Project Data Sheet

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PDS Creation Date 02 Feb 2007
PDS Updated as of 16 Apr 2010

Project Name Roads Network Improvement
Country Sri Lanka
Project/Program Number 28331-013
Status Closed
Geographical Location Western, Central, Southern, and Northern Provinces
In preparing any country program or strategy, financing any project, or by making any designation of, or reference to, a particular territory or geographic area in this document, the Asian Development Bank does not intend to make any judgments as to the legal or other status of any territory or area.
Sector Transport and ICT
Subsector Road Transport
Strategic Agendas
Drivers of Change
Gender Equity and Mainstreaming Categories


Type/Modality of Assistance Approval Number Source of Funding Approved Amount (thousand)

Safeguard Categories

For more information about the safeguard categories, please see

Environment B

Summary of Environmental and Social Aspects

RDA prepared IEA and RIP for the project. Supervision consultants are monitoring the EMP and submitting monthly progress reports. Land Acquisition and Resettlements are expected under the project.
RDA has acquired 18,400 land lots for improvement of roads under the Project. Payment of compensation is completed for 11,656 people. The Government has already paid Rs.2,255 million for compensation. Number of lots to be compensated is about 703 lots. The slow progress of payment of compensation for these lots is due to delays in valuation reports and inadequate counterpart funds. This has been brought to RDAs attention. RDA has almost completed all payments of compensation.

Environmental Aspects
Involuntary Resettlement
Indigenous Peoples

Stakeholder Communication, Participation and Consultation

According to RIP, RDA is implementing the consultation process with affected people.

During Project Design
During Project Implementation


The objective of Bank assistance is to modernize and
streamline sector policies and institutional capacity to enable the effective planning and management of the entire road network to meet the needs of the growing economy. The Project will provide investment finance and advisory services to improve part of the high-priority national road infrastructure as well as the upgrading of the private construction industry. The scope of the proposed Project will include (i) improvement
of geometric alignment and pavement strengthening (Option 1) of about 189 kms of Class A and B roads, (ii) pavement strengthening only (Option 2) of about 156 km of Class A and B roads, (iii) rehabilitation and/or widening of 47 bridges, (iv) construction supervision, (v) capacity building in the local road construction industry, and (vi) engineering studies for the Southern Transport Corridor Project. (Piggybacked to this loan is Reengineering of Road Sector Institutions technical assistance).

Project Rationale and Linkage to Country/Regional Strategy

The Government's development goals are economic growth and poverty reduction. The roads to be improved under the Project link major centers of population with each other and with the Colombo metropolitan area, providing access to areas where export-oriented agricultural and industrial activities take place. Improvements to these roads will reduce transport bottlenecks which are presently constraining economic development.

Development Impact

Project Outcome

Description of Outcome
Progress Towards Outcome

Outputs and Implementation Progress

Description of Project Outputs
Status of Implementation Progress (Outputs, Activities, and Issues)
Status of Development Objectives
Status of Operation / Construction
Material Changes

Business Opportunities

Date of First Listing 2007 Feb 02
Consulting Services
About 165 person-months of international consulting services and 750 person-months of domestic consulting services will be required for Project supervision. In addition, consulting services will be required to assist in the development of the local road construction industry through the provision of on-site advice to contractors and through formal training programs relating to technical and financial management. These services will require about 130 person-months of international consulting services and 40 person-months of domestic consulting services.
The five largest civil works packages for road improvement works will be procured through international competitive bidding, while the rest of the contracts for improvement works and all of the contracts for pavement strengthening works will be carried through local competitive bidding. Procurement of civil works will be carried out in two phases.
Procurement and Consulting Notices


Concept Clearance
Fact-finding 07 Mar 1998 to 02 Apr 1998
Management Review Meeting 15 Jun 1998
Approval 08 Dec 1998


Approval No. Approval Signing Effectivity Closing
Original Revised Actual
Loan 1649 08 Dec 1998 28 Jan 1999 26 Feb 1999 30 Jun 2005 31 Dec 2008 07 Apr 2009

Contacts and Update Details

Responsible ADB Officer K.M. Tilakaratne (
Responsible ADB Department South Asia Department
Responsible ADB Divisions Sri Lanka Resident Mission
Executing Agencies Road Development Authority
Mr. W A S Weerasinghe


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