India: Assam South Asia Subregional Economic Cooperation Corridor Connectivity Improvement Project

Sovereign Project | 53335-001

The project is consistent with the strategic pillar set out in the country partnership strategy for India, 2018 2022 on providing inclusive access to infrastructure networks and services. It will be aligned with the following impact: industry's share of employment and SDP doubled by 2030 (Government of Assam's Vision 2030). The expected project outcome is increased connectivity, efficiency, safety, comfort, and reliability of the secondary road network in Assam. Reduced travel time and vehicle operating costs will improve accessibility in the less developed areas of Assam and provide a vital link to economic growth centers. Improved connectivity to Assam hinterland is expected to spur growth in the entire state. The project is expected to provide people in Assam with better mobility and accessibility by roads to markets, economic opportunities, education and health facilities through the planned outputs.

Project Details

Project Name Assam South Asia Subregional Economic Cooperation Corridor Connectivity Improvement Project
Project Number 53335-001
Country / Economy India
Project Status Proposed
Project Type / Modality of Assistance Grant
Loan
Technical Assistance
Source of Funding / Amount
Loan: Assam Road Network Improvement Project
Ordinary capital resources US$ 300.00 million
TA: Strengthening Institutional Capacity of the Assam Public Works (Road) Department in Climate Change and Disaster Resilience, and Road Asset Management
Technical Assistance Special Fund US$ 1.00 million
Strategic Agendas Environmentally sustainable growth
Inclusive economic growth
Regional integration
Drivers of Change Gender Equity and Mainstreaming
Governance and capacity development
Partnerships
Private sector development
Sector / Subsector

Transport / Road transport (non-urban)

Gender Equity and Mainstreaming Effective gender mainstreaming
Description The project is consistent with the strategic pillar set out in the country partnership strategy for India, 2018 2022 on providing inclusive access to infrastructure networks and services. It will be aligned with the following impact: industry's share of employment and SDP doubled by 2030 (Government of Assam's Vision 2030). The expected project outcome is increased connectivity, efficiency, safety, comfort, and reliability of the secondary road network in Assam. Reduced travel time and vehicle operating costs will improve accessibility in the less developed areas of Assam and provide a vital link to economic growth centers. Improved connectivity to Assam hinterland is expected to spur growth in the entire state. The project is expected to provide people in Assam with better mobility and accessibility by roads to markets, economic opportunities, education and health facilities through the planned outputs. The project is estimated to cost $457.63 million, of which ADB will provide a project loan of $300 million to finance expenditures on civil works and consulting services. The Government of Assam will finance $157.63 million to cover the remaining project expenditures, as well the cost for the DPR and project management consulting services, land acquisition and resettlement, relocation of public utilities, and forest clearance, and taxes and duties imposed on the civil works and consulting services contracts.
Project Rationale and Linkage to Country/Regional Strategy Assam is a state in the northeast of India, bordered by Bhutan to the north and Bangladesh to the south, and connecting West Bengal and other northeastern states of India through the Siliguri Corridor. It is a key geographic location for connectivity within the country, as well as with the South Asia Subregional Economic Cooperation (SASEC) region. SASEC Transport Corridor 3 in the north of Assam is connected to Kolkata in the southwest and to Myanmar in the southeast. SASEC Transport Corridor 5 runs from Silchar in Assam to Dhaka in Bangladesh. These SASEC corridors underpin trade and transportation. If the road network and feeders are of good capacity and quality, Assam can be a growth catalyst for SASEC, in line with the _Act East_ policy of India. Roads are the predominant mode of transport in the state with a road network of about 57,000 km which includes about 3,900 km of national highways, 2,500 km of state highways, and 4,300 km of major district roads (MDRs). State highways and MDRs provide vital connectivity to all towns and district headquarters, linking them with national highways. However, there is inadequate capacity and quality of roads in terms of width and surface. About 77% of state highways and MDRs have road widths of 7 meters or less, and only 26% of state highways and MDRs have good riding quality.
Impact Industry's share of employment and state domestic product doubled by 2030 (Government of Assam's Vision 2030)
Outcome Connectivity, efficiency, safety, comfort, and reliability of the secondary road network in Assam increased
Outputs

1. State highways and major district roads in Assam improved.

2. Institutional capacity of Assam PWRD in climate and disaster resilience, road asset management, and safeguards strengthened.

3. Road safety on state highways and MDRs in the project districts enhanced.

Geographical Location Nation-wide, Assam
Safeguard Categories
Environment B
Involuntary Resettlement A
Indigenous Peoples A
Summary of Environmental and Social Aspects
Environmental Aspects
Involuntary Resettlement
Indigenous Peoples
Stakeholder Communication, Participation, and Consultation
During Project Design
During Project Implementation
Business Opportunities
Consulting Services PWRD will engage construction supervision consultants for road improvement works, consulting services for institutional development of PWRD, and consultancy services for road safety improvement of secondary roads in Project districts.
Procurement Procurement (including consulting services) to be financed by ADB will follow ADB Procurement Policy (2017, as amended from time to time) and Procurement Regulations for ADB Borrowers (2017, as amended from time to time).
Responsible ADB Officer Tanaka, Yasushi
Responsible ADB Department South Asia Department
Responsible ADB Division Transport and Communications Division, SARD
Executing Agencies
Public Works (Roads) Department, Government of Assam
Public Works Roads Department, Ground Floor, Block B,
Assam Secretariat Dispur, Guwahati 781006
Assam India
Timetable
Concept Clearance 27 Jan 2022
Fact Finding 21 Mar 2022 to 10 May 2022
MRM 21 Jul 2022
Approval -
Last Review Mission -
Last PDS Update 27 Jan 2022

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Title Document Type Document Date
Assam Road Network Improvement Project: Initial Poverty and Social Analysis Initial Poverty and Social Analysis Jan 2022

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Tenders

Tender Title Type Status Posting Date Deadline
Consultancy services for Resettlement Plan Implementation under ARNIP Firm - Consulting Active 28 Jul 2022 26 Aug 2022
53335-IND: Assam Road Network Improvement Project [A/RI/3; A/RI/4; A/RI/5; A/RI/6; A/RI/7; A/RI/8] - CORRIGENDUM Invitation for Bids Closed 30 Jun 2022 12 Jul 2022
53335-IND: Assam Road Network Improvement Project [A/RI/3; A/RI/4; A/RI/5; A/RI/6; A/RI/7; A/RI/8] - ORIGINAL Invitation for Bids Closed 31 May 2022 12 Jul 2022
53335-IND: Assam Road Network Improvement Project [A/RI/2; A/RI/9; A/RI/10; A/RI/11] Invitation for Bids Closed 24 Mar 2022 05 May 2022
53335-IND: Assam Road Network Improvement Project [A/RI/1] Invitation for Bids Closed 04 Mar 2022 18 Apr 2022
Construction Supervision Consultancy Services for road improvement works in A03, A04, A21, A23, A25, A26 Firm - Consulting Closed 24 Jan 2022 04 Mar 2022
53335-001-IND: Assam Road Network Improvement Project Advance Notice Closed 08 Nov 2021 31 Dec 2021

Contracts Awarded

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Procurement Plan

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