Mountain Railway Safety Enhancement Project (ADB-42019-013)

  • China
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Specific Location
Chengdu, Kunming
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  • Asian Development Bank (ADB)
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Voting Date
Aug 25, 2017
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Government of People's Republic of China
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  • Transport
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Investment Type(s)
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Investment Amount (USD)
$ 180.00 million
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Project Cost (USD)
$ 860.00 million
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Primary Source

Original disclosure @ ADB website

Updated in EWS Jul 20, 2020

Disclosed by Bank Sep 5, 2017

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Project Description
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The proposed project will improve railway safety by installing advanced railway signaling equipment, communication, power supply, and tunnel monitoring systems on the E'Mei Miyi section of the Chengdu Kunming railway line in southwestern People's Republic of China (PRC). It will also enhance institutional capacity to manage railway safety.

Output 1: Railway signaling, communication, and power supply system developed. This will include signaling and communication equipment to improve train operation safety, such as centralized train dispatching and monitoring, automatic block signaling, interlocking devices, and train control systems. This will also cover procurement of electric power supply, and bridge bearings for the safety of railway bridges.

Output 2: Tunnel safety operation and monitoring system installed. This will comprise tunnel equipment to enhance safety. The equipment will cover lighting, ventilation, firefighting and fire control systems, and emergency rescue and disaster management systems.

Output 3: Institutional capacity for railway safety management enhanced. This will help build the capacity for railway safety measures and technology. Working with the executing agency, the design institutes, and the railway administrations, the existing institutional arrangements for integrating safety measures in railway management will be reviewed, and recommendations made to make these more strategic and focused. Staff from pertinent government agencies will receive training on railway safety, disaster prevention, and emergency tunnel rescue operations to better equip them to handle rescue efforts in the event of a tunnel accident. About 100 staff from executing and implementing agencies will be trained, and technical exchanges on advanced technologies and new maintenance techniques will be organized to familiarize staff in these areas


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Government US$ 430 million
Domestic commercial bank loans US$ 250 million

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China Railway Corporation (Formerly Ministry of Railways)
10 Fuxing Road
Beijing 100844
People's Republic of China


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