Nepal: SASEC Highway Enhancement Project (Kakarbhitta-Laukahi)

Sovereign Project | 52097-003

The project road is a two-lane carriageway and carries about 14,000 vehicles per day. Traffic is forecast to reach 48,800 vehicles per day by 2041. The road will be median-divided and provides service lanes, footpath, and cycle lane in urban areas. Through the project, the road will be upgraded to a two-lane dual carriageway to accommodate the increasing traffic demand, with improved geometry, pavement, drainage, road safety, and climate- and disaster-resilient features. Grade separation or traffic signal will be adopted at junctions to improve safety for vulnerable road users including women and children who are more likely to walk, cycle or use public transport. River training and bank protection works will minimize the risk of erosion. The project design incorporates lessons from previous projects, including readiness, procurement, asset management and sustainability.

Project Name SASEC Highway Enhancement Project (Kakarbhitta-Laukahi)
Project Number 52097-003
Country / Economy Nepal
Project Status Proposed
Project Type / Modality of Assistance Loan
Technical Assistance
Source of Funding / Amount
Loan: SASEC Highway Enhancement Project (Laukahi Kakarbhitta)
Concessional ordinary capital resources lending US$ 300.00 million
TA: SASEC Highway Enhancement Project (Laukahi Kakarbhitta)
Technical Assistance Special Fund US$ 750,000.00
Strategic Agendas Environmentally sustainable growth
Inclusive economic growth
Regional integration
Drivers of Change Gender Equity and Mainstreaming
Governance and capacity development
Sector / Subsector

Transport / Road transport (non-urban)

Gender Equity and Mainstreaming Some gender elements
Description

The project road is a two-lane carriageway and carries about 14,000 vehicles per day. Traffic is forecast to reach 48,800 vehicles per day by 2041. The road will be median-divided and provides service lanes, footpath, and cycle lane in urban areas. Through the project, the road will be upgraded to a two-lane dual carriageway to accommodate the increasing traffic demand, with improved geometry, pavement, drainage, road safety, and climate- and disaster-resilient features. Grade separation or traffic signal will be adopted at junctions to improve safety for vulnerable road users including women and children who are more likely to walk, cycle or use public transport. River training and bank protection works will minimize the risk of erosion. The project design incorporates lessons from previous projects, including readiness, procurement, asset management and sustainability.

The project will be aligned with the following impacts: Multimodal linkages for land-based transport connectivity to international trade routes is improved. The project will have the following outcome: connectivity, capacity, and safety of the road transport system improved.

Project Rationale and Linkage to Country/Regional Strategy

The project road is part of Asian Highway 2 and South Asia Subregional Economic Cooperation (SASEC) Road Corridor 4. This SASEC corridor links Nepal with Bhutan, India and Bangladesh, and enhances potential connections to Bangladesh ports (e,g., Chattogram Port). The east end of the project road connects with a highway in India supported under SASEC Road Connectivity Investment Program; and further links to Bangladesh through SASEC Road Connectivity Project and SASEC Dhaka-Northwest Corridor Road Project of People's Republic of Bangladesh.

The project is consistent with the following operational priorities of ADB's Strategy 2030: (i) addressing remaining poverty and reducing inequalities; (ii) accelerating progress in gender equality; (iii) tackling climate change, building climate and disaster resilience, and enhancing environmental sustainability; (iv) promoting rural development; (v) strengthening governance and institutional capacity; and (vi) fostering regional cooperation and integration. The proposed project is consistent with the objectives set out in the country partnership strategy, Nepal 2020-2024 to improve transport infrastructure for domestic and international connectivity and private sector-led growth, and SASEC's operational plan 2016-2025 update.

Impact Multimodal linkages for land-based transport connectivity to international trade routes is improved
Outcome Connectivity, capacity and safety of the road transport system improved
Outputs

National highway network upgraded and maintained

Institutional capacity for DOR and gender equality and social inclusion strengthened.

Geographical Location Laukahi
Safeguard Categories
Environment B
Involuntary Resettlement A
Indigenous Peoples C
Summary of Environmental and Social Aspects
Environmental Aspects The project is an existing road and a brownfield site. Considering that the road has significant wildlife movement and intermittent patches of forest areas, detailed biodiversity studies have been conducted. The project categorization will be revisited based on the outcome of these studies.
Involuntary Resettlement Initial assessment indicates that 597 households (3,015 persons) will be affected by the project. Aside from this, 609 private structures (residential, commercial, sheds, cattle shed and others) will be affected. Also, 269 public structures like resting places, temples, toilets, tube-wells, police beats, and statue sites will also affected along the alignment.
Indigenous Peoples There are no indigenous people in the project area.
Stakeholder Communication, Participation, and Consultation
During Project Design Consultations were held with affected persons and other concerned stakeholders during the preparation of the poverty and social analysis and resettlement plan.
During Project Implementation Consultation, as required, will be carried out during project implementation.
Business Opportunities
Consulting Services All consultants and nongovernment organizations will be recruited according to ADB's Procurement Regulations (2017, as amended from time to time). All firms will be recruited using ADB's quality- and-cost-based selection (QCBS) under full technical proposal (FTP) and a standard quality-cost ratio of 90:10.
Procurement All procurement of goods and works will be undertaken in accordance with ADB's Procurement Policy (2017, as amended from time to time) and Procurement Regulations for ADB Borrowers (2017, as amended from time to time). Open competitive bidding (OCB) procedures will be used for all civil works contracts.
Responsible ADB Officer Chong, Sin Wai
Responsible ADB Department South Asia Department
Responsible ADB Division Transport and Communications Division, SARD
Executing Agencies
Ministry of Physical Infrastructure and Transport
Singha Durbar
Kathmandu
Nepal
Timetable
Concept Clearance 30 May 2022
Fact Finding 30 Jun 2022 to 30 Jun 2022
MRM 29 Aug 2022
Approval -
Last Review Mission -
Last PDS Update 28 Jun 2022

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Tenders

Tender Title Type Status Posting Date Deadline
52097-NEP: SASEC Highway Enhancement Project for Kakarbhitta - Laukahi Section of East-West Highway [SHEP/OCB/KL Lots 1-5] Invitation for Bids Active 30 Jun 2022 14 Aug 2022
CONSTRUCTION SUPERVISION CONSULTANT FOR KAKARBHITTA LAUKAHI ROAD, SASEC HIGHWAY ENHANCEMENT PROJECT Firm - Consulting Active 10 Jun 2022 09 Jul 2022

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