According to ADB's documents, this project will finance improvement of the 209.3 kilometers Dhaka-Sylhet section of the existing National Highway No. 2 from a two-lane road into four lanes, with slow-moving vehicular traffic lanes on both sides. By connecting to the borders with India via the Sylhet-Tamabil section, the project will improve the connectivity of the Dhaka-Sylhet-Tamabil international corridor. The investment project will also improve the geometric design of the existing alignment at major control points such as sharp curves and commercial and residential centers, in line with best engineering practices. This will contribute to increased efficiency, connectivity, and safety, bringing the design of the corridor to an internationally comparable level. The design of the road will have enhanced features for safety, elderly, women, children, and differently-abled (EWCD) inclusion, and disaster and climate change resilience to ensure sustainability, accessibility, and undisrupted connectivity. The project will also assist the Roads and Highways Department (RHD) in strengthening its capacity for road safety and post-construction maintenance, through the attached transaction technical assistance funded by the Japan Fund for Poverty Reduction (subject to the approval of the Government of Japan) and the ADB's Technical Assistance Special Fund.
The rationale for this project emerges from the government's Eighth Five Year Plan (2020-2025) sets targets for the construction of 550 km of new multi-lane roads, the addition of 150 km of new lanes, improvement or rehabilitation of 1,800 km of the National Highways, as well as achieving 10% reduction in road traffic accidents by 2025. For achieving these targets, the Plan prioritizes core transformational road projects requiring large investments and emphasizes stronger implementation capacity of the RHD for completing these projects timely. The project will be focusing on achieving these targets.
Transport infrastructure is also the centerpiece of the ADB-supported SASEC program, which promotes regional prosperity. The SASEC Operational Plan, 2016 -2025 identified 112 priority regional cooperation and integration transport projects worth about $58.9 billion. It includes the widening of the NH2 of which the proposed SASEC Dhaka -Sylhet Corridor Road Investment Project is a major part.
ENVIRONMENT AND SOCIAL ASPECTS
-10 stakeholder consultation meetings and 61 focus groups discussion were conducted between October 2019 and February 2020. Stakeholder engagement will continue throughout the land acquisition process.
|Responsible ADB Officer||Sakaguchi, Satomi|
|Responsible ADB Department||South Asia Department|
|Responsible ADB Division||Transport and Communications Division, SARD|
|Executing Agencies||Roads and Highways Department
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