The proposed project will assist the Government of Afghanistan in preparing the Central Asia Regional Economic Cooperation (CAREC) Corridors 5 and 6 (Salang Corridor) Project (ensuing project). The ensuing project will rehabilitate and upgrade the Salang Corridor one of the few viable land routes linking the north and south of Afghanistan. The project will support the government in (i) studying the feasibility of three alignment options for the rehabilitation and upgrade of the Salang Corridor; and (ii) completing the detailed engineering design, procurement documentation, and project and safeguard documents for the selected option.
PROJECT RATIONALE AND LINKAGE TO COUNTRY/REGIONAL STRATEGY
Planned and designed over many years, construction of the 2.7-kilometer Salang Tunnel was completed in 1964. During more than 50 years of service, proper maintenance and rehabilitation did not occur regularly, if at all, as a result of the 30 years of internal conflict and associated effects on sector governance. Road crashes, fires, conflict-related acts, and constant usage have contributed to the tunnel falling into a state of severe disrepair. Present conditions within the tunnel are dangerous to users because of inadequate ventilation, poor lighting, lack of proper modern safety features, and a failing road surface all of which constrain the traffic flow and incur an estimated economic cost of $60 million per year. If the tunnel completely fails, the costs to the Afghan economy would be substantial and could pose an additional risk to the stability of the fragile and conflict-affected state (FCAS).
The ensuing project will (i) reduce the cost of passenger and cargo transportation between the southern and northern regions of Afghanistan and Central Asia by reducing travel times; (ii) ensure the security, reliability, and year-round use of the Salang Corridor by providing some redundancy through the availability of two alternative routes; and (iii) promote trade and investment. Additionally, the ensuing project will produce road safety benefits and may be a vehicle for introducing private sector participation in the transport sector through possible partial financing of construction and future operations and maintenance.
Accelerated implementation of the ensuing project, contributing to improved efficiency and safer movement of goods and people in Afghanistan and across Central and West Asia.
Grant 0490-AFG: Preparation of Central Asia Regional Economic Cooperation Corridors 5 and 6 (Salang Corridor) Project
Concessional ordinary capital resources / Asian Development Fund US$ 15.45 million
Grant 0491-AFG: Preparation of Central Asia Regional Economic Cooperation Corridors 5 and 6 (Salang Corridor) Project
Afghanistan Infrastructure Trust Fund US$ 15.92 million
ACCOUNTABILITY MECHANISM OF ADB
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Responsible ADB Officer Soetantri, Nana S R H
Responsible ADB Department Central and West Asia Department
Responsible ADB Division Transport and Communications Division, CWRD
Ministry of Finance
Islamic Republic of Afghanistan