South Asia Subregional Economic Cooperation Road Connectivity Project (ADB-39225-034)

  • Bhutan
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Specific Location
Dewathang, Nganglam
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Financial Institutions
  • Asian Development Bank (ADB)
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Project Status
Bank Risk Rating
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Voting Date
Jul 31, 2014
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Department of Roads
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  • Construction
  • Infrastructure
  • Transport
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Investment Type(s)
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Investment Amount (USD)
$ 50.35 million
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Bank Documents
Primary Source

Original disclosure @ ADB website

Updated in EWS Jul 13, 2020

Disclosed by Bank Mar 15, 2017

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Project Description

This project will build 68.3 km of the vital Southern East West Highway between the towns of Dewathang and Nganglam as part of the South Asia Subregional Economic Cooperation Road Connectivity Project.
The project is also building a 1.2 km access road between Bhutan''s border with India and the Pasakha industrial estate. Border crossing stations in Phuentsholing City the town of Alay will also be improved, and a 2.7 km access road to the national highway will be built.

Investment Description

The funding for this project was provided by the following:
ADB (Grant): US$ 18.96 million
ADB (Loan): US$ 31.39 million

Contact Information

Department of Roads
Ministry of Communications

Phuentsholing Thromde
Post Box. 02, Pelkhil Lam,
District Chukha,
Phuentsholing, Bhutan


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