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India: North Karnataka Urban Sector Investment Program, Tranche 1

August 10, 2016 | India | Water and Other Urban Infrastructure and Services

This project is Tranche 1 of the North Karnataka Urban Sector Investment Program, a multitranche financing facility (MFF) comprising four tranches. The urban sector and tourism investment proposals of the government’s overall investment plan for North Karnataka were recognized as priority sectors and were allocated 33% ($862 million) of the total investment plan, including an Asian Development Bank (ADB) contribution of $270 million in the MFF. The planned impact of the MFF was improvement in the people’s quality of life in 25 urban local bodies (ULBs) by providing basic urban infrastructure, which is particularly lacking in North Karnataka compared to the rest of the state. The MFF aimed to increase economic opportunities and growth in these towns, thereby reducing imbalances in the state. Tranche 1 was designed primarily to support water supply and sanitation infrastructure improvements in three ULBs in the towns of Haveri, Hospet, and Raichur.

This report validates the completion report’s assessment of the project. IED overall assessment: Less than successful.

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People’s Republic of China: Wuhan Wastewater and Stormwater Management Project

July 14, 2016 | China | Water and Other Urban Infrastructure and Services

This project is a key urban infrastructure initiative of the Wuhan Municipal Government, and was an integral part of the donor-funded basin-wide Yangtze water resources management initiatives. It aimed to better manage the surface water resources in the Wuhan Municipality. Four outputs of the project: (i) improved and expanded wastewater services in urban areas of Wuhan; (ii) improved and expanded wastewater services in Caidian and Dongxihu suburban areas; (iii) reduced flooding in stormwater drainage areas of Qiaokouqu district and Yangsigang and Luojia Road; and (iv) increased institutional capacity of Wuhan Drainage Company and Wuhan Urban Construction Foundation, the two implementing agencies.

This report validates the completion report’s assessment of the project. IED overall assessment: Less than successful.

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Sri Lanka: Southern Transport Development Project

December 24, 2015 | Sri Lanka | Transport

The Government of Sri Lanka recognized that improved transport was essential for improving living standards and reducing poverty in its southern region. A Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) master plan study found that the region’s development was severely constrained by poor transport links to other parts of the country, particularly to Colombo and to the economically dominant western province. Also, road safety was a major issue. The country’s fatality rate for road accidents was 18 fatalities per 10,000 vehicles, which was considered high. To finance the project, ADB first approved the original project loan in 1999 (Loan 1711). Subsequently, the government requested a supplementary loan, which ADB approved in 2008, to complete the project (Loan 2413).

This report validates the completion report’s assessment of the project. IED overall assessment: Less than successful.

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Uzbekistan: Amu Zang Irrigation Rehabilitation Project

December 24, 2015 | Uzbekistan | Agriculture, Natural Resources, and Rural Development

This report validates the completion report’s assessment of the project. IED overall assessment: Less than successful.

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Cambodia: Road Asset Management Project

December 24, 2015 | Cambodia | Transport

Without periodic road maintenance, the huge investment in rehabilitating Cambodia’s Ministry of Public Works and Transport (MPWT) paved roads was expected to diminish in value as the roads deteriorate because of traffic and flooding. A periodic maintenance program could help preserve the network of rehabilitated roads until the government would have enough funds for their upkeep. The MPWT’s institutional capacity needed to be strengthened so that it could contribute to the long-term sustainability of the paved roads. This would be achieved by establishing consistent and prioritized road management administration that could allow the MPWT to make allocations for road maintenance more effectively. The preservation of roads was expected to minimize increases in travel time and vehicle operating costs that comes with road deterioration, and achieve the accessibility that is essential for economic growth, particularly for the majority of people in rural areas.

This report validates the completion report’s assessment of the project. IED overall assessment: Less than successful.

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India: Chhattisgarh State Roads Development Sector Project

December 24, 2015 | India | Transport

During the project preparation stage, the poor quality of roads impeded the growth potential of Chhattisgarh, a newly formed state and one of the poorer states in India. The ride quality of most roads ranged from poor to very poor. Bad roads increased transport bottlenecks and resulted in poor transport services for the entire local economy, especially the rural poor and tribal populations. The institutional and technical capacity of the Public Works Department was reaching its limit in the areas of sector and investment management of state roads.

The Government of Chhattisgarh prepared a 10−Year Master Plan for Road Sector Development, 2003–2012. This became the basis for the approval of a priority investment program to improve, rehabilitate, strengthen, and widen about 5,000 kilometers of state roads. Of this length, about 1,700 km of state roads in Chhattisgarh was to be improved through a sector lending modality.

This report validates the completion report’s assessment of the project. IED overall assessment: Less than successful.

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Afghanistan: Hairatan to Mazar-e-Sharif Railway Project

December 24, 2015 | Afghanistan | Transport

Afghanistan is a landlocked country facing tough sociopolitical and physical challenges. At the time of project preparation, Hairatan was Afghanistan’s main dry and river port, accounting for close to 50% of its total imports. However, an existing rail line between Termez in Uzbekistan and Hairatan did not have a rail link into Afghanistan. Freight into Afghanistan and beyond had to be off-loaded and reloaded into trucks at Hairatan. This process was costly and slow and limited volume flows. Removing this bottleneck was considered an urgent task.

The extension of the Termez–Hairatan railway link into Mazar-e-Sharif in Afghanistan was a top government priority. This railway line was expected to create a reliable, safe, and sustainable transport link between Afghanistan and its neighboring countries to increase regional cooperation and trade. It was also considered key to expanding job creation, investment, and ultimately poverty reduction in Afghanistan.

This report validates the completion report’s assessment of the project. IED overall assessment: Less than successful.

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Cook Islands: Avatiu Port Development Project

December 24, 2015 | Cook Islands | Transport

In 2007, the Government of the Cook Islands adopted a 20-year Preventive Infrastructure Master Plan (IMP), prepared under an Asian Development Bank (ADB) technical assistance, as an integral part of the National Sustainable Development Plan, 2007–2010. The IMP assessed the condition and management of existing infrastructure. It concluded that lack of investment in maintenance and rehabilitation resulted in the failure to meet existing demands, thus hindering economic development. The development of Avatiu port was identified as a high priority under the IMP due to the risk of serious deterioration and operational failure.

This report validates the completion report’s assessment of the project. IED overall assessment: Less than successful.

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Bangladesh: Road Network Improvement and Maintenance Project II

November 25, 2015 | Bangladesh | Transport

Roads have become important for regional cooperation. It is expected that Bangladesh will accommodate most intra-regional transit shipments in the region. These benefits have yet to be fully realized in view of the poor land port facilities in Banglabandh and the narrow and poorly maintained border access roads. As the government improves the land port facilities, cross-border traffic through Banglabandh is expected to grow and help spur economic benefits and initiatives for regional cooperation.

The project aimed to provide rural farmers with better access to markets and promote cross-border traffic, secure government resources and promote private sector participation in road maintenance and enhanced road safety. This report validates the completion report’s assessment of the project. IED overall assessment: Less than successful.

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Indonesia: Power Transmission Improvement Sector Project

October 20, 2015 | Indonesia | Energy

In the energy sector, the strategies of the Asian Development Bank (ADB) were to make more energy available in a least-cost and environment-friendly manner and improve access to it for all, particularly the poor. ADB’s Country Assistance Plan 2001–2003 for Indonesia outlined support in the electricity subsector, particularly in Java-Bali and the outer islands. The project was part of the government’s strategy (i) to expand the country’s electricity supply based on a least-cost manner, (ii) improve supply efficiency and reliability, and (iii) make power generation, and distribution more financially viable through the Power Sector Restructuring Strategy of 1998.

This report validates the completion report’s assessment of the project. IED overall assessment: Less than successful.

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