Tajikistan: Road Network Sustainability Project (Additional Financing)

Sovereign Project | 54005-003

The additional financing will scale up the scope of the ongoing project, and will enable the government to complete the rehabilitation of a key transport corridor in southern Tajikistan by extending the project section, enhance the scope of the road asset management system (RAMS) of the Ministry of Transport (MOT), and increase beneficiaries of the program aiming at promoting local women's socioeconomic opportunities.

Project Details

  • Project Officer
    Idei, Rika
    Central and West Asia Department
    Request for information
  • Approval Date
    27 October 2022
  • Country/Economy
    Tajikistan
  • Sector
    • Transport
Project Name Road Network Sustainability Project (Additional Financing)
Project Number 54005-003
Country / Economy Tajikistan
Project Status Approved
Project Type / Modality of Assistance Grant
Source of Funding / Amount
Grant 0859-TAJ: Road Network Sustainability Project (Additional Financing)
Asian Development Fund US$ 43.20 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 additional financing will scale up the scope of the ongoing project, and will enable the government to complete the rehabilitation of a key transport corridor in southern Tajikistan by extending the project section, enhance the scope of the road asset management system (RAMS) of the Ministry of Transport (MOT), and increase beneficiaries of the program aiming at promoting local women's socioeconomic opportunities.
Project Rationale and Linkage to Country/Regional Strategy

Tajikistan is a landlocked country, located at the center of the Central Asia, and road transport plays a vital role for international and domestic movements of goods and peoples. The road network under the MOT's jurisdiction totals 14,339 kilometers (km), comprising 3,348 km of international roads (23%), 2,127 km of national roads (15%), and 8,864 km of local roads (62%). There are several international corridors traversing the country, such as the Central Asia Regional Economic Cooperation (CAREC) corridors 2, 3, 5, and 6 and Asian Highways 7, 65, and 66, and the government prioritizes improving the international road networks along those corridors. With substantial assistance from development partners, including ADB, most of the international highways have been improved. Given that, the priority of the county has been recently shifted to the improvement of national roads most of which have not been well developed and have limited access of local populations to the improved international corridors and their last mile to basic services and necessities. Following the government's priority shift, ADB currently focuses on the improvement of national roads as well as assistance in operationalizing the asset management system of roads in the country.

The ongoing project (Road Network Sustainability Project), approved in November 2022, was originally expected to rehabilitate the two road sections, Dangara-Bokhtar (68.7 km) and Hulbuk-Kangurt (59.5 km), which link major economic centers and international corridors (CAREC corridors 5 and 6, and AH66) in southern Tajikistan. However, the Dangara Bokhtar section was reduced by 40 km, after the grant availability was reprogrammed to accommodate immediate needs of the government for recovery from the coronavirus diseases, and the grant was to finance the rehabilitation of the Dangara-Okmazor section (28.7 km) only. The government keeps its priority to complete the rehabilitation of the Dangara-Bokhtar section and agreed with ADB to include the remaining section (Okmazor-Bokhtar section) in the scope of the additional financing project. At completion of the ongoing and additional financing projects, the key corridors in southern Tajikistan will have been improved, helping strengthen the road network in the region and eventually the economic platform. In addition, the additional financing will help scale up the ongoing project's outputs related to RAMS development and women's socioeconomic empowerment.

Impact

Economic growth promoted

Safe and competitive connectivity established across the CAREC Region

Project Outcome
Description of Outcome

Safety and reliability of road network improved in southern Tajikistan

Progress Toward Outcome
Implementation Progress
Description of Project Outputs

Road in southern Tajikistan improved

RAMS database developed

Women's access to socioeconomic opportunities enhanced

Procurement readiness for the road section to be financed under the additional financing enhanced

Status of Implementation Progress (Outputs, Activities, and Issues)
Geographical Location Nation-wide, Bokhtar District
Safeguard Categories
Environment B
Involuntary Resettlement B
Indigenous Peoples C
Summary of Environmental and Social Aspects
Environmental Aspects The initial environmental examination (IEE) for the Bokhtar-Okmazor section was cleared and disclosed on the ADB website. The environmental management plan (EMP) is included in the IEE report, and will be updated as a site-specific environmental management plan (SSEMP) by the contractors prior to civil works commencement once mobilized. The implementation of the SSEMP will be documented in bi-annual environmental monitoring reports during implementation.
Involuntary Resettlement The draft land acquisition and resettlement plan (LARP) for the Bokhtar-Okmazor section, prepared based on the detailed design, was cleared and disclosed on the ADB website. The draft LARP will be updated into the implementation-ready LARP. The implementation of the implementation-ready LARP has to be completed and be documented in the LARP implementation compliance report, prior to the contractors' civil works commencement. During implementation, any social safeguards-related issues will be monitored and documented in bi-annual social safeguards monitoring reports.
Indigenous Peoples There are no indigenous peoples found in the project area, as defined in ADB's Safeguard Policy Statement 2009.
Stakeholder Communication, Participation, and Consultation
During Project Design Public consultations were undertaken during appraisal, which was documented in the IEE report and LARP.
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 in order to ensure that the stakeholders' views are taken into consideration, and their records will be recorded in bi-annual safeguards monitoring reports.
Business Opportunities
Consulting Services There is no consulting service newly recruited under the project, except for auditing. The consultants for each output will be engaged through a variation of the existing (or upcoming) contracts under the Road Network Sustainability Project (54005-001).
Procurement 1S1E will be applied to the civil works (two lots).
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
Timetable
Concept Clearance 09 May 2022
Fact Finding 04 May 2022 to 18 May 2022
MRM 03 Aug 2022
Approval 27 Oct 2022
Last Review Mission -
Last PDS Update 27 Oct 2022

Grant 0859-TAJ

Milestones
Approval Signing Date Effectivity Date Closing
Original Revised Actual
27 Oct 2022 04 Nov 2022 - 31 Dec 2025 - -
Financing Plan Grant Utilization
Total (Amount in US$ million) Date ADB Others Net Percentage
Project Cost 52.47 Cumulative Contract Awards
ADB 43.20 08 Nov 2022 0.00 0.00 0%
Counterpart 9.27 Cumulative Disbursements
Cofinancing 0.00 08 Nov 2022 0.00 0.00 0%

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Tenders

Tender Title Type Status Posting Date Deadline
54005-TAJ: Road Network Sustainability Project – Additional Financing [OCB/CW-01/2022] Invitation for Bids Closed 24 Jun 2022 25 Aug 2022
54005-003-TAJ: Road Network Sustainability Project – Additional Financing Advance Notice Active 18 May 2022

Contracts Awarded

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