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Qaisar-Bala Murghab Road Project.

Sector / Subsector : Transport - Road transport (non-urban)

Gender Equity and Mainstreaming : Some gender elements

Description : The objective of the Project is to assist the Government to promote economic and social development and reduce poverty by rehabilitating the primary road network damaged during three decades of conflict and neglect. The Project will support: (i) rehabilitation of the Qaisar-Bala Murghab section (90 km) of Herat-Andkhoy road; (ii) construction supervision and monitoring; and (iii) incremental project management such as engagement of external auditors to audit project accounts and the payment of additional salary of MPW staff assigned to the Progam Management Office (PMO) and the consultant team.

Project Rationale and Linkage to Country/Regional Strategy : Much of Afghanistan's road infrastructure has been destroyed or damaged in more than two decades of conflict. Damaged roads became bottlenecks to the movement of people and goods. Restricted movement has aggravated the division and disintegration of the country, as travel time and vehicle operating cost on roads significantly increased. The result is a virtual loss of efficient means of transport connecting Kabul to regional centers, and regional centers to remote villages. The Qaisar-Bala Murghab road forms part of the Herat-Andkhoy road, which is the last unpaved section of the national ring road. The project area is one of the least developed areas that the ring road traverses. Due to its remoteness and extreme weather in winter and summer, the project area continues to be in need of continued humanitarian aid and assistance in basic social services. Improvement to the road will facilitate provision of such services. The Project is part of coordinated international assistance to improve the road connecting Herat to Andkhoy, which will become a major north-south link across the central mountains, and significantly improve the stability and reliability of the transport system in Afghanistan. The improved road will also change transport in the subregion. Together with international links to the Central Asian Republics, Iran, and Pakistan that are currently being improved, the road will form a major road transport corridor from Central Asia to the warm water ports in the south. Indeed, the road forms part of the Central Asia Regional Economic Cooperation (CAREC) Corridors 3 and 6. The resulting outcome will reduce transport costs, and contribute to economic growth and poverty reduction in the subregion

Project completion date : 2016-12-31 12:00:00

Major organization : MINISTRY OF PUBLIC WORKS

Address : Fist Macrorayan

Kabul

Country :Afghanistan

Url : http://mopw.gov.af/

Financier : Asian Development Bank (ADB),

Financier address : Asian Development Bank (ADB)

6 ADB Avenue,

Mandaluyong City 1550,

Philippines

Website : http://www.adb.org

Tel: +63 2 632 4444

Fax: +63 2 636 2444

Responsible ADB Officer-David Hill

Responsible ADB Department-Central and West Asia Department

Responsible ADB Division-Transport and Communications Division, CWRD

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Publication:Mena Report
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Date:Dec 28, 2015
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