Pakistan: National Highway Network Development in Balochistan Project

Sovereign Project | 47281-001 Status: Active

Summary

The project will rehabilitate 79 km of the existing two-lane road of Zhob Mughal Kot (N50) and 128 km of the existing two-lane road of Qila Saifullah Waghum (N70) in Balochistan of Pakistan.

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Project Name National Highway Network Development in Balochistan Project
Project Number 47281-001
Country Pakistan
Project Status Active
Project Type / Modality of Assistance Loan

Source of Funding / Amount
Grant 0451-PAK: National Highway Network Development in Balochistan Project
Department for International Development US$ 72.40 million
Loan 3134-PAK: National Highway Network Development in Balochistan Project
Ordinary capital resources US$ 122.60 million
Strategic Agendas Inclusive economic growth
Drivers of Change Partnerships
Sector / Subsector

Transport - Road transport (non-urban)

Gender Equity and Mainstreaming No gender elements
Description The project will rehabilitate 79 km of the existing two-lane road of Zhob Mughal Kot (N50) and 128 km of the existing two-lane road of Qila Saifullah Waghum (N70) in Balochistan of Pakistan.
Project Rationale and Linkage to Country/Regional Strategy Balochistan is situated in the southwest of Pakistan and the largest province by area constituting 44% of Pakistan's total land mass. It is bordered by Afghanistan north and north-west, Iran to the south-west, Punjab and Sindh, and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and the Federally Administered Tribal Areas to the north-east. To the south lies the Arabian Sea. It links the geopolitical regions of the Middle East, Central and South Asia, and provides the shortest route to seaports from Central Asia and Xinjian province of PRC. Despite the large potential as a transport hub, its economic development has been in doldrums because of poor security and political instability and its transport infrastructure is in a dire state, hardly serviceable for regional transit traffic. The road network and connectivity is poorest in the country. The length of the national highways in the province is about 2,300 km. Balochistan has still, however, the lowest density of roads among the four provinces of Pakistan. Poor connectivity and access continue to be a major problem, which particularly affect the poor, who live mostly in the rural areas. Several sections of existing roads and highways are too narrow with respect to the traffic carried, and in poor condition; the conditions cause high vehicle operating cost and compromise road safety.
Impact Accessible, affordable, and safe road network in Balochistan

Project Outcome

Description of Outcome Reduced transport cost from Balochistan to the political and industrial centers of the country
Progress Toward Outcome

N-50- Zhob Mughalkot - 2 civil works contracts have been awarded for the construction of 79 km road.

Lot 1 Zhob-Killi Khudae Nazar - Progress Achieved 23.5% vs 5.78% planned

Lot 2 Khudae Nazar-Mughalkot - Progress Achieved 15.15% vs 20.20% planned

N-70 - 2 civil works contracts have been awarded for the construction of 128 km road.

Lot 1- Qilla Saifullah Loralai - Progress Achieved 15.11% vs. 17.60% planned

Lot 2-Qilla Saifullah-Waghum Rud - Progress Achieved 14.49% vs. 21.42% planned

The mobilization advance for two lots of Qila Saifullah-Waghum and two lots for the Zhob-Mughal Kot have been paid in July and Aug 2016. Supervision consultant has mobilized staff to site. Design review is expected to be completed by October 2016. Notice to proceed was issued for non-LARP sections. The administration of this project was fully delegated to ADB Pakistan Resident Mission effective 30 September 2016.

Implementation Progress
Description of Project Outputs

Two-lane roads of Zhob-Mughal Kot and Qila Saifullah-Waghum rehabilitated

Community facilitation centers integrated into the improved mobility through rehabilitated project roads

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

Design Review has been completed however, some revisions of the bridge design are ongoing for N70.

Design review is ongoing and expected to be completed in October 2016.

Assessment of outputs will be determined at project completion.

Local community facilitation centers will be developed along the project roads to enable local communities to take advantage of the improved mobility through rehabilitated project roads.

Geographical Location Balochistan

Safeguard Categories

Environment B
Involuntary Resettlement B
Indigenous Peoples C

Summary of Environmental and Social Aspects

Environmental Aspects

SSEMP of N70 reviewed and approved by NHA EALS is submitted to ADB on 17 March 2017

SSEMP of N50 is still awaited.

The project has been categorized environment category B. The civil works associated with the two road rehabilitation subprojects are limited to resurfacing and some widening. This will involve minimum civil works, and the entire operation will remain within the existing right-of-way (ROW) of both highways. The environmental impacts that will result from this are limited to the construction phase of the two subprojects; all impacts will be temporary in nature, with no residual long-term impacts. Initial environmental examination reports for the two project roads were prepared and uploaded on the ADB website.

Involuntary Resettlement

N70: EA endorsed updated LARP cleared by ADB in January 2017. LARP implementation is in progress

N50: LARP updating is being processed by the EA.

The project is classified category B for resettlement impacts. The project was designed to avoid land acquisition and minimize the involuntary resettlement impacts by adopting existing alignment of the project roads and using the most feasible technical design. Resettlement plans were prepared in accordance with national legal requirements and ADB's Safeguard Policy Statement (2009). According to the census survey, no affected household will be physically or economically displaced.

Indigenous Peoples The project roads are located in the settled areas of Balochistan Province, with no indigenous peoples as defined under ADB's Safeguard Policy Statement (2009). Therefore, no indigenous peoples communities will be affected by the project. Accordingly, the project is classified category C under ADB's Safeguard Policy Statement, with no indigenous peoples planning documents required.
Stakeholder Communication, Participation, and Consultation
During Project Design Public consultation and information disclosure were undertaken during the preparation of resettlement plans, including affected persons and the public along the project roads.
During Project Implementation The consultation and information-sharing process will be continued throughout project implementation.

Business Opportunities

Consulting Services Consulting Services are in accordance with ADB''s Guidelines on the Use of Consultants (2013, as amended from time to time). A construction supervision consulting firm for the four civil works contracts was selected for the Project.
Procurement Procurement of civil works under the project is in accordance with ADB''s Guidelines for Procurement (2015, as amended from time to time) using international competitive bidding procedure. Four civil works contracts were awarded under the project: (i) Zhob-Mughal Kot-N50 (2 lots); and (ii) Qila Saifullah-Waghum Rud-N70 (2 lots).

Responsible Staff

Responsible ADB Officer Karki, Pawan
Responsible ADB Department Central and West Asia Department
Responsible ADB Division Pakistan Resident Mission
Executing Agencies
National Highway Authority
Room No. 110, 1st Floor,
NC Building, Sector G-9/1
Islamabad, Pakistan

Timetable

Concept Clearance 08 Nov 2013
Fact Finding 24 Oct 2013 to 30 Oct 2013
MRM 20 May 2014
Approval 27 Jun 2014
Last Review Mission -
Last PDS Update 17 Mar 2017

Grant 0451-PAK

Milestones
Approval Signing Date Effectivity Date Closing
Original Revised Actual
03 Nov 2015 14 Jan 2016 02 Feb 2016 31 Dec 2018 - -
Financing Plan Grant Utilization
Total (Amount in US$ million) Date ADB Others Net Percentage
Project Cost 72.40 Cumulative Contract Awards
ADB 0.00 03 Nov 2015 0.00 60.33 83%
Counterpart 0.00 Cumulative Disbursements
Cofinancing 72.40 03 Nov 2015 0.00 0.00 0%

Loan 3134-PAK

Milestones
Approval Signing Date Effectivity Date Closing
Original Revised Actual
27 Jun 2014 12 May 2015 10 Aug 2015 31 Dec 2018 - -
Financing Plan Loan Utilization
Total (Amount in US$ million) Date ADB Others Net Percentage
Project Cost 162.60 Cumulative Contract Awards
ADB 122.60 27 Jun 2014 88.92 0.00 73%
Counterpart 40.00 Cumulative Disbursements
Cofinancing 0.00 27 Jun 2014 33.84 0.00 28%

Safeguard Documents See also: Safeguards

Safeguard documents provided at the time of project/facility approval may also be found in the list of linked documents provided with the Report and Recommendation of the President.

Title Document Type Document Date
National Highway Network Development in Balochistan Project: N-70 Qila Saifullah-Loralai-WaigumRud Road Section Resettlement Implementation Report (January-March 2017) Social Monitoring Reports May 2017
National Highway Network Development in Balochistan Project: N-70 Qila Saifullah-Loralai-Waigum Rud Section Resettlement Plan Resettlement Plans Dec 2016
National Highway Network Development in Balochistan Project: Zhob-MughalKot Section (N-50) Safeguards Due Diligence Report Safeguards Due Diligence Reports Sep 2016
National Highway Network Development in Balochistan Project: QilaSaifullah-WaigumRud Section (N-70) Safeguards Due Diligence Report Safeguards Due Diligence Reports Sep 2016
National Highway Network Development in Balochistan Project: N-70 Road Widening and Improvement Project Resettlement Plans May 2014
National Highway Network Development in Balochistan Project: N-50 Road Widening and Improvement Project Resettlement Plan Resettlement Plans May 2014
National Highway Network Development in Balochistan Project: Improvement and Widening of Qila Saifullah-Loralai-Waigum Rud Section of N-70 (Revised) Initial Environmental Examination May 2014
National Highway Network Development in Balochistan Project: Improvement and Widening of Zhob-Mughalkot Section of N-50 (Revised) Initial Environmental Examination May 2014
National Highway Network Development in Balochistan Project: Improvement and Widening of Qila Saifullah-Loralai-Waigum Rud Section of N-70 Initial Environmental Examination Jan 2014
National Highway Network Development in Balochistan Project: Improvement and Widening of Zhob-Mughalkot Section of N-50 Initial Environmental Examination Jan 2014

Evaluation Documents See also: Independent Evaluation

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