Tajikistan: Central Asia Regional Economic Cooperation Corridors 2, 3, and 5 (Obigarm-Nurobod) Road Project

Sovereign Project | 52042-001

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 Details

  • Project Officer
    Idei, Rika
    Central and West Asia Department
    Request for information
  • Country
    Tajikistan
  • Sector
    • Transport
Project Name Central Asia Regional Economic Cooperation Corridors 2, 3, and 5 (Obigarm-Nurobod) Road Project
Project Number 52042-001
Country Tajikistan
Project Status Active
Project Type / Modality of Assistance Grant
Loan
Source of Funding / Amount
Grant 0683-TAJ: Central Asia Regional Economic Cooperation Corridors 2, 3 and 5 (Obigarm-Nurobod) Road Project
Asian Development Fund US$ 110.00 million
Loan: Central Asia Regional Economic Cooperation Corridors 2, 3, and 5 (Obigarm-Nurobod) Road Project
Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank US$ 40.00 million
European Bank for Reconstruction and Development US$ 150.00 million
OPEC Fund for International Development US$ 40.00 million
Strategic Agendas Environmentally sustainable growth
Inclusive economic growth
Regional integration
Drivers of Change Gender Equity and Mainstreaming
Knowledge solutions
Partnerships
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.

Impact

(i) Economic growth promoted

(ii) Competitive corridors across the CAREC region established

Project Outcome
Description of Outcome Connectivity and safety along the Obigarm -Nurobod road improved
Progress Toward Outcome The three contracts (civil works, construction supervision consultant and project management consultant) were awarded.
Implementation Progress
Description of Project Outputs

Project roads constructed, and road safety awareness increased

MOT''s institutional capacity on asset management strengthened

Women''s access to economic opportunities enhanced

Status of Implementation Progress (Outputs, Activities, and Issues) Civil works contract awarded in March 2021 and works are expected to be commenced in June 2021. Construction supervision consultant has been mobilized, while Project management consultant is expected to be mobilized in June 2021.
Geographical Location Nurobod, Obigarm
Safeguard Categories
Environment A
Involuntary Resettlement B
Indigenous Peoples C
Summary of Environmental and Social Aspects
Environmental Aspects The project's environmental impact assessment (EIA) report was cleared by the government and ADB in 2020, and the final EIA was disclosed on ADB website. The environmental management plan was included in the final EIA, which will be updated as the site-specific environmental management plan (SSEMP) by the contractor prior to works commencement. The implementation of the SSEMP will be monitored during implementation and be documented in semi-annual environmental monitoring reports.
Involuntary Resettlement The land acquisition and resettlement plan for the bypass section was implemented, and its implementation compliance report was approved by ADB in 2020. Meanwhile, for the community access roads component, land acquisition and resettlement impacts will be assessed at first. Results of the assessment will be documented in accordance with ADB's Safeguard Policy Statement 2009. Lands required for executing the component will be handed over to the contractor only after the assessment and associated works are completed and ADB confirms the completion.
Indigenous Peoples There are no indigenous peoples in the project area, as defined in ADB's Safeguard Policy Statement 2009, and thus the project will be classified as category C for indigenous people's impacts.
Stakeholder Communication, Participation, and Consultation
During Project Design Public consultations were undertaken during appraisal, which was documented in the safeguards assessment reports, and the project's grievance redress mechanism was established.
During Project Implementation During implementation, the information dissemination and disclosure to the project's stakeholders will be ensured. Consultation will be carried out until completion, to ensure that the stakeholders' views are taken into consideration. The consultation will be recorded in the periodic safeguards monitoring reports.
Business Opportunities
Consulting Services The two consultant service contracts (construction supervision and project management) were awarded.
Procurement The procurement for the civil works package (construction of the Obigarm-Tagikamar highway) was concluded.
Responsible ADB Officer Idei, Rika
Responsible ADB Department Central and West Asia Department
Responsible ADB Division Transport and Communications Division, CWRD
Executing Agencies
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
Ministry of Transport
[email protected]
14, Aini Street
Dushanbe 734042
Tajikistan
Timetable
Concept Clearance 04 Jun 2018
Fact Finding 03 Jun 2019 to 11 Jun 2019
MRM 10 Sep 2019
Approval 05 Dec 2019
Last Review Mission -
Last PDS Update 20 May 2021

Grant 0683-TAJ

Milestones
Approval Signing Date Effectivity Date Closing
Original Revised Actual
05 Dec 2019 31 Dec 2019 31 Jul 2020 31 Dec 2024 - -
Financing Plan Grant Utilization
Total (Amount in US$ million) Date ADB Others Net Percentage
Project Cost 138.10 Cumulative Contract Awards
ADB 110.00 18 Oct 2021 73.27 0.00 67%
Counterpart 28.10 Cumulative Disbursements
Cofinancing 0.00 18 Oct 2021 10.60 0.00 10%
Status of Covenants
Category Sector Safeguards Social Financial Economic Others
Rating Satisfactory Satisfactory - - - -

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Safeguard Documents See also: Safeguards
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Evaluation Documents See also: Independent Evaluation

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Tenders

Tender Title Type Status Posting Date Deadline
Project Manager Individual - Consulting Closed 28 Aug 2020 17 Sep 2020
Project Manager Individual - Consulting Closed 28 Mar 2020 24 Apr 2020
Project Management Consultant Firm - Consulting Closed 13 Sep 2019 22 Oct 2019
Construction Supervision Consultant Firm - Consulting Closed 13 Sep 2019 22 Oct 2019
52042-TAJ: Central Asia Regional Economic Cooperation Corridors 2, 3, and 5 (Obigarm–Nurobod) Road Project [ONRP/CW/CP-01] Invitation for Bids Closed 19 Aug 2019 28 Oct 2019
52042-TAJ: CAREC Corridors 2, 3, and 5 (Obigarm–Nurobod) Road Project Advance Notice Active 28 Jun 2019
52042-TAJ: CAREC Corridors 2, 3, and 5 (Obigarm–Nurobod) Road Project Advance Notice Active 28 Jun 2019

Contracts Awarded

Contract Title Approval Number Contract Date Contractor | Address Executing Agency Total Contract Amount (US$) Contract Amount Financed by ADB (US$)
PROJECT MANAGEMENT CONSULTANT Grant 0683 15 Apr 2021 DAINICHI CONSULTANT INC. IN ASSOC W/ SUE | 3-1-21 YABUTA MINAMI GIFU CITY GIFU 500-8384 JAPAN Ministry of Transport 1,130,000.00
CONSTRUCTION OF THE OBIGARM-TAGIKAMAR ROAD SECTION (KM 0+000-KM 30+217) Grant 0683 31 Mar 2021 HUNAN ROAD & BRIDGE CONSTRUCTION GROUP COMPANY LIMITED | P.C. 410004 NO. 239-SOUTH SHAOSHAN ROAD YUHUA DIST. CHANGSHA CITY HUNAN PROV. CHINA, PEOPLE'S REP OF Ministry of Transport 67,740,421.12
CONSTRUCTION SUPERVISION CONSULTANT Grant 0683 30 Nov 2020 JV TEMELSU INTERNATIONAL ENGINEERING SERVICES | YILDIZEVLER 721 SOKAK NO: 6 065550 CANKAYA, ANKARA, TURKEY Ministry of Transport 4,398,400.00