Afghanistan: Road Asset Management Project

Sovereign Project | 50062-001

Project Details

  • Project Officer
    ADB Disclosure
    Central and West Asia Department
    Request for information
  • Country/Economy
    Afghanistan
  • Modality
    • Grant
  • Sector
    • Transport
Project Name Road Asset Management Project
Project Number 50062-001
Country / Economy Afghanistan
Project Status Active
Project Type / Modality of Assistance Grant
Source of Funding / Amount
Grant 0508-AFG: Road Asset Management Project
Asian Development Fund US$ 25.50 million
Grant 0541-AFG: Road Asset Management Project
Asian Development Fund US$ 30.00 million
Strategic Agendas Environmentally sustainable growth
Inclusive economic growth
Regional integration
Drivers of Change Governance and capacity development
Knowledge solutions
Partnerships
Private sector development
Sector / Subsector

Transport / Road transport (non-urban)

Gender Equity and Mainstreaming No gender elements
Description
Project Rationale and Linkage to Country/Regional Strategy
Impact
Project Outcome
Description of Outcome
Progress Toward Outcome Civil works for periodic maintenance of the Kabul-Ghazni first section for 34km and second section for 54km stopped due to security threats. Physical progress at 4% for first section and zero percent for the second section. ADB endorsed the Government's request for termination of contracts under Sections 1 and 2 due to lack of performance by the contractors. Signed agreements between the MPW and the two contractors formalizing the cancellation of contracts are awaited. Government's request for a full cancellation of the additional financing under Grant 0541 for $30 million processed by ADB which became effective on 23 August 2020.
Implementation Progress
Description of Project Outputs
Status of Implementation Progress (Outputs, Activities, and Issues)

Construction of Roads - Civil works for periodic maintenance of the Kabul-Jalalabad Highway 88 km completed. The rest of the packages deferred because the MPW intends to descope these works. ADB requested for further justification. It is very likely that Kabul-Jalalabad will be accommodated through another grant.

Road Asset Management System - (a) Pavement Management System (PMS) - The detailed system process map for PMS, pavement database structure, input data and forms, data process/analysis and output reporting and dashboard layout have been completed. The back-end coding is 100% developed and is to be completed by the RAMS software developer whose contract was extended until 31 December 2020; (b) Bridge Management System (BMS) -The detailed system process map, bridge database structure, input data and inspection forms, process/analysis and output reporting and dashboard layout have been completed. The back-end coding is estimated at 80% and still being developed and needs to be completed by the Road Asset Management System (RAMS) software developer; (c) Validation of road and structure data - All the data collected have been checked, validated, and inputted into the RAMS database; (d) RAMS Establishment and Sustainability Report - It needs further refining in relevance to the current MPW structure; and (e) Preparation of Annual Maintenance Plan at 70% complete.

At least 30 engineers completed training in roads O&M.

Geographical Location
Safeguard Categories
Environment C
Involuntary Resettlement C
Indigenous Peoples C
Summary of Environmental and Social Aspects
Environmental Aspects Environmental impact will be minimal and will not require a related action.
Involuntary Resettlement No land acquisition or involuntary resettlement is required under the project.
Indigenous Peoples No indigenous peoples will be impacted by the project.
Stakeholder Communication, Participation, and Consultation
During Project Design The central government is the primary stakeholder, together with the Ministry of Public Works (MPW), although anyone involved in the supply of goods, logistics, and transport services in Afghanistan is a stakeholder. These stakeholders will be consulted during project design.
During Project Implementation Consultation with MPW indicates the possibility of hiring local labor for rehabilitation and maintenance works, thus increasing incomes of the surrounding communities, in line with the fragile and conflict-centered situation responsive approach for Afghanistan. Initial consultations with community members in the command area show that the project is perceived as bringing jobs and livelihood opportunities and improving people's mobility. Continuous consultation with the stakeholders will be conducted during project implementation.
Business Opportunities
Consulting Services The consultant team will be recruited for the development of road asset management, O&M capacity development, and support to supervision of road maintenance work.
Procurement Delay in procurement has been a major problem in implementation, especially for large contract packages with high value. Thus, the Project will be tendered as small NCB packages approximately $35 million each so that the evaluation process can be expedited. In addition, ADB will request to carry out the consultant selection process.
Responsible ADB Officer ADB Disclosure
Responsible ADB Department Central and West Asia Department
Responsible ADB Division Transport and Communications Division, CWRD
Timetable
Concept Clearance 13 May 2016
Fact Finding 25 Jul 2016 to 08 Aug 2016
MRM 01 Sep 2016
Approval 31 Oct 2016
Last Review Mission -
Last PDS Update 08 Dec 2020

Grant 0508-AFG

Milestones
Approval Signing Date Effectivity Date Closing
Original Revised Actual
31 Oct 2016 12 Dec 2016 05 Jan 2017 31 Dec 2020 - -
Financing Plan Grant Utilization
Total (Amount in US$ million) Date ADB Others Net Percentage
Project Cost 26.00 Cumulative Contract Awards
ADB 25.50 08 Dec 2020 13.73 0.00 99%
Counterpart 0.50 Cumulative Disbursements
Cofinancing 0.00 08 Dec 2020 13.09 0.00 95%
Status of Covenants
Category Sector Safeguards Social Financial Economic Others
Rating Partly satisfactory Partly satisfactory Partly satisfactory - - Partly satisfactory

Grant 0541-AFG

Milestones
Approval Signing Date Effectivity Date Closing
Original Revised Actual
19 Sep 2017 01 Aug 2018 17 Aug 2018 31 Dec 2021 - -
Financing Plan Grant Utilization
Total (Amount in US$ million) Date ADB Others Net Percentage
Project Cost 30.30 Cumulative Contract Awards
ADB 30.00 08 Dec 2020 0.00 0.00 0%
Counterpart 0.30 Cumulative Disbursements
Cofinancing 0.00 08 Dec 2020 0.00 0.00 0%

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