37266-032: Roads Connectivity Sector I

Project Data Sheet (PDS): Details

Description

The principal objective of the grant is to reduce the isolation of remote rural communities, mostly in the hilly region by enhancing access of the poor to basic services, employment opportunities, and service centers of health and education in major towns and district headquarters. The anti-trafficking program will help mitigate the spread of HIV/AIDS, and hence, is included in the HIV/AIDS and Anti-Trafficking Program to be financed by the Grant.

Impact

Reduce poverty of isolated people in the hilly northern part of Nepal, and support economic growth of rural communities

Project Outcome

Description of Outcome

1. Enhance access to district headquarters, markets, employment opportunities and social services including health and education. 2. Increased traffic growth rate. 3. Reduced transport cost. 4. Reduced road accident rate. 5. Improved efficiency and sustainability of DOR in planning, constructing, and managing the SRN. 6. Enhanced capacity of local construction and consulting services 7. Prevention of HIV/AIDS and anti-trafficking

Progress Towards Outcome

The project is physically completed recently awaiting the financial closure. Progress towards outcome will be assessed during the PCR mission later this year

Implementation Progress

Description of Project Outputs

(i) road connectivity (ii) Connected district headquarters (iii) Maintain SRN (iv) Road safety capacity improved in DOR (v) Strengthen road safety database (vi) Prevention of overloading (vii) Building capacity of DOR and local contractors increased (viii) HIV/AIDS and anti-trafficking component 1. Increased awareness about HIV/AIDS transmission by vulnerable people in the project area 2. Increased access and ability to use prevention services and products. Effective behaviour change program established through information and education campaigns, community mobilization and condom distribution. 3. Risk of being trafficked reduced for women and children. 4. Increased capacity of DOR to handle HIV/AIDS and anti-trafficking issues in road projects (ix) Domestic contractors engaged for works of project roads.

Status of Operation/Construction or Implementation Progress

1) Road Connectivity: 1.1) Construction and upgrading of 239.91 km sample feeder roads and 78 km of non-sample feeder roads to all weather standard Progress: A total of 239.91 km of sample and 78 km non sample feeder roads have been upgraded to fair weather standard under the Project. Civil works of 22 contract packages have been completed. Construction of Sunkoshi Bridge in Khurkot was completed on 30 June 2014. 2) Connected district headquarters 2.1) 3 district headquarters connected for the first time by road to highways Progress: Three district headquarters are connected to all weather road for the first time (Dhunche of Rasuwa, Manthali of Ramechhap, and Taplejung of Taplejung districts). 3) Maintain SRN: 3.1) DOR has a provision and the budget for annual periodic maintenance of 500km of SRN including 318 financed by ADF grant 4) Road safety capacity improved in DOR 4.1) Road safety audit manual tools developed Progress: DOR has development road safety manuals 4.2) Training conducted for DOTM staff in July 2012 5) Strengthen road safety database 5.1) Purchase updated data software Progress: DOR will carry out need assessment 5.2) 10 DOR and DOTM staff trained Progress: DOR staffs have been trained under TA 4825. Training provided to DOTM staff in July 2012 6) Prevention of overloading 6.1) Purchase and application of about 20 road safety equipment Progress: 6.2) Heavy Vehicle Management Policy in implementation Progress: EA prepared short and long term action plan to implement heavy vehicle management policy. EA to regularly submit progress report to ADB 6.3) Installation of weighbridges at 15 key positions Progress: DOR has initiated procurement process to purchase axel weigh bridges under Grant 0225: STEP 7) Building capacity of DOR and local contractors increased 7.1) Increase in technical capacity of staff of DOR and local contractors Progress: Training provided to DOR staff and local contractors under TA 4825 to increase their technical capacity 8) HIV/AIDS and anti-trafficking component 8.1) Increased awareness about HIV/AIDS transmission by vulnerable people in the project area 8.1.1) 90% or road construction workers, transport operators, female sex workers, labor migrants, populations living along the road corridors, reached by the Project Progress: 2,831 people working along project road under different packages, consultants have been sensitized on HIV/AIDs and human trafficking issues. 1,009(community people, hotel owners, transport operators) have also been sensitized. 5,477 brochures, 5,752 posters and 7,410 pamphlets distributed to raise the awareness among the target groups 8.2) Increased access and ability to use prevention services and products. Effective behavior change program established through information and education campaigns, community mobilization and condom distribution 8.2.1) 70% of the male target group and female sex workers report consistent condom use Progress: 88,120 condoms have been distributed among target groups. the KAP assessment shows majority of the target group are consistently using condom 8.2.2) 100% of the male target group and female sex workers know the benefit of using condoms Progress: The male target group and female sex workers in the project road sections are aware about the benefit of using condoms 8.3) Risk of being trafficked reduced for women and children 8.3.1) 100% of girls and women aged 11-25 and boys aged 6-12 reached with anti-trafficking messages Progress: 2,721 (1,228 boys and 1,423 girls) participated in anti-trafficking awareness through school and health programs 8.4) Increased capacity of DOR to handle HIV/AIDS and anti-trafficking issues in road projects 8.4.1) DOR staff sensitized and trained on DOR to handle HIV/AIDS and anti-trafficking issues in road projects Progress: 161 DOR staff and consultant participated in 10-12 programs conducted 9) Domestic contractors engaged for works of project roads 9.1) More than 50% of works contracted to domestic contractors Progress: 23 civil work contract packages awarded under the Project. 12 (52%) contracts were awarded to domestic contractors to strengthen capacity of local construction industry

Safeguard Categories

Environment: B
Involuntary Resettlement: A
Indigenous Peoples: B

Stakeholder Communication, Participation and Consultation

During Project Design

Meetings held with all relevant stakeholders during project design.

During Project Implementation

Stakeholder meetings held to (i) familiar local communities about the project design and implementation produre; (ii) distribution of compensation packages; and (iii) address local grievances.

Status of Covenants

Category Rating
Grant 0051
Sector Satisfactory
Social Satisfactory
Financial Satisfactory
Economic
Others Satisfactory
Safeguards Satisfactory
Project Financial Statements
Loan 8231
Sector Satisfactory
Social Satisfactory
Financial Satisfactory
Economic
Others Satisfactory
Safeguards Satisfactory
Project Financial Statements

 

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