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Pakistan: Preparing Transport Projects

Sovereign (Public) Project | 54089-001 Status: Approved

The transaction technical assistance (TA) facility will provide project preparation support to a series of ensuing projects, comprising (i) Punjab Provincial Highway Project; (ii) Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Rural Road Development Project; and (iii) Sindh Provincial Road Improvement Project (Phase II). All ensuing projects aim to rehabilitate or upgrade existing provincial roads or rural roads while improving regional connectivity with neighboring provinces. Project identification and preliminary technical reviews are being carried out with either ongoing loan proceeds or the provincial government's own resources. The government has cleared the concept papers for these ensuing projects in the fourth quarter of 2019. The TA facility is required to conduct the relevant due diligence, improve project readiness, provide implementation support during the initial stage, and provide capacity building activities for the concerned executing and implementing agencies.

Project Details

Project Officer
Ning, Jiangbo Central and West Asia Department Request for information
Country
  • Pakistan
Sector
  • Transport
 
Project Name Preparing Transport Projects
Project Number 54089-001
Country Pakistan
Project Status Approved
Project Type / Modality of Assistance Technical Assistance
Source of Funding / Amount
TA 9975-PAK: Preparing Transport Projects
Technical Assistance Special Fund US$ 1.50 million
Strategic Agendas 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 Some gender elements
Description The transaction technical assistance (TA) facility will provide project preparation support to a series of ensuing projects, comprising (i) Punjab Provincial Highway Project; (ii) Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Rural Road Development Project; and (iii) Sindh Provincial Road Improvement Project (Phase II). All ensuing projects aim to rehabilitate or upgrade existing provincial roads or rural roads while improving regional connectivity with neighboring provinces. Project identification and preliminary technical reviews are being carried out with either ongoing loan proceeds or the provincial government's own resources. The government has cleared the concept papers for these ensuing projects in the fourth quarter of 2019. The TA facility is required to conduct the relevant due diligence, improve project readiness, provide implementation support during the initial stage, and provide capacity building activities for the concerned executing and implementing agencies. The TA facility is listed in the 2019 pipeline in the approved Country Operations Business Plan (2019-2021) for Pakistan. The ensuing projects are included in the Country Operations Business Plan (2020-2022) for Pakistan.
Project Rationale and Linkage to Country/Regional Strategy

Transport is a key driver of socioeconomic development. Transport allows people to access jobs, markets, social interaction, education, and other services, enabling people to rise out of poverty and overcome social exclusion. Transport adds value to goods brought to markets, and links rural areas to cities and global supply chains, thereby driving economic development. Road transport dominates Pakistan's transport system, accounting for almost 98% of freight traffic in ton-kilometers and 94% of passenger traffic in passenger-kilometers. Pakistan's road network of 263,000 kilometers (km) consists of 12,500 km of national highways and 93,000 km of provincial highways, with the remainder classified as either district, rural roads, or urban roads. The national highway network, which is less than 5% of the total road network, caters to 80% of inter-urban traffic. The National Highway Authority is responsible for national highways, while the provincial governments are responsible for provincial highways, and district roads. Other rural roads come under the jurisdiction of local government bodies as well as other government agencies (such as provincial irrigation departments). Urban roads and streets are the responsibility of municipalities, cantonment boards, metropolitan and/or city development authorities and housing development agencies.

Despite the high reliance on road transport, the quality and capacity of the road infrastructure severely constrains free and safe traffic flow. While the quality of the national highways has improved considerably from continuous capital spending such as China -Pakistan Economic Corridor Program and better road asset management, the overall condition remains below the target to eliminate those roads with condition of poor and very poor - only 11% of national highways are assessed to be in good and 67% in fair condition. This is partly due to aging road and bridge infrastructure. The condition of the provincial highways is worse, especially in the remote parts of the country. They have poor serviceability (narrow, rough and unsafe) and many are either perennially impassable due to flooding and/or landslides, or subject to closure due to extreme weather events. The district and rural access roads, which connect farmers to market, likewise have poor serviceability and receive even less attention (mostly emergency repairs) due to lacking ownership and inadequate funding.

Impact
Project Outcome
Description of Outcome
Progress Toward Outcome
Implementation Progress
Description of Project Outputs
Status of Implementation Progress (Outputs, Activities, and Issues)
Geographical Location Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Punjab, Sindh
Summary of Environmental and Social Aspects
Environmental Aspects
Involuntary Resettlement
Indigenous Peoples
Stakeholder Communication, Participation, and Consultation
During Project Design
During Project Implementation
Responsible ADB Officer Ning, Jiangbo
Responsible ADB Department Central and West Asia Department
Responsible ADB Division Transport and Communications Division, CWRD
Executing Agencies
Government of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP)
Sarhad Hydel Development Organization,
372-WAPDA House, Shami Road, Peshawar,
NWFP, PAKISTAN
Government of Punjab
Lahore
Pakistan
Planning & Development Department, Sindh
Sindh Secretariat
Karachi, Pakistan
Timetable
Concept Clearance -
Fact Finding -
MRM -
Approval 11 May 2020
Last Review Mission -
Last PDS Update 11 May 2020

TA 9975-PAK

Milestones
Approval Signing Date Effectivity Date Closing
Original Revised Actual
11 May 2020 - - 31 Dec 2023 - -
Financing Plan/TA Utilization Cumulative Disbursements
ADB Cofinancing Counterpart Total Date Amount
Gov Beneficiaries Project Sponsor Others
1,500,000.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 1,500,000.00 11 May 2020 0.00

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Title Document Type Document Date
Preparing Transport Projects: Technical Assistance Report Technical Assistance Reports May 2020

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