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North-South Road Corridor Investment Program - Project 1 :  Armenia, Republic of

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Loan Name North-South Road Corridor Investment Program - Project 1
Country Armenia, Republic of
Loan Number 2561
Project Number 42145- 02
Source of Funding/Amount[Approved]
Asian Development Fund US$60.00  million
Thematic Classification Regional Cooperation
Economic growth
Private Sector Development
Capacity Development
Sector/Subsector Transport and ICT / Road Transport
Gender Mainstreaming Category Some gender benefits
Description The Project aims to improve road infrastructure, road network management capacity, and road safety along the Project Road.

It comprises the following main components:
(i) reconstruction and/or rehabilitation of approximately 18.4 km of four-lane road section between Yerevan and Ashtarak;
(ii) road safety enhancement of four-lane road section between Yerevan and Ararat;
(iii) project management support, including detailed design of subsequent project(s) proposed financing under the Investment Program, supervision consultancy, and preparation of tender documents and procurement, and
(iv) support for implementing road subsector plan under the transport sector strategy.
Project Outcome
Outcome Progress Toward Outcome
The outcome will be an efficient, safe, and sustainable north-south road corridor, linking Armenia domestically and internationally. Project 2 will (i) reconstruct approximately 41.3km of the two-lane road section between towns of Ashtarak and Talin and widen it into 4 lane road; and (ii) prepare feasibility studies and detailed design of subsequent project(s) proposed for financing under the Investment Program.
Implementation Progress
Outputs Status of Implementation Progress (Outputs, Activities and Issues)
An upgraded road section between Ashtarak and Talin
Geographical Location Yerevan, Ashtarak, Ararat
Safeguard Categories Safeguard Categories explained (Launches new browser window)
  Environment B
  Resettlement C
  Indigenous People C
Summary of Environmental and Social Aspects
Environmental Aspects An environmental assessment and review framework (EARF) covering environment safeguard tasks for the Investment Program in compliance with national laws and ADB's Environment Policy (2002) has been prepared and was approved by the Government (Supplementary Appendix F).
The environmental classification for the Tranche 1 Project is category B. An initial environmental examination (IEE) was carried out in accordance with ADBs Environment Policy and Environmental Assessment Guidelines (2003). Regular environmental monitoring is carried out according to the environmental management plan and the bi annual monitoring reports are disclosed. The monitoring report for the period from January to June 2014 will be disclosed in the first week of August 2014. No major issues have been raised up to the end of May 2014.
Involuntary Resettlement A land acquisition and resettlement framework (LARF) regulating land acquisition and resettlement activities for the Investment Program in compliance with national laws and ADB's Involuntary Resettlement Policy (1995) has been prepared and was approved by the Government (Supplementary Appendix E).
The resettlement classification of the Tranche 1 Project is C. Civil works will entail the improvement of an existing four-lane highway and will take place within the existing right-of-way or on unused state-owned land. No relocation of households or acquisition of productive land is expected. Borrow pits or quarries are also available in the state-owned empty land, within easy access and away from residential areas. Impacts during construction have been mitigated and the grievance redress mechanism continues to be an effective means of consultation.
Indigenous People Indigenous people: Category C - In Armenia there are no groups with characteristics fitting the definition of indigenous people of ADB¿s Policy on Indigenous Peoples (1998). Therefore, the entire Investment Program and all tranche projects will be categorized as C for impact on indigenous people.
Stakeholder Communication, Participation and Consultation
During Project Design The concerned stakeholders are grouped into (i) project sponsors - a central government represented by the ministries of economy (MOE), finance (MOF), and transport and communications (MOTC); (ii) regional administrations of the five marzpetaran (regional subdivision) where the road corridor lies, (iii) community leaders and councils of Avagani (council of elderly), (iv) community members, land owners and road users, (v) international organizations working in the project areas, (vi) local and international NGOs , and other donor/funding organizations.

These groups were consulted through interviews, group discussions, questionnaires and surveys to identify and incorporate their individual concerns in the project and overall program design and subsequent implementation with regard to detailed engineering designs, social development, resettlement and environment related issues.
During Project Implementation A grievance redress mechanism for resettlement, managing environment, and addressing concerns of the road users, communities and other project stakeholders is in place. Public consultation is on-going. The project management unit and the supervision consultant have full-time specialists that monitor and report performance to ADB.
Responsible ADB Officer Arto T. Ahonen
Prianka Seneviratne
Responsible ADB Department Central and West Asia Department
Responsible ADB Division Transport and Communications Division, CWRD
Timetable
Concept Clearance 14 Jul 2009
Fact-finding 18 Jul 2009 to 30 Jul 2009
Board Approval 06 Oct 2009
CLOSING
Loan No. Approval Signing Effectivity Original Revised Actual
2561-ARM 06 Oct 09 12 Oct 09 24 Feb 10 30 Jun 14 - -

Financing Plan Top Loan Utilization
  TOTAL ( Amount in US$ million)
Project Cost 60.00
ADB 60.00
Counterpart 0.00
Cofinancing 0.00
Date ADB OTHERS Net Percentage
Cumulative Contract Awards
17 Dec 2014 57.104 99%
Cumulative Disbursements
17 Dec 2014 45.983 80%
Top Status of Covenants
Category Sector Social Financial Economic Others Safe
Rating Satisfactory Satisfactory Satisfactory Satisfactory Satisfactory Satisfactory
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