The Obigarm-Nurobod road section of the existing M41 highway, which carries about 3,000 vehicles per day, will be inundated once the HPP reservoir has filled to operating levels. The realignment of this road section through the river valley is not part of the Rogun HPP project. A bypass road must be completed and opened to traffic by latest November 2023, the date by which the rising water in the HPP reservoir will have inundated several critical sections of the M41 highway. No other part of Tajikistan's national highway network can provide for this traffic, and the only alternative route would represent a deviation of about 500 km. The government has requested ADB's assistance to construct a 72 km long road section that will bypass the HPP reservoir through mountainous terrain (the project road).
|Project Name||Central Asia Regional Economic Cooperation Corridors 2, 3, and 5 (Obigarm-Nurobod) Road Project|
|Project Type / Modality of Assistance||Grant
|Source of Funding / Amount||
|Strategic Agendas||Environmentally sustainable growth
Inclusive economic growth
|Drivers of Change||Gender Equity and Mainstreaming
Governance and capacity development
|Sector / Subsector||
Transport / Road transport (non-urban)
|Gender Equity and Mainstreaming||Effective gender mainstreaming|
|Description||The Obigarm-Nurobod road section of the existing M41 highway, which carries about 3,000 vehicles per day, will be inundated once the HPP reservoir has filled to operating levels. The realignment of this road section through the river valley is not part of the Rogun HPP project. A bypass road must be completed and opened to traffic by latest November 2023, the date by which the rising water in the HPP reservoir will have inundated several critical sections of the M41 highway. No other part of Tajikistan's national highway network can provide for this traffic, and the only alternative route would represent a deviation of about 500 km. The government has requested ADB's assistance to construct a 72 km long road section that will bypass the HPP reservoir through mountainous terrain (the project road). It will be constructed to two-lane asphalt surfaced standard, and will include three tunnels with a total length of about 6 km, one high level bridge about 700 m long, and 13 shorter bridges with a total length of about 975 m. The construction of some parts of the project road started in 1988 (mostly earthworks) but was suspended following the abandonment of the Rogun HPP project.|
|Project Rationale and Linkage to Country/Regional Strategy||
Timely construction of the project 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 request to finance this project was renewed by the President of Tajikistan during the visit of ADB President to Tajikistan in November 2017.
Tajikistan depends heavily on its road transport corridors to support investment, job creation, trade, and ultimately economic growth and poverty reduction. Despite its strategic location, the country has a gross domestic product per capita of just $819, and 32% of the population still lives below the poverty line. Almost 70% of the population lives in rural areas, in a largely mountainous territory where only 10% of the land is suitable for cultivation. The road transport sector suffers from low quality, long travel times, and poor reliability. Four Central Asia Regional Economic Cooperation (CAREC) corridors (2, 3, 5, and 6) cross parts of Tajikistan, offering the opportunity for Tajikistan to enhance its connectivity and trade competitiveness.
(i) Economic growth promoted
(ii) Competitive corridors across the CAREC Region established
|Outcome||Connectivity, access, and safety on CAREC corridors 2, 3, and 5 restored and improved|
Obigarm-Nurobod road (CAREC corridors 2, 3, and 5) and rural access roads constructed
Institutional capacity of the MOT on road safety and asset management strengthened
|Geographical Location||Nurobod, Obigarm|
|Summary of Environmental and Social Aspects|
|Environmental Aspects||For environment impacts, the significant earthworks and tunnel works might indicate an A category, but this is to be determined during TRTA implementation.|
|Involuntary Resettlement||The proposed road alignment will follow an alignment that was defined originally in the 1980s, and which is largely clear of houses and other assets. Therefore, it is anticipated that the project will be classified as category B for involuntary resettlement impacts.|
|Indigenous Peoples||There are no indigenous peoples in the project area, as defined in ADB's Safeguard Policy Statement (SPS), and thus the project will be classified as category C for indigenous people's impacts.|
|Stakeholder Communication, Participation, and Consultation|
|During Project Design||Extensive consultations will be undertaken with various groups, with focus on the poor, vulnerable and marginalized groups such as women, youth, the elderly and people with disabilities. The project will create mechanisms, through which grievances and concerns will be channeled, and information dissemination and disclosure will be ensured, to empower these groups and all affected people to act as watchdogs for the proper implementation of the project.|
|During Project Implementation||Consultations will be undertaken throughout project implementation period to ensure that stakeholders views are taken into consideration.|
|Consulting Services||All consultants are expected to be recruited in accordance with ADB Procurement Policy (2017, as amended from time to time) and its associated project administration instructions and/or staff instructions.|
|Procurement||All goods, civil works, and related services are expected to be procured in accordance with ADB Procurement Policy (2017, as amended from time to time) and its associated project administration instructions and/or staff instructions.|
|Responsible ADB Officer||Bouhmad, Kamel|
|Responsible ADB Department||Central and West Asia Department|
|Responsible ADB Division||Transport and Communications Division, CWRD|
Ministry of Transport
Mr. Arabzoda, Nurali Sayvali, Executive Director for Project Implementation Unit for Roads Rehabilitation
[email protected], [email protected]
14, Aini Street Dushanbe 734042 Tajikistan
|Concept Clearance||04 Jun 2018|
|Fact Finding||03 Jun 2019 to 14 Jun 2019|
|MRM||10 Sep 2019|
|Last Review Mission||-|
|Last PDS Update||27 Sep 2018|
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|Title||Document Type||Document Date|
|Central Asia Regional Economic Cooperation Corridors 2, 3, and 5 (Obigarm-Nurobod) Road Project: Initial Poverty and Social Analysis||Initial Poverty and Social Analysis||Jun 2018|
|Проект восстановления транспортных коридоров 2, 3 и 5 Центральноазиатского регионального экономического сотрудничества (ЦАРЭС) (Обигарм – Нуробод) : Информация о проекте||Translated PDS||Jun 2018|
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