India: South Asia Subregional Economic Cooperation Road Connectivity Investment Program

Sovereign Project | 47341-001

The SASEC Road Connectivity Investment Program (SRCIP) will improve road connectivity and efficiency of the international trade corridor, by expanding about 500km of roads in the North Bengal and Northeastern Region (NB-NER) of India. The project area under SRCIP is a key strategic thoroughfare integrating South and South East Asia, bordering Bangladesh, Bhutan, Myanmar and Nepal. It will enable efficient and safe transport within India and regionally with other South Asia Subregional Economic Cooperation (SASEC) member countries. Ultimately, SRCIP will pave the way from India and other South Asian countries to Myanmar, and further afield to other member countries of the Association of South East Asian Nations (ASEAN).

Project Name South Asia Subregional Economic Cooperation Road Connectivity Investment Program
Project Number 47341-001
Country / Economy India
Project Status Active
Project Type / Modality of Assistance Loan
Source of Funding / Amount
MFF Facility Concept 0079-IND: Sout Asia Subregional Economic Cooperation Road Connectivity Investment Program
Ordinary capital resources US$ 500.00 million
Strategic Agendas Inclusive economic growth
Regional integration
Drivers of Change Gender Equity and Mainstreaming
Private sector development
Sector / Subsector

Transport / Transport policies and institutional development

Gender Equity and Mainstreaming Some gender elements
Description The SASEC Road Connectivity Investment Program (SRCIP) will improve road connectivity and efficiency of the international trade corridor, by expanding about 500km of roads in the North Bengal and Northeastern Region (NB-NER) of India. The project area under SRCIP is a key strategic thoroughfare integrating South and South East Asia, bordering Bangladesh, Bhutan, Myanmar and Nepal. It will enable efficient and safe transport within India and regionally with other South Asia Subregional Economic Cooperation (SASEC) member countries. Ultimately, SRCIP will pave the way from India and other South Asian countries to Myanmar, and further afield to other member countries of the Association of South East Asian Nations (ASEAN).
Project Rationale and Linkage to Country/Regional Strategy

One of the major constraints for regional connectivity is the last-mile connectivity, especially in NB-NER, between the in-country trunk road network and neighboring countries, which has been often left out development due to tedious coordination with multiple agencies and countries. The road network capacity in NB-NER is limited due to geographic constraints and limited availability of land, and increased traffic level. Security concerns also lower the network utilization. However, the connectivity in NB-NER is the key to integration of South and South East Asia. Increase in trades and the resultant traffic, and improved road capacity and conditions, will improve the security situation and network utilization.

Transport infrastructure development is high priority for the government, making ADBs strategy of reducing poverty through infrastructure-led growth especially relevant. ADBs continued support for regional connectivity is in line with the country partnership strategy (2013-2017 and 2018-2022) for India, in terms of supporting regional connectivity and inclusive growth. The investment program has been designed in coordination with development partners to avoid overlaps, and continues ADB support for implementation efficiency of road agencies in parallel with improvement to the last-mile connectivity for regional cooperation and integration. SAPE recommendations have been taken into account, e.g., enhancing project readiness and engaging consultants for project implementation support to strengthen project implementation capacity. SRCIP is also relevant to the Regional Cooperation Strategy in South Asia 2011-2015 and SASEC Operational Plan 2016-2025 aimed at improving subregional connectivity and promoting intraregional trade.

Impact Increased domestic and regional trade through North Bengal and Northeastern Region (NB-NER) of India
Project Outcome
Description of Outcome Improved road connectivity and efficiency of the NB-NER international trade corridor
Progress Toward Outcome Subprojects under Tranche 1 and 2 are under implementation.
Implementation Progress
Description of Project Outputs

Improved roads for regional connectivity.

Developed capacity and supported project implementation for MPWD.

Status of Implementation Progress (Outputs, Activities, and Issues) Civil works are ongoing with compliance with core labor standards. First workshop covering project implementation was conducted in 2018. Seminars are being conducted on a regular basis.
Geographical Location
Summary of Environmental and Social Aspects
Environmental Aspects The categorization of individual Projects/Tranches has been/will be determined in accordance with the Environmental Assessment and Review Framework.
Involuntary Resettlement The categorization of individual Projects/Tranches has been/will be determined in accordance with the Resettlement Framework.
Indigenous Peoples The categorization of individual Projects/Tranches has been/will be determined in accordance with the Indigenous Peoples Planning Framework was prepared.
Stakeholder Communication, Participation, and Consultation
During Project Design The stake holders have been consulted during design stage.
During Project Implementation Consultation as required, is being carried out during project implementation.
Business Opportunities
Consulting Services Consultants have been/will be recruited in accordance with ADB's Guidelines on the Use of Consultants (March 2013, as amended from time to time).
Procurement Procurement to be financed from the ADB loan has been/will be carried out in accordance with ADB Procurement Guidelines (March 2013, as amended from time to time).
Responsible ADB Officer Sorti, Mihir
Responsible ADB Department South Asia Department
Responsible ADB Division India Resident Mission
Timetable
Concept Clearance 16 Dec 2013
Fact Finding 02 Dec 2013 to 17 Dec 2013
MRM 31 Jan 2014
Approval 28 Mar 2014
Last Review Mission -
Last PDS Update 28 Jun 2022

MFF Facility Concept 0079-IND

Financing Plan Loan Utilization
Total (Amount in US$ million) Date ADB Others Net Percentage
Project Cost 761.60 Cumulative Contract Awards
ADB 500.00 - 0.00 0.00 %
Counterpart 261.60 Cumulative Disbursements
Cofinancing 0.00 - 0.00 0.00 %

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Title Document Type Document Date
South Asia Subregional Economic Cooperation Road Connectivity Investment Program (Tranche 1) - Asian Highways 2 and 48: Addendum to the December 2013 Environmental Impact Assessment Environmental Impact Assessments Sep 2017
SASEC Road Connectivity Investment Program: Updated Environmental Assessment and Review Framework Environmental Assessment and Review Framework May 2017
SASEC Road Connectivity Investment Program: Updated Resettlement Framework Resettlement Frameworks Apr 2017
SASEC Road Connectivity Investment Program (Tranche 1) - Imphal-Kangchup-Tamenglong Road: Final Environmental Impact Assessment Environmental Impact Assessments Jun 2015
South Asia Subregional Economic Cooperation Road Connectivity Investment Program (Tranche 1) - Imphal-Kangchup-Tamenglong Road: Updated Environmental Impact Assessment Environmental Impact Assessments Mar 2015
SASEC Road Connectivity Investment Program: Updated Resettlement Framework (February 2015) Resettlement Frameworks Feb 2015
South Asia Subregional Economic Cooperation Road Connectivity Investment Program (Tranche 1) - Imphal-Kangchup-Tamenglong Road: Environmental Impact Assessment (Updated Draft) Environmental Impact Assessments Dec 2014
South Asia Subregional Economic Cooperation Road Connectivity Investment Program - Tranche 1: Imphal-Kangchup-Tamenglong Road Environmental Impact Assessment Environmental Impact Assessments Dec 2014
SASEC Road Connectivity Investment Program Indigenous Peoples Planning Frameworks/Indigenous Peoples Development Frameworks Feb 2014
SASEC Road Connectivity Investment Program Resettlement Frameworks Feb 2014
SASEC Road Connectivity Investment Program Environmental Assessment and Review Framework Feb 2014
SASEC Road Connectivity Investment Program: Panitanki - Bagdogra - Shivmandir More - Medical More - Fulbari Section Resettlement Plan Resettlement Plans Jan 2014
SASEC Road Connectivity Investment Program: Changrabandha - Mainaguri - Dhupguri - Birpara - Hasimara - Jaigaon Section Resettlement Plan Resettlement Plans Jan 2014
SASEC Road Connectivity Investment Program Indigenous Peoples Planning Frameworks/Indigenous Peoples Development Frameworks Dec 2013
SASEC Road Connectivity Investment Program Resettlement Frameworks Dec 2013
SASEC Road Connectivity Investment Program (formerly SASEC Road Connectivity Sector Project) Environmental Impact Assessments Dec 2013
SASEC Road Connectivity Investment Program Environmental Assessment and Review Framework Dec 2013
SASEC Road Connectivity Sector Project: Asian Highways 2 & 48 Environmental Impact Assessments Jul 2013

Evaluation Documents See also: Independent Evaluation

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Tenders

Tender Title Type Status Posting Date Deadline
IND: SASEC Road Connectivity Investment Program Advance Notice Archived 03 Feb 2014

Contracts Awarded

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