Pakistan: Punjab Sustainable Highway Development Project

Sovereign (Public) Project | 54149-001

The project will dualize about 520 kilometers (km) of provincial highways in south Punjab from the existing two-lane to divided four-lane standards with road safety and climate resilience features. It will also engage concessionaires to conduct operations and maintenance for the project roads through tolling and performance-based maintenance approach.

It will also support the government to (i) establish a dedicated entity with streamlined funding to manage all provincial highways in Punjab; (ii) conduct road safety assessment for the provincial highway network of Punjab and pilot the Safe System approach with a framework and action plan; and (iii) improve climate resilience of the road network and Communication and Works Department's disaster-response capability.

Project Details

  • Project Officer
    Kim, Seunghyun
    Central and West Asia Department
    Request for information
  • Country
    Pakistan
  • Sector
    • Transport
Project Name Punjab Sustainable Highway Development Project
Project Number 54149-001
Country Pakistan
Project Status Proposed
Project Type / Modality of Assistance Loan
Source of Funding / Amount
Loan: Punjab Sustainable Highway Development Project
Ordinary capital resources US$ 280.00 million
Strategic Agendas Environmentally sustainable growth
Inclusive economic growth
Drivers of Change Gender Equity and Mainstreaming
Governance and capacity development
Knowledge solutions
Partnerships
Private sector development
Sector / Subsector

Transport / Road transport (non-urban)

Gender Equity and Mainstreaming Effective gender mainstreaming
Description

The project will dualize about 520 kilometers (km) of provincial highways in south Punjab from the existing two-lane to divided four-lane standards with road safety and climate resilience features. It will also engage concessionaires to conduct operations and maintenance for the project roads through tolling and performance-based maintenance approach.

It will also support the government to (i) establish a dedicated entity with streamlined funding to manage all provincial highways in Punjab; (ii) conduct road safety assessment for the provincial highway network of Punjab and pilot the Safe System approach with a framework and action plan; and (iii) improve climate resilience of the road network and Communication and Works Department's disaster-response capability.

Project Rationale and Linkage to Country/Regional Strategy There is a significant geographical disparity in the development of Punjab's economy, with the southern and western districts of the province (more rural, agricultural) lagging substantially behind the relatively more prosperous northern and eastern districts (more urban, industrial). The inadequacy of east-west road connectivity becomes most apparent in southern Punjab given the north -south orientation of the three high-capacity national road transport corridors (M4, M3, and N5) while there are no direct east-west corridors linking the market towns of southern Punjab and the neighboring districts in Balochistan and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa across the Indus. The Government of Punjab in its Punjab Spatial Strategy and the Punjab Growth Strategy 2023 assessed and identified the potential of Punjab's growth corridors and nodes with competitive economic position, and proposes to focus special attention on the development needs of backward areas, such as southern Punjab which is lagging in social and economic development due to the past pattern and distribution of public sector spending.
Impact Safe, affordable, efficient, durable, and environmentally friendly means of transport provided, ensuring reliable access to jobs, markets, education, and other services for all.
Outcome Safety, efficiency, and sustainability of the road network in southern Punjab improved
Outputs

Part of the provincial highway network improved

Institutional capacity on road sustainability strengthened

Geographical Location Punjab
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 The main stakeholders include local community, farmers, traders, local business community, transport companies, local government, and local residents. All these stakeholders will participate in the community consultation meetings during project design and implementation. It is envisioned that during the project preparation stage, the consultation and participation process will involve a stakeholder analysis followed by subsequent consultations with various groups. It is planned to conduct community meetings and consultations with the local government, nongovernment organizations, and transport-related societies. A series of focus group discussions and consultation will be undertaken with all stakeholders as part of poverty assessment, the socio-economic analysis and preparation of resettlement planning documents.
During Project Implementation Key civil society organizations include the Transport and Road Safety Foundation, and local women's organizations such as the All Pakistan Women's Association-Punjab, the Women's Rights Association. Others will be identified further. The level of participation will be consultations, information generation and sharing.
Business Opportunities
Consulting Services ADB will engage the consultants following the ADB Procurement Policy (2017, as amended from time to time) and its associated project staff instructions.
Procurement All procurement of goods and works will be undertaken in accordance with ADB's 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 Kim, Seunghyun
Responsible ADB Department Central and West Asia Department
Responsible ADB Division Transport and Communications Division, CWRD
Executing Agencies
Government of Punjab
Lahore
Pakistan
Timetable
Concept Clearance 11 Dec 2020
Fact Finding 09 Aug 2021 to 23 Aug 2021
MRM 15 Nov 2021
Approval -
Last Review Mission -
Last PDS Update 14 Dec 2020

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