Bangladesh: South Asia Subregional Economic Cooperation Dhaka–Sylhet Corridor Road Investment Project
The investment project will finance improvement of the Dhaka-Sylhet section of National Highway No. 2, with design features to address the needs of the elderly, women, children, and the differently abled, and disaster and climate risks. The project road connects to the border with India via the Sylhet-Tamabil section, and will improve the efficiency, connectivity, and safety of the Dhaka-Sylhet trade corridor. The investment project will also assist the Roads and Highways Department (RHD) in strengthening its capacity for road safety and asset maintenance, in part through the attached transaction technical assistance.
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|Project Name||South Asia Subregional Economic Cooperation Dhaka–Sylhet Corridor Road Investment Project|
|Country / Economy||Bangladesh
|Project Type / Modality of Assistance||Loan
|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 investment project will finance improvement of the Dhaka-Sylhet section of National Highway No. 2, with design features to address the needs of the elderly, women, children, and the differently abled, and disaster and climate risks. The project road connects to the border with India via the Sylhet-Tamabil section, and will improve the efficiency, connectivity, and safety of the Dhaka-Sylhet trade corridor. The investment project will also assist the Roads and Highways Department (RHD) in strengthening its capacity for road safety and asset maintenance, in part through the attached transaction technical assistance.|
|Project Rationale and Linkage to Country/Regional Strategy||
Upgrading Bangladesh's major roads, especially the subregional trade corridors, to internationally comparable standards will contribute to facilitating international trade. This will, in turn, support the country's economic growth and reduce poverty, as well as ensure inclusiveness of road transport. The government's Eighth Five Year Plan (2020-2025) therefore aims to construct 550 km of new multi-lane roads, add 150 km of new lanes, improve or rehabilitate 1,800 km of the National Highways, as well as achieve 10% reduction in road traffic accidents by 2025. For achieving these targets, the Plan prioritizes core transformational road projects requiring large investments and emphasizes stronger implementation capacity of the RHD for completing these projects timely. The investment project will contribute to achieving these targets of the Plan.
Transport infrastructure is also the centerpiece of the ADB-supported SASEC program, which promotes regional prosperity. The SASEC Operational Plan, 2016-2025 identified 112 priority regional cooperation and integration transport projects worth about $58.9 billion. It includes the widening of the NH2 of which the proposed SASEC Dhaka-Sylhet Corridor Road Investment Project is a major part.
|Impact||An efficient, sustainable, safe and regionally balanced transport system developed.|
|Description of Outcome||Mobility, safety, and regional trade along the Dhaka-Sylhet corridor road improved.|
|Progress Toward Outcome|
|Description of Project Outputs||
The Dhaka-Sylhet corridor road upgraded with enhanced road safety, elderly, women, children, and differently abled- responsive, and climate- and disaster-resilient features
Institutional capacity of the Roads and Highways Department enhanced
|Status of Implementation Progress (Outputs, Activities, and Issues)|
|Geographical Location||Dhaka, Sylhet|
|Summary of Environmental and Social Aspects|
|Environmental Aspects||The investment project is categorized as B as per ADB''s Safeguard Policy Statement (SPS) 2009. The initial environmental examination (IEE), prepared for the entire project road in compliance with ADB''s SPS and satisfying the Government's Environmental Conservation Rules 1997, concluded that most of the potential significant impacts such as large volumes of construction materials, transportation, storage and handling, increase in air pollutants, noise and vibration levels, management of construction and demolition waste, siltation of waterways, and traffic obstruction near active construction sites are reversible, largely limited to construction period, mostly localized, and short-term in nature. The entire alignment is not passing through or located proximate to any protected/eco-sensitive area. Diversion of forest land is minimal and limited to a single location. Cutting of trees and loss of agricultural land and physical assets will be compensated in accordance with ADB's SPS and the national requirements. Additional plantations are proposed on top of regulatory requirement to enhance the micro-climate and serve as carbon sink.|
|Involuntary Resettlement||The investment project is categorized as A as per ADB''s SPS. A draft resettlement plan is prepared for the entire Dhaka-Tamabil section excluding the 11.5 km section to be funded by the Exim Bank of India based on draft design of the alignment. The resettlement plan is based on the preliminary design. A total of 582.51 hectares of private land will need to be acquired. A total of 9,286 households/unit/entities (55,454 affected persons) will be affected due to the project implementation, which are disaggregated into 8,905 households, 302 common property resources, 56 government offices, 21 RHD-owned structures and 2 NGO/Association structures. The total 7,355 households/unit/entities will require physical displacement, of which 4,679 are titleholders, 2,060 are non-title holders, and 276 are common property resources and other government and non-government offices. A total 10 stakeholder consultation meetings and 61 focus groups discussion were conducted between October 2019 and February 2020. Stakeholder engagement will continue throughout the land acquisition process.|
|Indigenous Peoples||The investment project is categorized as C as per ADB''s SPS. It does not affect tribal lands, and the survey confirmed that no indigenous communities, as defined under the ADB SPS, is affected.|
|Stakeholder Communication, Participation, and Consultation|
|During Project Design||A total of 10 stakeholder consultation meetings and 61 focus groups discussion were conducted between October 2019 and February 2020.|
|During Project Implementation||Stakeholder engagement will continue throughout the land acquisition process.|
|Consulting Services||For consultancies financed by ADB, all consultants will be recruited according to ADB Procurement Policy (2017, as amended from time to time) and ADB Procurement Regulations for ADB Borrowers (2017, as amended from time to time).|
|Procurement||For procurement of goods, works and consulting services to be financed by ADB, Procurement Regulations for ADB Borrowers (2017, amended from time to time) shall apply. ADB's standards bidding documents with pre- or post-qualification will be adopted with appropriate modifications.|
|Responsible ADB Officer||Sakaguchi, Satomi|
|Responsible ADB Department||South Asia Department|
|Responsible ADB Division||Transport and Communications Division, SARD|
|Concept Clearance||26 Feb 2020|
|Fact Finding||08 Feb 2021 to 04 Mar 2021|
|MRM||01 Jun 2021|
|Approval||27 Aug 2021|
|Last Review Mission||-|
|Last PDS Update||27 Aug 2021|
MFF Facility Concept 0112-BAN
|Financing Plan||Loan Utilization|
|Total (Amount in US$ million)||Date||ADB||Others||Net Percentage|
|Project Cost||2,694.00||Cumulative Contract Awards|
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|Title||Document Type||Document Date|
|South Asia Subregional Economic Cooperation Dhaka–Sylhet Corridor Road Investment Project: Initial Environmental Examination||Initial Environmental Examination||May 2021|
|South Asia Subregional Economic Cooperation Dhaka–Sylhet Corridor Road Investment Project: Indigenous Peoples Planning Framework||Indigenous Peoples Planning Frameworks/Indigenous Peoples Development Frameworks||May 2021|
|South Asia Subregional Economic Cooperation Dhaka–Sylhet Corridor Road Investment Project: Environmental Assessment and Review Framework||Environmental Assessment and Review Framework||May 2021|
|South Asia Subregional Economic Cooperation Dhaka–Sylhet Corridor Road Investment Project: Resettlement Framework||Resettlement Frameworks||May 2021|
|South Asia Subregional Economic Cooperation Dhaka–Sylhet Corridor Road Investment Project: Resettlement Plan||Resettlement Plans||May 2021|
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$1.78 Billion ADB Facility to Improve Transport, Regional Trade in BangladeshThe Asian Development Bank has approved a $1.78 billion multitranche financing facility to improve mobility, road safety, and regional trade along the Dhaka–Sylhet trade corridor in Bangladesh.
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|Title||Document Type||Document Date|
|South Asia Subregional Economic Cooperation Dhaka–Sylhet Corridor Road Investment Project: Procurement Plan||Procurement Plans||Sep 2021|