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Road Connectivity Sector I: Project Completion Report

Project or program completion reports evaluate design, implementation and performance of a project or program, and provide an overall assessment and recommendations.

This document dated July 2016 is provided for the ADB project 37266-032 in Nepal.

Road Connectivity Sector I: Project Completion Report

Project or program completion reports evaluate design, implementation and performance of a project or program, and provide an overall assessment and recommendations.

This document dated July 2016 is provided for the ADB project 37266-032 in Nepal.

Smallholder Development Project: Project Completion Report

Project or program completion reports evaluate design, implementation and performance of a project or program, and provide an overall assessment and recommendations.

This document dated June 2016 is provided for the ADB project 31351-013, 31351-014 in the Lao People’s Democratic Republic.

Sri Lanka: Southern Transport Development Project

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.

Cambodia: Road Asset Management Project

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.

India: Chhattisgarh State Roads Development Sector Project

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.