Project Data Sheet

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PDS Creation Date 10 Aug 2006
PDS Updated as of 28 Jan 2015

Project Name Road Sector Development Project
Country Sri Lanka
Project/Program Number 31280-013
Status Closed
Geographical Location Western, North Central, North Western and Uva 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
Subsector Road transport (non-urban)
Strategic Agendas Inclusive economic growth (IEG)
Drivers of Change
Gender Equity and Mainstreaming Categories Category 4: No gender elements (NGE)


Type/Modality of Assistance Approval Number Source of Funding Approved Amount (thousand)
Loan1986Asian Development Fund56,500
Loan8206OPEC Fund for International Development8,500
TOTAL US$ 65,000

Safeguard Categories

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Environment B

Summary of Environmental and Social Aspects

IEE confirmed that no significant adverse environmental impacts are expected and a detailed EIA is not required. Consultants monitored environmental impacts regularly. No social issues were expected as the Project did not include major land acquisition and resettlement.

Environmental Aspects
Involuntary Resettlement
Indigenous Peoples

Stakeholder Communication, Participation and Consultation

Provincial councils and PRDAs carried out consultations with beneficiaries

During Project Design
During Project Implementation


The Project will be the first intervention under the medium-term program for road sector development in Sri Lanka. The first objective is to improve transport efficiency by (i) strengthening national and provincial roads institutions to perform their core role of strategic management and planning of the road network; (ii) developing strong, competitive domestic capacity for road construction and engineering services; (iii) planning, executing, and financing road maintenance on a sustainable basis; and (iv) upgrading and increasing capacity of priority roads. The second objective is to increase private sector participation in the road sector by (i) increased outsourcing of RDA construction and maintenance work and engineering services, and (ii) increasing opportunities for private operation of bus services. The Project will also improve the governance of the road sector by increasing transparency.

Project Rationale and Linkage to Country/Regional Strategy

Development Impact

Economic growth and poverty reduction in Project target areas

Project Outcome

Description of Outcome
Improvement of transport efficiency by ? Strengthening national and provincial road institutions to perform their core role of strategic management and planning of the road network; ? Developing strong, competitive domestic capacity for road construction and engineering services; and ? Investing in priority road improvements
Progress Towards Outcome

Outputs and Implementation Progress

Description of Project Outputs
1. Reform of national highway provisions 1.1. Private sector participation 1.2. Implementation of reengineering action plans 2. Strengthening provincial roads provision 2.1. Institutional development program 2.2. Interprovincial coordination 3. Strategic roads improvement 3.1. Provincial roads improvement 3.2. Design of national roads development
Status of Implementation Progress (Outputs, Activities, and Issues)
Completed Completed Completed Completed Completed Completed
Status of Development Objectives
Status of Operation / Construction
Material Changes

Business Opportunities

Date of First Listing 2006 Aug 10
Consulting Services
There will be 3 consulting services packages required under the loan for (i) reform program, (ii) project implementation, and (iii) detailed design of national highways development. For the reform of national highway provision, an international consulting firm in association with domestic consultants will be appointed. It is estimated that about 60 person-months of international consultants and 130 person-months of domestic consultants will be required. The consultants will assist RDA to plan, develop, test and document new procedures and road management systems and improve existing procedures; provide training to RDA staff in the application of new procedures and systems; and assist the RDA to monitor and evaluate progress. Second, an international consulting firm in association with domestic consultants will also be recruited as a project implementation consultant for the provincial roads improvement component. The consultant's responsibilities will cover (i) services to support the project management unit in implementation of the improvement of about 1,000 km provincial roads in North Central, North Western, Western, and Uva provinces, including specification and packaging of contracts, contract administration, construction supervision, and project impact monitoring and evaluation; and (ii) an institutional development program to strengthen the capability of the four provincial road administrations so that they can manage and maintain the secondary road network efficiently. An estimated 300 person-months of international and 1,850 person-months of domestic consulting services will be required. The international consultants will also provide on-the-job training to the counterpart staff and domestic consultants. The domestic consulting services will include monitoring the social and poverty impact of the Project. Third, consulting services for National Highways Development will be required to conduct detailed design of the roads selected for improvement by the ADB-financed TA feasibility study on National Highways Development attached to the Project. The services will be carried out by a team consisting of international and domestic consulting firms. Staffing inputs will be about 50 person-months of international consultants and 100 person-months of domestic consultants. Expertise required will include highway design, materials and pavement engineering, structure engineering, contract management, and environment assessment; and a resettlement specialist acceptable to ADB. The duration of the consulting services will be eight months. Advance action for selection of consulting services was approved by ADB on 03 May 2002.
All civil works contract packages (about 70 contract packages) will be procured in accordance with ADB's Guidelines for Procurement following local competitive bidding procedures. Supply contracts will be procured through international shopping for contracts with an estimated value of $100,000 - 500,000, and through direct purchase arrangement for contracts with an estimated value less than $100,000. Eligible bidders of civil works will be either domestic private companies appropriately registered with ICTAD or foreign companies operating in Sri Lanka. RCDC and other Government-backed contractors will not eligible to bid.
Procurement and Consulting Notices


Concept Clearance
Fact-finding 10 May 2001 to 25 May 2001
Management Review Meeting 03 May 2002
Approval 11 Dec 2012


Approval No. Approval Signing Effectivity Closing
Original Revised Actual
Loan 1986 19 Dec 2002 10 Feb 2003 22 May 2003 30 Jun 2008 31 Dec 2008 14 May 2009


Date Approval Number ADB (US$ thousand) Others (US$ thousand) Net Percentage
Cumulative Contract Awards
27 Sep 2016 Loan 1986 60,288 0 100.00%
Cumulative Disbursements
27 Sep 2016 Loan 1986 60,288 0 100.00%

Status of Covenants

Covenants are categorized under the following categories—audited accounts, safeguards, social, sector, financial, economic, and others. Covenant compliance is rated by category by applying the following criteria: (i) Satisfactory—all covenants in the category are being complied with, with a maximum of one exception allowed, (ii) Partly Satisfactory—a maximum of two covenants in the category are not being complied with, (iii) Unsatisfactory—three or more covenants in the category are not being complied with. As per the 2011 Public Communications Policy, covenant compliance ratings for Project Financial Statements apply only to projects whose invitation for negotiation falls after 2 April 2012.

Approval No. Category
Sector Social Financial Economic Others Safeguards Project Financial Statements
Loan 1986
Loan 8206

Contacts and Update Details

Responsible ADB Officer Nissanka Salgado (
Responsible ADB Department South Asia Department
Responsible ADB Divisions Sri Lanka Resident Mission
Executing Agencies Ministry of Highway-COLOMBO
Mr. S. Chandrapalan

Ministry of Local Govt & Provincial Council(MLGPC)
Mr. Ranjith Pemasiri


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