Tajikistan: Central Asia Regional Economic Cooperation Corridors 3 and 5 Enhancement Project

Sovereign Project | 46543-002 Status: Active

Summary

ADB is helping Tajikistan upgrade about 175 kilometers of roads that cross two transport corridor routes, linking countries in Central Asia. It will improve road conditions and road safety on the 88-km Sayron Karamyk section of CAREC corridors 3 and 5, and the 87-km Vose Khovaling road. It will also upgrade feeder roads to rural communities, and build solar energy and other public facilities.

Latest Project Documents

Consulting Notices See also: CMS

No notices are currently available for this project.

Procurement Notices See also: Operational Procurement

No notices are currently available for this project.

Procurement Documents


Project Data Sheets (PDS) contain summary information on the project or program. Because the PDS is a work in progress, some information may not be included in its initial version but will be added as it becomes available. Information about proposed projects is tentative and indicative.

The Public Communications Policy (PCP) recognizes that transparency and accountability are essential to development effectiveness. It establishes the disclosure requirements for documents and information ADB produces or requires to be produced.

The Accountability Mechanism provides a forum where people adversely affected by ADB-assisted projects can voice and seek solutions to their problems and report alleged noncompliance of ADB's operational policies and procedures.

In preparing any country program or strategy, financing any project, or by making any designation of, or reference to, a particular territory or geographic area in this document, the Asian Development Bank does not intend to make any judgments as to the legal or other status of any territory or area.

 
Project Name Central Asia Regional Economic Cooperation Corridors 3 and 5 Enhancement Project
Project Number 46543-002
Country Tajikistan
Project Status Active
Project Type / Modality of Assistance Grant
Source of Funding / Amount
Grant 0356-TAJ: Central Asia Regional Economic Cooperation Corridors 3 and 5 Enhancement Project
Asian Development Fund US$ 70.00 million
Strategic Agendas Environmentally sustainable growth
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 The impact of the project will be enhanced regional economic cooperation and inclusive economic growth in Tajikistan. The outcome will be improved regional network (CAREC corridors 3 and 5 and the subnetwork) connectivity. The project outputs will be (i) improved road conditions and enhanced road safety on CAREC corridors 3 and 5 (the Sayron Karamyk road section, 88 km) and the subnetwork (the Vose Khovaling road, 87 km) totaling 175 km; (ii) extended access to local communities through the improvement of rural feeder roads; and (iii) institutional strengthening of project management, contract supervision, and efficient road maintenance.
Project Rationale and Linkage to Country/Regional Strategy

The overlapping portion of CAREC corridors 3 and 5 from the capital Dushanbe to the Karamyk border with the Kyrgyz Republic is a largely two-lane highway of about 340 km. Around 160 km of the road passes along deep riverbanks and is difficult to widen because it is constrained by mountainous topography. Because of the government's limited budget for improving a longer section of road at the time the project was designed in 2006 and the limited traffic forecasted at the time, the design for the Sayron Karamyk section adopted one asphalt concrete layer. Additionally, other rehabilitation work such as rock excavation, drainage, and concrete retaining walls was reduced in quantity because of a lack of funds. The rehabilitation of the section was completed in August 2011. The traffic has since then surged in both volume and axle loading, degrading the pavement condition faster than initially anticipated. There is an imminent need to enhance the Sayron Karamyk section to extend road service life, and improve road safety and maintenance for better serviceability. Moreover, because the traffic capacity on CAREC corridors 3 and 5 is likely to be realized earlier than expected, the connectivity and capacity of the subnetwork will need improving.

The Vose Khovaling Tavildara road extends the first ADB-assisted road in Tajikistan, starting at AH66 and connecting through the Darband Tavildara Kalaikhumb road to CAREC corridors 3 and 5. This road was categorized as a republican (national) road during the Soviet era but has seriously deteriorated because of prolonged inadequate maintenance and recent flood damage, causing transport difficulty and safety concerns. The government has prioritized rehabilitating the Vose Khovaling road, with the Khovaling Tavildara road to follow. Improvements to this stretch of road will (i) cut travel time almost in half from the Kyrgyz border to Khatlon; (ii) open a new trade corridor in the most populous region in Tajikistan; (iii) provide easier access to southern markets; and (iv) enhance economic connections with CAREC corridors 3 and 5, AH66, and Afghanistan and beyond.

Impact Enhanced regional economic cooperation and inclusive economic growth in Tajikistan.

Project Outcome

Description of Outcome Improved regional network (CAREC Corridors 3 and 5 and the sub-network) connectivity
Progress Toward Outcome Overall project implementation remains on track in the context of achieving the project outcome and outputs.
Implementation Progress
Description of Project Outputs

Improved road conditions and enhanced road safety on CAREC corridors 3 and 5 and the subnetwork

Extended access to local communities

Institutional strengthening

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

Rehabilitation of Vose-Khovaling road section: Procurement of civil works concluded in September 2013; the contractor commenced the work on 14 January 2014. Civil works are ongoing. On 15 June 2016, ADB approved extension of the contract implementation period by 6 months (until 14 January 2017) to accommodate additional works related to (i) unforeseen drainage works, (ii) unforeseen slope stability works and (iii) initially underestimated various quantities.

Rehabilitation of Sayron-Karamik road section: Procurement of civil works of Sayron-Karamik road concluded in September 2014. Contractor mobilization was slightly delayed owing in part to adverse weather conditions in March and April 2015. Later the contractor made extra efforts and was able to bring the civil works progress largely back on track. On 4 May 2016, ADB approved extension of the contract implementation period by 6 months (until 18 October 2016) to accommodate additional works related to (i) prevention of rock slide, (ii) embankment protection works. Civil works are ongoing.

Road safety features: The procurement process (Solar PV facilities) is ongoing.

Rural Roads: A total of $0.9 million was allocated to improve 30 km feeder roads along the Vose to Khovaling section. In May 2016, a selection committee comprising staffs from MOT and local road maintenance units, representatives at both village and district level, and PMC consultant identified the feeder roads, which are proposed for rehabilitation under the project in Vose and Khovaling districts. Totally, about 30 km of feeder roads were selected for rehabilitation, with the estimated rehabilitation cost of $1.8 million (approximately $0.9 million each contract). The procurement process will start in Q4, 2016.

Institutional strengthening: The performance-based road maintenance contracts will be procured with government own funds upon completion of road rehabilitation. No activity started yet in this regard.

Road safety audits and engineering, including design review and traffic safety trainings were conducted.

Geographical Location Khatlon region,Dushanbe region

Safeguard Categories

Environment B
Involuntary Resettlement B
Indigenous Peoples C

Summary of Environmental and Social Aspects

Environmental Aspects The roads will not pass through any environmentally sensitive area and rehabilitation activities will be contained within the existing ROW. The project is anticipated to have site-specific environmental impacts.
Involuntary Resettlement Limited IR impacts might occur in terms of impacts on agricultural land plot, residential fences structures, and business establishment.
Indigenous Peoples No impact on indigenous people or ethnic minorities in the project areas are envisaged since all activities will be limited to the existing ROW.
Stakeholder Communication, Participation, and Consultation
During Project Design Consultations with community-based organizations, local governments and communities, and project affected people were held during project processing.
During Project Implementation Meetings with community-based organizations, local governments and communities, project affected people, and/or NGOs will be held from time to time during project implementation.

Business Opportunities

Consulting Services

An international firm will be recruited in accordance with ADB's Guidelines on the Use of Consultants (2013, as amended from time to time) to (i) help the PIU supervise project implementation, (ii) provide hands-on training in project management and reporting, and (iii) improve institutional capacity in road safety management and promote community road safety awareness.

Request For Proposal for consulting services was sent out to short-listed firms in August 2013.

Procurement

All procurement financed under the ADB grant will follow international competitive bidding and/or national competitive bidding procedures pursuant to ADB's Procurement Guidelines (2013, as amended from time to time) and ADB's prior review.

The Invitation for Bidding for Vose-Khovaling road works was issued in July 2013.

Responsible Staff

Responsible ADB Officer Farrukh Nuriddinov
Responsible ADB Department Central and West Asia Department
Responsible ADB Division Tajikistan Resident Mission
Executing Agencies
Ministry of Transport
[email protected]
14, Aini Street
Dushanbe 734042
Tajikistan

Timetable

Concept Clearance 29 May 2013
Fact Finding 23 May 2013 to 05 Jun 2013
MRM 17 Jul 2013
Approval 19 Sep 2013
Last Review Mission -
Last PDS Update 26 Sep 2016

Grant 0356-TAJ

Milestones
Approval Signing Date Effectivity Date Closing
Original Revised Actual
19 Sep 2013 07 Oct 2013 07 Jan 2014 31 Oct 2017 - -
Financing Plan Grant Utilization
Total (Amount in US$ million) Date ADB Others Net Percentage
Project Cost 89.00 Cumulative Contract Awards
ADB 70.00 19 Sep 2013 49.42 0.00 71%
Counterpart 19.00 Cumulative Disbursements
Cofinancing 0.00 19 Sep 2013 41.01 0.00 59%
Title Document Type Document Date
CAREC Corridors 3 and 5 Enhancement Project: Audited Project Financial Statements (January-December 2015) Audited Project Financial Statements Jul 2016
Central Asia Regional Economic Cooperation Corridors 3 and 5 Enhancement Project: Procurement Plan Procurement Plans Apr 2016
CAREC Corridors 3 and 5 Enhancement Project: Audited Project Financial Statements (January-December 2014) Audited Project Financial Statements Oct 2015
Проект укрепления Коридоров 3 и 5 Центрально-азиатского регионального экономического сотрудничества : Справочный лист проекта Translated PDS Apr 2014
Коридорҳои 3 ва 5-и ҳамкориҳои иқтисодии Осиёи марказӣ Лоиҳаи густариш : Маълумот дар бораи лоиҳа Translated PDS Apr 2014
Grant Agreement (Special Operations) for Central Asia Regional Economic Cooperation Corridors 3 and 5 Enhancement Project Grant Agreement Oct 2013
Central Asia Regional Economic Cooperation Corridors 3 and 5 Enhancement Project: Report and Recommendation of the President Reports and Recommendations of the President Aug 2013
Central Asia Regional Economic Cooperation Corridors 3 and 5 Enhancement Project Gender Action Plans Aug 2013
Central Asia Regional Economic Cooperation Corridors 3 and 5 Enhancement Project Project/Program Administration Manual Jul 2013
Central Asia Regional Economic Cooperation Corridors 3 and 5 Enhancement Project Initial Poverty and Social Analysis Jun 2013

Evaluation Documents See also: Independent Evaluation

None currently available.

Related Publications

None currently available.


The Public Communications Policy (PCP) establishes the disclosure requirements for documents and information ADB produces or requires to be produced in its operations to facilitate stakeholder participation in ADB's decision-making. For more information, refer to the Safeguard Policy Statement, Operations Manual F1, and Operations Manual L3.

Requests for information may also be directed to the InfoUnit.