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 Name||Sindh Provincial Road Improvement Project|
|Project Type / Modality of Assistance||Loan
|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||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).|
|Description of Outcome||Key sections of provincial highway network in Sindh improved|
|Progress Toward Outcome||All contractors of six civil works packages have mobilized at site and constructions work on short sections of packages 1, 2, and 5 are ongoing.|
|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)||
Construction works have started and reviewing and updating of the designs by the Consultant are ongoing. Commencement date was 2 December 2016.
Recruitment of consultant for Sindh Road Network Master Plan and RAMS upgrading service has not started yet.
|Geographical Location||Province of Sindh|
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.|
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.|
|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|
Planning & Development Department, Sindh
|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||22 Mar 2017|
|Approval||Signing Date||Effectivity Date||Closing|
|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||137.68||0.00||70%|
|Cofinancing||0.00||12 Oct 2015||21.80||0.00||11%|
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|Title||Document Type||Document Date|
|Loan Agreement (Ordinary Operations) for Loan 3305-PAK: Sindh Provincial Road Improvement Project||Loan Agreement (Ordinary Resources)||Aug 2016|
|Project Agreement for Loan 3305-PAK: Sindh Provincial Road Improvement Project||Project/Program Agreements||Aug 2016|
|Sindh Provincial Road Improvement Project: Procurement Plan||Procurement Plans||Oct 2015|
|Sindh Provincial Road Improvement Project: Report and Recommendation of the President||Reports and Recommendations of the President||Sep 2015|
|Sindh Provincial Road Improvement Project: Project Administration Manual||Project/Program Administration Manual||Sep 2015|
|Provincial Road Improvement Project (Sindh): Project Data Sheet (Urdu Translation)||Translated PDS||Dec 2013|
|Provincial Road Improvement Project||Initial Poverty and Social Analysis||Sep 2013|
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ADB Loan to Help Upgrade Provincial Highway Network in SindhADB has approved a loan of over $197 million to rehabilitate 328 kilometers of provincial highways and assist authorities in developing a master plan to better manage current and future road traffic in Sindh.