India: Rajasthan State Highway Investment Program - Tranche 2
Tranche 2 will improve the efficiency and safety of transport on the state highways of Rajasthan thereby providing quality connectivity for social and economic activities. It will (i) upgrade about 754 kilometers of state highways and major district roads (MDRs) to two-lane or intermediate-lane standards in keeping with road safety requirements; and (ii) enhance the capacity of the Public Works Department of the Government of Rajasthan (RPWD) by improving the business processes and procedures of its public-private partnership (PPP) division on project management, safeguards implementation and monitoring, and road safety. The project will catalyze the sustainable development of Rajasthan through the collaboration of the public and private sectors.
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|Project Name||Rajasthan State Highway Investment Program - Tranche 2|
|Country / Economy||India
|Project Type / Modality of Assistance||Loan
|Source of Funding / Amount||
|Strategic Agendas||Environmentally sustainable growth
Inclusive economic growth
|Drivers of Change||Gender Equity and Mainstreaming
Governance and capacity development
Private sector development
|Sector / Subsector||
Transport / Road transport (non-urban)
|Gender Equity and Mainstreaming||Some gender elements|
|Description||Tranche 2 will improve the efficiency and safety of transport on the state highways of Rajasthan thereby providing quality connectivity for social and economic activities. It will (i) upgrade about 754 kilometers of state highways and major district roads (MDRs) to two-lane or intermediate-lane standards in keeping with road safety requirements; and (ii) enhance the capacity of the Public Works Department of the Government of Rajasthan (RPWD) by improving the business processes and procedures of its public-private partnership (PPP) division on project management, safeguards implementation and monitoring, and road safety. The project will catalyze the sustainable development of Rajasthan through the collaboration of the public and private sectors.|
|Project Rationale and Linkage to Country/Regional Strategy||Rajasthan is the largest state in India, covering an area of 342,239 square kilometers. It has a population of about 68.5 million, 75% of whom live in rural areas and depend their livelihood primarily on agriculture and agro-based industries, mining and mineral processing, tourism, handicraft and cottage industries. Although Rajasthan has strong potential for growth in these sectors, it remains underutilized due to the poor connectivity to socioeconomic centers and social services. Road density in Rajasthan is around 63.61 kilometers per 100 square kilometers, which is significantly lower compared to the national average of 166.47 km per 100 square kilometers. In contrast, the number of vehicles registered in Rajasthan has increased significantly, from 10.07 million in 2013 to 14.9 million in 2017, with an average annual growth of 8.2%. To facilitate Rajasthan's development through inclusive economic growth and poverty reduction, the Government of Rajasthan aims to provide a safe, sound, environment-friendly and sustainable state-of-the-art road infrastructure network through the Rajasthan's State Highway Development Program (SHDP). To achieve this objective, SHDP needs to address the following four key challenges: insufficient state budget for capital investment on road constructions; inadequate road maintenance program; weak road safety management; and inadequate capacity of RPWD, in particular on road asset management and road safety. The investment program, designed as an integral part of the SHDP, aims to improve the performance of the state's road transport subsector to facilitate movements of people and goods in a more efficient, safe, and sustainable manner.|
Good quality connectivity in all areas provided.
|Description of Outcome||
Efficiency and safety of transport on the state highways of Rajasthan improved.
|Progress Toward Outcome||
All four EPC contracts were awarded and the construction work is on-going. Concession agreement of the two annuity contracts were executed.
Road safety audit was conducted for project roads at different stages.
|Description of Project Outputs||
State highways and major district roads improved
Capacity of the RPWD enhanced
|Status of Implementation Progress (Outputs, Activities, and Issues)||
For the 4 EPC packages, the rehabilitation and widening works for over 370 km out of the 474 km of roads (78%) were completed. Both AN-1 and AN-2 have been awarded and contract agreements were executed.
Capacity building activities are on-going.
|Summary of Environmental and Social Aspects|
|Environmental Aspects||An environmental assessment and review framework (EARF) to guide screening, environmental assessment and monitoring of subprojects has been prepared and updated to include the authority and independent engineer and clarify roles in the institutional arrangement._Tranche 2 is categorized as B for environment safeguards in accordance with the SPS. The scope of works for roads under tranche 2 is limited to widening of existing roads to mainly two-lane with granular shoulder. None of the roads pass through or are located near any environmentally sensitive areas. Anticipated environmental impacts under tranche 2 entail typical road construction-related issues such as the generation of dust, noise, exhaust, and waste from construction and worker camps; water contamination; restrictions on animal movement; and occupational health and safety hazards. To minimize adverse impacts on the movements of animals such as the chinkara, nilgai, and road users, particularly in the Thar Desert, the road design includes signboards and pipes turned into box culverts with vegetation camouflage to serve as underpasses. A consolidated Initial Environmental Examination (IEE) has been prepared for all roads with road-specific EMPs and EMoPs and has been disclosed on the ADB and RPWD website._Meaningful consultations with key environmental agencies and roadside communities were conducted during project preparation, and all concerns of the affected persons and stakeholders were incorporated in IEE and EMP. An integrated social and environmental grievance redress mechanism has been formed to continue receiving feedback and complaints from affected parties and addressing them during the construction and operation stages.|
|Involuntary Resettlement||A resettlement framework guides the screening and preparation of subprojects. Tranche 2 is classified as category A for involuntary resettlement following the ADB SPS. The engineering design was optimized to minimize land acquisition. Eleven resettlement plans corresponding to the number of project roads have been prepared following India Right to Fair Compensation and Transparency in Land Acquisition, Rehabilitation, and Resettlement Act, 2013 and ADB's SPS, and have been disclosed on ADB website. About 107 hectares of private land will be acquired, which will affect 645 private structures. In total, 2,295 households comprising 13,334 people will be impacted, of which 799 households will experience economic displacement and 1,496 households will experience physical displacement. The displaced households will be entitled to replacement compensation, shifting cost, and other income restoration assistance for the loss of land and structures. Impacts have been thoroughly assessed and the proposed measures in the resettlement plans are commensurate with these. The RPWD is experienced in implementing projects funded by international development banks and has committed to provide resources to implement the resettlement plans in a timely manner. The RPWD will engage nongovernment organizations to assist with the implementation of the resettlement plans, a project management consultant with a social safeguard specialist to support the implementing agency, and an external expert to verify the outcome of resettlement plan implementation.|
|Indigenous Peoples||Tranche 2 is classified as category C following the SPS. Due diligence has confirmed that there are no indigenous peoples groups in the project area within the meaning of the ADB SPS.|
|Stakeholder Communication, Participation, and Consultation|
|During Project Design||Meaningful consultation and social surveys were conducted along all tranche 2 project roads. During the preparation of the project, civil society was actively consulted and participated in improving the road designs. The key objectives of the consultations were to increase awareness about the project, inform road residents about the grievance mechanism, find out the needs and concerns of the communities and obtain suggestions to enhance the project's benefits and mitigate its negative impacts.|
|During Project Implementation||During implementation, civil society and stakeholders will continue to be informed and consulted. Grievance redress mechanisms will be instituted. Awareness will be raised among the project authorities about ADB's pertinent social safeguard requirements. RPWD will engage an experienced NGO to assist with implementing the resettlement plans.|
|Consulting Services||Project implementation consultant (QCBS 80:20) and External monitor (ICS). All consultants will be recruited according to ADB's Guidelines on the Use of Consultants (2013, as amended from time to time).|
|Procurement||International competitive bidding for 6 contracts. All procurement of works will be undertaken in accordance with ADB's Procurement Guidelines (2015, as amended from time to time).|
|Responsible ADB Officer||Lu, Yang|
|Responsible ADB Department||South Asia Department|
|Responsible ADB Division||Transport and Communications Division, SARD|
Public Works Department-Rajasthan
|MRM||03 Jul 2019|
|Approval||13 Sep 2019|
|Last Review Mission||-|
|Last PDS Update||02 Sep 2022|
|Approval||Signing Date||Effectivity Date||Closing|
|13 Sep 2019||11 Oct 2019||02 Dec 2019||30 Sep 2024||-||-|
|Financing Plan||Loan Utilization|
|Total (Amount in US$ million)||Date||ADB||Others||Net Percentage|
|Project Cost||256.15||Cumulative Contract Awards|
|ADB||190.00||27 Oct 2022||143.14||0.00||84%|
|Cofinancing||0.00||27 Oct 2022||87.41||0.00||51%|
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|Contract Title||Approval Number||Contract Date||Contractor | Address||Executing Agency||Total Contract Amount (US$)||Contract Amount Financed by ADB (US$)|
|Development and Maintenance of Baewar-Masuda-Goyla-Arain-Sarwar and NH12-Laxmipura-Dora-Dabi-Ranaji Ka Guda (Mining)||Loan 3815||09 Sep 2022||M/s Balaji D.Ajmer Highways Private Limited | A-03. Chandravardai Nagar, Ajmer 35001||Public Works Department-Rajasthan||27,158,831.62||26,603,106.57|
|AN-2: Nasirabad-Mangliyawas-Padukalan and Baewar-Pisangan-Tehla-Kot-Alniyawas||Loan 3815||21 Dec 2021||Radhakishan Tollways Private Limited | Flat No.-302, 03rd Floor, Park Vaishali, Shivraj Niketan, Vaishhali Circle, Gautam Marg, Vaishhalinagar, Jaipur -302021||Public Works Department-Rajasthan||16,712,336.13||16,712,336.13|
|DEVT & MAINT OF BIDASAR-DUNGARGARH-KALU SECTION OF SH-93 TO KM82.200 AT KALU AND SADULSHAHAR-SANGARI A-CHAIYA SECTION OF SH-76 IN RAJASTHAN EPC-02||Loan 3815||08 Jan 2020||KANTI-PRASAD MITTAL/JSP PROJECS LTD | 165, GUPTA COLONY, TRANSPORT NAGAR MEERUT 25001 (UP) INDIA||Public Works Department-Rajasthan||27,943,988.30||27,943,988.30|
|DEVT & MAINT OF LOSAL-SALASAR-RATANGARH SECTION OF SH-7 & SH-92 EXCLDG OVERLAPPING OF SH-20 FR NECHH WA TO SALASAR,(78.603) IN RAJASTHAN EPC-03||Loan 3815||04 Dec 2019||RAJENDRA SINGH BHAMBOO INFRA PVT LTD | 1O8 1ST FLR, NEEL KANTH BLDG GANDHI PATH, VAISHALI NAGAR JAIPUR INDIA||Public Works Department-Rajasthan||16,303,779.83||16,260,388.58|
|DEVT & MAINT OF SIWANA-SAMDARI-BALESAR ROAD (SH-66 ) (75.91 KM) IN THE STATE OF RAJASTHAN EPC -04||Loan 3815||04 Dec 2019||DRAIPL-RADHAKISHAN | 401 THE GRAND MALL SMROAD AMBAWADI AMEDABAD 380015 GUJARAT INDIA||Public Works Department-Rajasthan||24,971,270.36||24,904,811.25|
|DEVT & MAINT OF JODHPUR-SOJAT SECTION OF SH-58 (75.91KM)BHINMAL-PATHERI-POSANA-JEEVANA SH-31A(51. 58 KM) TOTAL 127.5 KM -STATE OF RAJASTHAN EPC/01||Loan 3815||04 Dec 2019||DINESHCHANDRA R. AGRAWAL INFRACON PVT LTD | 401 THE GRAND MALL, SM ROAD AMBAWADI,AHMEDABAD 380015 GUJARAT INDIA||Public Works Department-Rajasthan||38,906,124.91||38,865,654.77|
|Title||Document Type||Document Date|
|Rajasthan State Highway Investment Program - Tranche 2: Procurement Plan||Procurement Plans||Apr 2019|