49229-003: Preparation of Central Asia Regional Economic Cooperation Corridors 5 and 6 (Salang Corridor) Project | Asian Development Bank

Afghanistan: Preparation of Central Asia Regional Economic Cooperation Corridors 5 and 6 (Salang Corridor) Project

Sovereign (Public) Project | 49229-003 Status: Active

The Asian Development Bank is working with Afghanistan invest in infrastructure that leads to higher economic growth, connects poor people to markets, and increases access to social services. The project is rehabilitating the Salang Corridor to help develop the central and northern regions, as well as the capital of Kabul.

Project Details

Project Officer
Soetantri, Nana S R H Central and West Asia Department Request for information
Country
  • Afghanistan
Modality
  • Grant
Sector
  • Transport
 
Project Name Preparation of Central Asia Regional Economic Cooperation Corridors 5 and 6 (Salang Corridor) Project
Project Number 49229-003
Country Afghanistan
Project Status Active
Project Type / Modality of Assistance Grant
Source of Funding / Amount
Grant 0490-AFG: Preparation of Central Asia Regional Economic Cooperation Corridors 5 and 6 (Salang Corridor) Project
concessional ordinary capital resources lending / Asian Development Fund US$ 15.45 million
Grant 0491-AFG: Preparation of Central Asia Regional Economic Cooperation Corridors 5 and 6 (Salang Corridor) Project
Afghanistan Infrastructure Trust Fund US$ 15.92 million
Strategic Agendas Inclusive economic growth
Regional integration
Drivers of Change Knowledge solutions
Partnerships
Sector / Subsector

Transport / Road transport (non-urban)

Gender Equity and Mainstreaming No gender elements
Description The proposed project will assist the Government of Afghanistan in preparing the Central Asia Regional Economic Cooperation (CAREC) Corridors 5 and 6 (Salang Corridor) Project (ensuing project). The ensuing project will rehabilitate and upgrade the Salang Corridor one of the few viable land routes linking the north and south of Afghanistan. The project will support the government in (i) studying the feasibility of three alignment options for the rehabilitation and upgrade of the Salang Corridor; and (ii) completing the detailed engineering design, procurement documentation, and project and safeguard documents for the selected option.
Project Rationale and Linkage to Country/Regional Strategy

Planned and designed over many years, construction of the 2.7-kilometer Salang Tunnel was completed in 1964. During more than 50 years of service, proper maintenance and rehabilitation did not occur regularly, if at all, as a result of the 30 years of internal conflict and associated effects on sector governance. Road crashes, fires, conflict-related acts, and constant usage have contributed to the tunnel falling into a state of severe disrepair. Present conditions within the tunnel are dangerous to users because of inadequate ventilation, poor lighting, lack of proper modern safety features, and a failing road surface all of which constrain the traffic flow and incur an estimated economic cost of $60 million per year. If the tunnel completely fails, the costs to the Afghan economy would be substantial and could pose an additional risk to the stability of the fragile and conflict-affected state (FCAS).

The ensuing project will (i) reduce the cost of passenger and cargo transportation between the southern and northern regions of Afghanistan and Central Asia by reducing travel times; (ii) ensure the security, reliability, and year-round use of the Salang Corridor by providing some redundancy through the availability of two alternative routes; and (iii) promote trade and investment. Additionally, the ensuing project will produce road safety benefits and may be a vehicle for introducing private sector participation in the transport sector through possible partial financing of construction and future operations and maintenance.

Impact Accelerated implementation of the ensuing project, contributing to improved efficiency and safer movement of goods and people in Afghanistan and across Central and West Asia.
Project Outcome
Description of Outcome Ensuing project to upgrade the Salang Corridor is designed and procured, ready for implementation
Progress Toward Outcome Contract for consulting services for feasibility study and detailed engineering was signed in July 2017. Recruitment of independent proof check consultant is ongoing.
Implementation Progress
Description of Project Outputs

Feasibility studies on three alignment options completed

Detailed engineering design, procurement documentation, and project and safeguard documents on selected option completed

Status of Implementation Progress (Outputs, Activities, and Issues) The contract with SMEC International Pty. Limited (AUS) was signed on 8 July 2017.
Geographical Location Nation-wide
Safeguard Categories
Environment C
Involuntary Resettlement C
Indigenous Peoples C
Summary of Environmental and Social Aspects
Environmental Aspects This TA Grant is used to prepare the Central Asia Regional Economic Cooperation Corridors 5 and 6 (Salang Corridor) Project. As such, the TA Grant itself will not have any adverse environmental impact. Environmental aspects of the ensuing Salang Corridor Project will be reported once this is studied through the TA Grant.
Involuntary Resettlement This TA Grant is used to prepare the Central Asia Regional Economic Cooperation Corridors 5 and 6 (Salang Corridor) Project. As such, the TA Grant itself will not have any involuntary resettlement impact. Involuntary resettlement aspects of the ensuing Salang Corridor Project will be reported once this is studied through the TA Grant.
Indigenous Peoples This TA Grant is used to prepare the Central Asia Regional Economic Cooperation Corridors 5 and 6 (Salang Corridor) Project. As such, the TA Grant itself will not have any indigenous peoples impact. Indigenous Peoples aspects of the ensuing Salang Corridor Project will be reported once this is studied through the TA Grant.
Stakeholder Communication, Participation, and Consultation
During Project Design The central government is the primary stakeholder. Given the strategic importance of the Salang Corridor to Afghanistan's transport and trade, anyone involved in the supply of goods, logistics, and transport services in Afghanistan is a stakeholder. So too the local population which will be affected by the construction and operation of the corridor. These stakeholders will be closely consulted during project design and implementation.
During Project Implementation The central government is the primary stakeholder. Given the strategic importance of the Salang Corridor to Afghanistan's transport and trade, anyone involved in the supply of goods, logistics, and transport services in Afghanistan is a stakeholder. So too the local population which will be affected by the construction and operation of the corridor. These stakeholders will be closely consulted during project design and implementation.
Business Opportunities
Consulting Services All consultants will be recruited according to ADB's Guidelines on the Use of Consultants (2013, as amended from time to time).
Procurement All procurement of goods and works will be undertaken in accordance with ADB's Procurement Guidelines (2015, as amended from time to time).
Responsible ADB Officer Soetantri, Nana S R H
Responsible ADB Department Central and West Asia Department
Responsible ADB Division Transport and Communications Division, CWRD
Executing Agencies
Ministry of Finance
Pashtunistan Watt,
Kabul,
Islamic Republic of Afghanistan
Timetable
Concept Clearance 11 Feb 2016
Fact Finding 07 May 2016 to 17 May 2016
MRM 09 Jun 2016
Approval 26 Aug 2016
Last Review Mission -
Last PDS Update 19 Sep 2017

Grant 0490-AFG

Milestones
Approval Signing Date Effectivity Date Closing
Original Revised Actual
26 Aug 2016 24 Sep 2016 28 Oct 2016 31 Dec 2020 - -
Financing Plan Grant Utilization
Total (Amount in US$ million) Date ADB Others Net Percentage
Project Cost 15.45 Cumulative Contract Awards
ADB 15.45 26 Aug 2016 8.67 0.00 56%
Counterpart 0.00 Cumulative Disbursements
Cofinancing 0.00 26 Aug 2016 0.00 0.00 0%

Grant 0491-AFG

Milestones
Approval Signing Date Effectivity Date Closing
Original Revised Actual
26 Aug 2016 24 Sep 2016 28 Oct 2016 31 Dec 2020 - -
Financing Plan Grant Utilization
Total (Amount in US$ million) Date ADB Others Net Percentage
Project Cost 15.92 Cumulative Contract Awards
ADB 0.00 26 Aug 2016 0.00 11.03 69%
Counterpart 0.00 Cumulative Disbursements
Cofinancing 15.92 26 Aug 2016 0.00 0.00 0%

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Tenders

Tender Title Type Status Posting Date Deadline
Independent Proof Check Firm - Consulting Active 31 Aug 2017 29 Sep 2017

Contracts Awarded

Contract Title Approval Number Contract Date Contractor Contractor Address Executing Agency Contract Description Total Contract Amount (US$) Contract Amount Financed by ADB (US$)
CONSULTING SERVICES FOR FEASIBILITY STUDY AND DETAILED ENGINEERING FOR: PREPARATION OF CAREC Grant 0490 08 Jul 2017 SMEC INTERNATIONAL PTY. LIMITED AUSTRALIA LEVEL 10 71 QUEENS ROAD MELBOURNE VIC 3004 AUSTRALIA Ministry of Finance 8666469
CONSULTING SERVICES FOR FEASIBILITY STUDY AND DETAILED ENGINEERING FOR: PREPARATION OF CAREC Grant 0491 08 Jul 2017 SMEC INTERNATIONAL PTY. LIMITED AUSTRALIA LEVEL 10 71 QUEENS ROAD MELBOURNE VIC 3004 AUSTRALIA Ministry of Finance 11030051