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.
|Project Name||Central Asia Regional Economic Cooperation Corridors 3 and 5 Enhancement Project|
|Project Type / Modality of Assistance||Grant
|Source of Funding / Amount||
|Strategic Agendas||Environmentally sustainable growth
Inclusive economic growth
|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.|
|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.|
|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
|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. 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. Another extension of the contract implementation period until 14 July 2017 is being considered to allow successful completion of the outstanding works, including all additional safety features as required by the Road Police Department.
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. Another extension of the contract completion date until 31 August 2017 was approved in March 2017 to allow additional works related to reconstruction and minor shift of road section at km 250 following flush water and mudflows in Surkhob river in June 2016, which washed out the ongoing works for construction of retaining walls on km 250 and resulted in disruption of road traffic between Tajikistan and Kyrgyzstan. Civil works are ongoing.
Road safety features: The contract for Design, Supply, Installation, Operations and Maintenance of the Roadside Solar PV Facilities was signed on 30 November 2016 with expected completion in October 2017. Works are 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 is ongoing.
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|
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.|
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.
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 ADB Officer||Nuriddinov, Farrukh Sharofiddinovich|
|Responsible ADB Department||Central and West Asia Department|
|Responsible ADB Division||Tajikistan Resident Mission|
Ministry of Transport
14, Aini Street
|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||24 Mar 2017|
|Approval||Signing Date||Effectivity Date||Closing|
|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||53.18||0.00||76%|
|Cofinancing||0.00||19 Sep 2013||42.96||0.00||61%|
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