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Tajikistan: Road Network Sustainability Project

Sovereign (Public) Project | 54005-001 Status: Proposed

The project will address the oblast's immediate needs by improving two arterial roads, namely (i) Bokhtar-Dangara and (ii) Khulbuk-Kangurt. Improving these roads is essential to realizing the government's plan to make Dangara the oblast's key economic hub and the oblast's new capital city. The roads are a vital connector of major economic centers in the oblast and international corridors in the Southern Tajikistan. The Bokhtar-Dangara road bridges the country's major international roads (CAREC Corridors 5 and 6 at Bokhtar and Asian Highway No. 66 at Dangara), facilitating international and domestic movements of goods and peoples. The Khulbuk-Kangurt road provides the local population with access to social and economic needs while linking Asian Highway No. 66 at Khulbuk. Despite their importance, the two roads do not provide reliable travel due to frequent avalanches and insufficient maintenance.

Project Details

Project Officer
Idei, Rika Central and West Asia Department Request for information
Country
  • Tajikistan
Sector
  • Transport
 
Project Name Road Network Sustainability Project
Project Number 54005-001
Country Tajikistan
Project Status Proposed
Project Type / Modality of Assistance Grant
Source of Funding / Amount
Grant: Road Network Sustainability Project
concessional ordinary capital resources lending / Asian Development Fund US$ 67.49 million
Strategic Agendas Environmentally sustainable growth
Inclusive economic growth
Regional integration
Drivers of Change Gender Equity and Mainstreaming
Governance and capacity development
Knowledge solutions
Partnerships
Sector / Subsector

Transport / Road transport (non-urban)

Gender Equity and Mainstreaming Effective gender mainstreaming
Description The project will address the oblast's immediate needs by improving two arterial roads, namely (i) Bokhtar-Dangara and (ii) Khulbuk-Kangurt. Improving these roads is essential to realizing the government's plan to make Dangara the oblast's key economic hub and the oblast's new capital city. The roads are a vital connector of major economic centers in the oblast and international corridors in the Southern Tajikistan. The Bokhtar-Dangara road bridges the country's major international roads (CAREC Corridors 5 and 6 at Bokhtar and Asian Highway No. 66 at Dangara), facilitating international and domestic movements of goods and peoples. The Khulbuk-Kangurt road provides the local population with access to social and economic needs while linking Asian Highway No. 66 at Khulbuk. Despite their importance, the two roads do not provide reliable travel due to frequent avalanches and insufficient maintenance.
Project Rationale and Linkage to Country/Regional Strategy

Poor and unreliable conditions on Tajikistan's road network. Tajikistan is a landlocked country with heavy reliance on road transport for the movement of goods and peoples. However, road conditions have been poor and generally unreliable due to mixed reasons: high disaster-prone topography; dysfunctional maintenance systems; overloaded trucks; and poor quality of construction works, which were mostly carried out before the 1970s.

Weak economic and physical connectivity in Southern Tajikistan. About 35% of the country's population reside in the Khatlon Oblast, however, the oblast's human development and income indexes are recorded the lowest in the country. This implies that the oblast's economic development progress potentially affects the country's economic growth. One constraint to the oblast's economic growth could be the poor quality of the existing transport infrastructure.

Supporting resilient growth of Khatlon Oblast in a COVID-19 affected world. The coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic forced Tajikistan and its neighboring countries to close their borders, substantially weakening the country's food security, medical service provision, and economic platforms.

Immediate need for an operational RAMS. Under the jurisdiction of the Ministry of Transport (MOT), the road networks total 14,220 kilometers (km), comprising 3,348 km of international roads, 2,129 km of national roads and 8,743 km of local roads. The government has made efforts to institutionalize their own RAMS and operationalize road maintenance mechanism to improve and sustain the quality of those road assets, and several development partners (including Asian Development Bank (ADB), the World Bank, European Bank of Reconstruction and Development, and Japan International Cooperation Agency) have provided relevant assistance.

Road safety. The World Health Organization estimates that there were 1,577 fatalities in 2016, e.g. 18.1 fatalities per 100,000 people; and the road crash costs account for 4.3% of the gross domestic product, which was slightly higher than that of the other CAREC countries. The country has faced immediate needs for enhancing road safety initiatives.

Impact

Economic growth promoted

Safe and competitive connectivity established across the CAREC Region

Outcome Safety and reliability of the road networks enhanced in Southern Tajikistan
Outputs

Roads in Southern Tajikistan improved

MOT's RAMS unit strengthened

Women's access to socioeconomic opportunities enhanced

Geographical Location Bokhtar District, Danghara District, Kangurt
Safeguard Categories
Environment B
Involuntary Resettlement B
Indigenous Peoples C
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 Consulting services will be required for construction supervision. Consultant will be recruited through a firm n accordance with ADB Procurement Policy and Regulations (2017, as amended from time to time).
Procurement Procurement of all contracts through open competitive bidding will be done in accordance with ADB Procurement Policy and Regulations (2017, as amended from time to time).
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
Timetable
Concept Clearance 13 May 2020
Fact Finding 22 Jun 2020 to 30 Jun 2020
MRM 18 Sep 2020
Approval -
Last Review Mission -
Last PDS Update 13 May 2020

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