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Myanmar: Rural Roads and Access Project

Sovereign (Public) Project | 50218-002 Status: Active

The Government of the Republic of the Union of Myanmar has approached the Asian Development Bank (ADB) for support to develop and contribute to the financing of a national rural roads and access program. The project will improve rural road access in less-developed regions in Myanmar, Ayeyarwaddy and Magway, by improving (i) about 152 kilometers of rural roads to paved standard, (ii) the rural road maintenance system responding to disasters triggered by natural hazards by supporting suitable contracting modalities and developing a pilot emergency management plan, and (iii) rural road safety. The project outcome is improved disaster-resilient road access for rural people, by way of launching a nationwide rural roads and access program, a part of which ADB will finance.

Project Details

Project Officer
Nagao, Shinichiro Southeast Asia Department Request for information
Country
  • Myanmar
Modality
  • Grant
  • Loan
Sector
  • Transport
 
Project Name Rural Roads and Access Project
Project Number 50218-002
Country Myanmar
Project Status Active
Project Type / Modality of Assistance Grant
Loan
Source of Funding / Amount
Grant 0677-MYA: Rural Roads and Access Project
concessional ordinary capital resources lending / Asian Development Fund US$ 5.80 million
Loan 3855-MYA: Rural Roads and Access Project
concessional ordinary capital resources lending / Asian Development Fund US$ 45.40 million
Strategic Agendas Environmentally sustainable growth
Inclusive economic growth
Drivers of Change Gender Equity and Mainstreaming
Governance and capacity development
Knowledge solutions
Sector / Subsector

Transport / Road transport (non-urban)

Gender Equity and Mainstreaming Effective gender mainstreaming
Description The Government of the Republic of the Union of Myanmar has approached the Asian Development Bank (ADB) for support to develop and contribute to the financing of a national rural roads and access program. The project will improve rural road access in less-developed regions in Myanmar, Ayeyarwaddy and Magway, by improving (i) about 152 kilometers of rural roads to paved standard, (ii) the rural road maintenance system responding to disasters triggered by natural hazards by supporting suitable contracting modalities and developing a pilot emergency management plan, and (iii) rural road safety. The project outcome is improved disaster-resilient road access for rural people, by way of launching a nationwide rural roads and access program, a part of which ADB will finance.
Project Rationale and Linkage to Country/Regional Strategy It was estimated that 14 million people in Myanmar live in villages without access to an all-season road, which is 40% of Myanmar's rural population. ADB studies on rural access in Myanmar have found that four million people live in the 8,200 villages that are not connected by road. Without a road, people have to walk, bike along narrow paths; they carry goods themselves or on the back of animals. Another 20,000 villages with an estimated 10 million people are connected by roads that are not passable during the rainy season. These people may be able to use vehicles to reach the nearest township, but the link is likely to become impassable during the rainy season. Myanmar's rural access problem appears severe by international standards. Myanmar's Rural Access Index (RAI) is estimated at 36%, which is the lowest in Asia. While Myanmar has about 75,000 km of all-season roads, it would need a 250,000 km road network to connect all villages. Investments have long been below needs, while efficiency of spending has remained limited by an absence of clear goals and prioritization criteria, and a fragmented institutional setting. Rural road construction and maintenance have also been of low quality, being insufficiently professionalized. The government proposes to establish a national rural roads and access strategy and program to mobilize effectively larger resources to the task, improve governance and raise quality, inspired from good international examples. The project is aligned with the government's vision of providing rural road access to all villages by 2030.
Impact All-weather and safe road infrastructure developed.
Project Outcome
Description of Outcome Disaster-resilient road access for rural people in Ayeyarwaddy and Magway regions improved.
Progress Toward Outcome To be determined.
Implementation Progress
Description of Project Outputs

Climate-resilient roads rehabilitated

Rural road maintenance management strengthened

Rural road safety strengthened

Status of Implementation Progress (Outputs, Activities, and Issues) Ongoing recruitment of DDIS consultant is expected to be concluded in April 2020 and the consultant is targeted to be mobilized in May 2020.
Geographical Location Ayeyarwady Region, Magway Region
Safeguard Categories
Environment B
Involuntary Resettlement B
Indigenous Peoples B
Summary of Environmental and Social Aspects
Environmental Aspects The project is categorized as B for environment. The Initial Environmental Examination reports uploaded to the ADB website in May 2019 confirm that the proposed upgrading of existing unpaved roads to paved standard is not anticipated to cause significant adverse environmental impacts. The construction impacts are temporary, localized, and can be mitigated through sound construction practices and measures defined in the environmental management plan.
Involuntary Resettlement The project has been classified as Category B for Involuntary Resettlement in accordance with ADBs Operations Manual: Safeguards Policy Statement. Involuntary resettlement impacts were identified in 3 of the 14 proposed roads. Anticipated impacts affect four households, including three households losing marginal strips of land together with the associated trees and crops. An additional household will lose trees but not land. No loss of structures or physical displacement will occur. No shops or other livelihood sources will be affected. Therefore, the involuntary resettlement impacts are not significant.
Indigenous Peoples The project is categorized as C for indigenous peoples. Several ethnic groups are present in the project areas of Pantanaw and Maubin townships. The project will benefit all people living in the area with no bias to any particular group.
Stakeholder Communication, Participation, and Consultation
During Project Design Consultations with local ethnic groups reveal that the communities are well integrated. A draft combined resettlement and ethnic group plan has been prepared by MOC in accordance with ADB's Safeguard Policy Statement and in line with the rules and regulations of Myanmar.
During Project Implementation
Business Opportunities
Consulting Services Consultants will be recruited through quality- and cost-based selection for detailed designs, construction supervision and project implementation, in accordance with ADB's Procurement Regulations for ADB Borrowers (2017, as amended from time to time).
Procurement Open competitive bidding procedures with international advertisement will be used for civil works contracts in accordance with ADB's Procurement Regulations for ADB Borrowers (2017, as amended from time to time).
Responsible ADB Officer Nagao, Shinichiro
Responsible ADB Department Southeast Asia Department
Responsible ADB Division Transport and Communications Division, SERD
Executing Agencies
Department of Rural Road Development
[email protected]
Yan Aung (2) Quarter, Pyinmanar township, Naypyitaw, Myanmmar
Ministry of Construction
Department of Highways Office Building No. 11 Naypyitaw, Myanmar
Timetable
Concept Clearance 29 Sep 2016
Fact Finding 24 Apr 2019 to 30 Apr 2019
MRM 21 May 2019
Approval 11 Nov 2019
Last Review Mission -
Last PDS Update 31 Mar 2020

Grant 0677-MYA

Milestones
Approval Signing Date Effectivity Date Closing
Original Revised Actual
11 Nov 2019 06 Dec 2019 14 Feb 2020 31 Dec 2025 - -
Financing Plan Grant Utilization
Total (Amount in US$ million) Date ADB Others Net Percentage
Project Cost 5.80 Cumulative Contract Awards
ADB 5.80 11 Nov 2019 5.09 0.00 88%
Counterpart 0.00 Cumulative Disbursements
Cofinancing 0.00 11 Nov 2019 0.53 0.00 9%
Status of Covenants
Category Sector Safeguards Social Financial Economic Others
Rating - Satisfactory - - - -

Loan 3855-MYA

Milestones
Approval Signing Date Effectivity Date Closing
Original Revised Actual
11 Nov 2019 06 Dec 2019 14 Feb 2020 31 Dec 2025 - -
Financing Plan Loan Utilization
Total (Amount in US$ million) Date ADB Others Net Percentage
Project Cost 46.61 Cumulative Contract Awards
ADB 45.40 11 Nov 2019 0.02 0.00 0%
Counterpart 1.21 Cumulative Disbursements
Cofinancing 0.00 11 Nov 2019 0.02 0.00 0%
Status of Covenants
Category Sector Safeguards Social Financial Economic Others
Rating - Satisfactory - - - -

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Tenders

Tender Title Type Status Posting Date Deadline
Detailed Design and Implementation Supervision Consultant(DDISC) Firm - Consulting Closed 03 Jul 2019 01 Aug 2019

Contracts Awarded

No contracts awarded for this project were found

Procurement Plan

Title Document Type Document Date
Rural Roads and Access Project: Procurement Plan Procurement Plans Sep 2019