 12 Oct 2015
Last Review Mission -
Last PDS Update 27 Sep 2017

Loan 3305-PAK

Approval Signing Date Effectivity Date Closing
Original Revised Actual
12 Oct 2015 30 Aug 2016 05 Oct 2016 30 Jun 2020 - -
Financing Plan Loan Utilization
Total (Amount in US$ million) Date ADB Others Net Percentage
Project Cost 227.51 Cumulative Contract Awards
ADB 197.85 12 Oct 2015 130.91 0.00 66%
Counterpart 29.66 Cumulative Disbursements
Cofinancing 0.00 12 Oct 2015 50.96 0.00 26%

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Contracts Awarded

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