Tajikistan : CAREC Corridors 2, 5, and 6 (Dushanbe–Kurgonteppa) Road Project

Sovereign Project | 49042-001

The Government of Tajikistan (the government) has requested project preparatory technical assistance (PPTA) from the Asian Development Bank (ADB) to identify, formulate and prepare for the Dushanbe to Kurgonteppa Road Project, which forms part of CAREC corridors 2, 5 and 6. The project will improve the connectivity between the capital Dushanbe and Kurgonteppa, which are two major cities and economic hubs in Tajikistan. The project will also improve facilities and safety along and in the vicinity of this road, and strengthen the institutional capacity of the Ministry of Transport (MOT). The PPTA will assess the technical, economic, financial, social, and environmental viability of the project and prepare required due diligence documents. For the PPTA, an international consulting firm was recruited using quality- and cost- based selection. ADB selected the consulting firm in accordance with ADB's Guidelines on the Use of Consultants (2013, as amended from time to time).

Project Details

  • Project Officer
    Bouhmad, Kamel
    Central and West Asia Department
    Request for information
  • Country/Economy
    Tajikistan
  • Modality
  • Sector
    • Transport
Project Name
CAREC Corridors 2, 5, and 6 (Dushanbe–Kurgonteppa) Road Project
Project Number
49042-001
Country / Economy
  • Tajikistan
Project Status
Closed
Project Type / Modality of Assistance
  • Technical Assistance
Source of Funding / Amount
TA 8945-TAJ: CAREC Corridors 2, 5, and 6 Road Project (Dushanbe"Kurgonteppa)
Source Amount
Technical Assistance Special Fund US$ 1.00 million
TA 8945-TAJ: CAREC Corridors 2, 5, and 6 Road Project (Dushanbe"Kurgonteppa) (Supplementary)
Source Amount
Technical Assistance Special Fund US$ 500,000.00
Strategic Agendas
  • Inclusive economic growth
Drivers of Change
  • Gender Equity and Mainstreaming
  • Governance and capacity development
  • Knowledge solutions
Sector / Subsector
  • Transport / Road transport (non-urban)

Gender
Some gender elements
Description
The Government of Tajikistan (the government) has requested project preparatory technical assistance (PPTA) from the Asian Development Bank (ADB) to identify, formulate and prepare for the Dushanbe to Kurgonteppa Road Project, which forms part of CAREC corridors 2, 5 and 6. The project will improve the connectivity between the capital Dushanbe and Kurgonteppa, which are two major cities and economic hubs in Tajikistan. The project will also improve facilities and safety along and in the vicinity of this road, and strengthen the institutional capacity of the Ministry of Transport (MOT). The PPTA will assess the technical, economic, financial, social, and environmental viability of the project and prepare required due diligence documents. For the PPTA, an international consulting firm was recruited using quality- and cost- based selection. ADB selected the consulting firm in accordance with ADB's Guidelines on the Use of Consultants (2013, as amended from time to time).
Project Rationale and Linkage to Country/Regional Strategy

Tajikistan is a landlocked country in Central Asia bordered by Afghanistan, the People's Republic of China, the Kyrgyz Republic, and Uzbekistan. Despite its strategic location, the country has a gross domestic product per capita of just $1,037, and 35% of the population still lived below the poverty line in 2013. Almost 70% of the population lives in rural areas, in a largely (93%) mountainous territory, where only 10% of the land is suitable for cultivation. Tajikistan heavily depends on transport corridors to support investment, job creation, trade, and ultimately economic growth and poverty reduction. Ailing transport infrastructure and geographic isolation result in high transport costs and limited access to markets and services, which pose significant barriers to the country's economic and social development. Four CAREC regional corridors (2, 3, 5, and 6) cross parts of Tajikistan, highlighting the importance of road network connectivity and regional integration.

The development of the transport sector is guided by the government's National Development Strategy and the Transport Sector Master Plan, and implemented through the State Program on Transport Sector Development 20102025. The Transport Sector Master Plan, developed with ADB assistance, is the basis for the government's strategic sector planning; as such it provides a framework for coordination among government bodies and development partners. The State Program on Transport Sector Development includes a list of short-, medium-, and long-term investments that is regularly reviewed and updated. The size of the ADB transport sector program, coupled with its leading role in the CAREC transport program, has positioned ADB to successfully support the government's sector strategies, policies, and plans.

The government has requested ADB assistance to improve portions of CAREC corridors 2, 5, and 6 by upgrading the 82 km DushanbeKurgonteppa road, for which ADB has programmed two projects in 2016 and 2018 as presented in the Tajikistan country operations business plan, 20162018. The project road passes through terrain that varies from flat to mountainous, and connects Dushanbe to Afghanistan. The first project will focus on improving an approximately 33 km section of the road from Dushanbe to Chashmasoron, hereinafter referred to as the project road. Improving the road is a government priority, as reflected by its inclusion in the National Development Strategy, and its consistency with the ADB country partnership strategy. The project is also consistent with the CAREC Transport and Trade Facilitation Strategy 2020 and will contribute to achieving goals 3 (good health and well-being) and 9 (industry, innovation, and infrastructure) of the Sustainable Development Goals.

The project will support the government's program to progressively improve the road by (i) expanding its width from two to four lanes, to address impending capacity constraints; (ii) improving its surface condition through construction of new pavement; and (iii) providing well-designed safety facilities to address existing road safety deficiencies. The project will introduce clean energy technologies, such as solar street lighting and solar-based backup systems, to enhance power reliability and efficiency along the project road. This will contribute to improved living standards in the villages along the project road, and to reduced carbon dioxide emissions. The project will also develop guidelines on safe arterial road design and initiate the development of a tailored road asset management system, with a view to incrementally strengthening MOT capacity in these areas. This approach will support a continued policy dialogue that will run parallel with progressive improvement of the road, and will be closely coordinated with other development partners active in the transport sector.

Impact

Project Outcome

Description of Outcome
Progress Toward Outcome

Implementation Progress

Description of Project Outputs
Status of Implementation Progress (Outputs, Activities, and Issues)
Geographical Location
Dushanbe, Qurghonteppa International Airport

Summary of Environmental and Social Aspects

Environmental Aspects
Involuntary Resettlement
Indigenous Peoples

Stakeholder Communication, Participation, and Consultation

During Project Design
Consultations and meetings were held during feasibility stage where stakeholders' views were collected and reflected into the project design.
During Project Implementation
Consultations and meetings were held throughout implementation that ensured stakeholders views were adequately considered during project implementation.

Business Opportunities

Consulting Services

A project preparatory technical assistance (PPTA) in the amount of $1,500,000 equivalent requiring the services of international consultants and national consultants proposed for financing through TASF-V, has been programmed to prepare the project. The government will provide in-kind contribution in the form of counterpart staff, office supplies, secretarial assistance, domestic transportation, provision of office space, and other in-kind contributions.

ADB selected and engaged the consulting firm in accordance with ADB s Guidelines on the Use of Consultants (2013, as amended from time to time). Contract was awarded on 29 February 2016 and consulting services commenced on 1 March 2016.

Procurement
Advance contracting to expedite project implementation will follow both ADB's procurement (2015, as amended from time to time) and consulting guidelines (2013, as amended from time to time).

Contact

Responsible ADB Officer
Bouhmad, Kamel
Responsible ADB Department
Central and West Asia Department
Responsible ADB Division
Transport and Communications Division, CWRD
Executing Agencies
Ministry of Transport

Timetable

Concept Clearance
-
Fact Finding
-
MRM
-
Approval
21 Aug 2015
Last Review Mission
-
Last PDS Update
27 Mar 2018

Funding

TA 8945-TAJ

Milestones
Approval Signing Date Effectivity Date Closing
Original Revised Actual
21 Aug 2015 15 Sep 2015 15 Sep 2015 30 Sep 2016 31 Mar 2018 25 Apr 2018
Financing Plan/TA Utilization
ADB Cofinancing Counterpart Total
Gov Beneficiaries Project Sponsor Others
1,500,000.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 1,500,000.00
Cumulative Disbursements
Date Amount
17 Jun 2022 1,495,699.23

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Tenders

Tender Title Type Status Posting Date Deadline
Road Transport Specialist Individual - Consulting Closed

Contracts Awarded

Contract Title Approval Number Contract Date Contractor | Address Executing Agency Total Contract Amount (US$) Contract Amount Financed by ADB (US$)
REHABILITATION AND IMPROVEMENT OF THE DUSHANBE- KURGONTEPPA ROAD, FROM KM 0 275 TO KM 33 475 Loan 3451 30 Oct 2017 XINJIANG BEIXIN ROAD AND BRIDGE GROUP CO. LTD | 16&17 FLR BLOCK A, ECO PLAZA NO. 217 HIGH-TECH STREET, HIGH-TECH INDUSTRIAL CHINA,PEOPLE'SREP.OF Ministry of Transport 47,462,253.00 22,502,038.00
Project Preparatory Technical Assistance 8945 29 Feb 2016 Kocks Consult GmbH (Germany) in Association with State Unitary Enterprise Research, Design & Survey (Tajikistan) | STEGEMANSSTRASSE 32-38 56068 KOBLENZ GERMANY Ministry of Transport 879,485.00

Procurement Plan

None currently available.