46042-001: Shaanxi Mountain Road Safety Demonstration Project (formerly Shaanxi Trunk Roads Improvement Project)

Project Data Sheet (PDS): Details

Description

The Shaanxi Provincial Government (SPG) has requested ADB financing for a project to rehabilitate and upgrade provincial and rural roads to improve road safety. Shaanxi Province is one of the least developed provinces in the People's Republic of China (PRC) in terms of per capita GDP, per capita urban income and per capita rural income at about 90%, 82%, and 69% of the national averages in 2010. The project is in the Qinba Mountains area in southwest Shaanxi Province, one of the 11 porest regions targeted for concentrated interventions under the 2011-2020 poverty reduction strategy of the PRC Government. The project areas had an overall poverty incidence of over 35% in 2011. The project investments will be located in Ankang and Shangluo, two prefecture-level cities in the Qinba Mountains area that have populations of 2.95 million and 2.41 million respectively. Together, these municipalities account for almost 15% of Shaanxi Province's population. Both Ankang and Shangluo have strong potential for expansion of agriculture and related processing, mineral and hydropower industries, and the development of tourism. Lack of adequate transport accessibility and highly unsafe road conditions are major constraints on the social and economic development of the region.

Project Rationale and Linkage to Country/Regional Strategy

The proposed project is in line with ADB's PRC country partnership strategy (CPS) 2011-2015 which identifies improving road safety and rural roads as key areas of support.

Stakeholder Communication, Participation and Consultation

During Project Design

The main stakeholders include (i) local governments and their line agencies (i.e. the transport bureau, poverty reduction bureau, women's federation, agricultural bureau, traffic police, education bureau for road safety awareness, tourism promotion bureau), (ii) rural people in townships and villages along the proposed roads; (iii) land acquisition and resettlement affected people; (iv) enterprises and small business; (v) transport services companies; (vi) Shaanxi Provincial Department of Transport; and (vii) ADB. The rural road design will incorporate the views of the local people, including women, many of whom are poor and have been excluded due to poor mobility. Also, other collaborating agencies that are engaged in various development adcitivities will be consulted.

During Project Implementation

Ongoing.

 

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