Project Data Sheet

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PDS Creation Date 27 Nov 2006
PDS Updated as of 16 Oct 2007

Project Name Hefei-Xi'an Railway
Country China, People's Republic of
Project/Program Number 33175-013
Status Approved
Geographical Location Anhui, Hubei, Henan, and Shaanxi 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 Rail 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 A

Summary of Environmental and Social Aspects

The potential environmental impacts of the Project include: (i) soil erosion from tunnel and excavation spoils and stockpiled material; (ii) noise from construction and railway operation; (iii) smoke and air pollutants primarily from boilers at stations and dust during the loading, transit, and unloading of coal; (iv) contamination of bodies of water by temporary workers' camps and water from tunnel construction; (v) solid waste from temporary workers' camps, passenger trains, and slag from boilers at stations; (vi) clearing of forests; and (vii) possible impact on unexplored historical sites, if any. The environmental protection and mitigation measures are estimated to cost $39.4 million equivalent; these are included in the project cost estimates. Monitoring are undertaken to ensure that environmental impacts are minimized to acceptable levels and meet ADB requirements as well as the Government's environmental standards and provincial regulations. MOR has assured that the environmental mitigation measures identified in the EIA were incorporated in the design and construction stages of the Project. Environmental measures, on which action needs to be taken by civil works contractors, were incorporated in the bidding documents for civil works to ensure implementation of such mitigation measures by contractors. Compliance with these measures were monitored by Environmental Assessment Center of the China Academy of Railway Sciences to ensure that all applicable national, provincial, and local environmental laws, regulations, guidelines, and standards are met during project implementationand operation. Moniroting of such measures were reported in the quarterly progress reports on project implementaiton. The Project would have major direct and indirect social and poverty reduction impacts that significantly strengthen its justification. Formulation of the Project has sought to maximize positive social impacts, and avoid and mitigate the negative ones. Women were employed in the operation of the railways in several different types of jobs, including signaling operators, station management staff, and security guards. Negative secondary gender impacts were not anticipated with the construction and operation of the Project. No indigenous people were known to be living along the Project route.

Environmental Aspects
Involuntary Resettlement
Indigenous Peoples

Stakeholder Communication, Participation and Consultation

Adequate consultations were held with people living in the project area during processing of the Project.

During Project Design
During Project Implementation


The goal of the Project is to promote economic growth in poor interior provinces to raise living standards and reduce poverty. This will be achieved by providing railway infrastructure that facilitates economic transportation of goods and people, and improves access of the poor to employment opportunities and income generation activities. The project scope comprises: (i) construction of a 954-km single track, standard gauge railway between Hefei and Xi'an, including subgrades, bridges, and tunnels; (ii) laying of railway track consisting of rails and accessories, concrete sleepers and stone ballast; (iii) construction of 52 new railway stations complete with facilities, (iv) electrification of the 407-km Xi'an to Nanyang section including power supply arrangements; (v) provision of modern technology and equipment for signaling, telecommunications, yard operation, and mechanized maintenance of track; (vi) training in the use and maintenance of modern equipment; (vii) environmental protection and mitigation of adverse environmental effects; (viii) land acquisition and resettlement of affected persons; (ix) consulting services for design, construction supervision and quality control, procurement, environmental monitoring and monitoring of resettlement and social impact; and (x) institutional strengthening of marketing and business development capabilities.

Project Rationale and Linkage to Country/Regional Strategy

Rail traffic on the existing east-west corridor from Liangyungang to Lanzhou has increased rapidly and is congested. The Hefei-Xi'an Railway (the Project) will mitigate bottlenecks for transportation of goods and passengers in the east-west direction. By interfacing with major national railway routes, the Project will help to improve traffic maneuverability and overall efficiency. The project railway will traverse the less developed areas in southwest Shaanxi, Henan, North Hubei, and northwest Anhui provinces. The project influence area with a total population of about 37 million is rich in natural resources but its development has lagged behind the coastal regions. The Project is expected to stimulate industrial and national resources development and help reduce the incidence fo rural poverty.

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 2006 Nov 27
Consulting Services
Consulting services for construction supervision and quality control, monitoring and evaluation of resettlement, and monitoring of environment management that are satisfactory to ADB have been engaged by MOR following Government procedures. These services will be financed by MOR from own resources. International consulting services for institutional strengthening of marketing and business development functions will be engaged in accordance with ADB's Guidelines on the Use of Consultants.
Contracts for civil works and equipment financed by the ADB are being procured in accordance with ADB's Guidelines for Procurement. Other items are procured following Government procedures. Advance action for procurement of ADB-financed civil works was approved on 13 March 2000.
Procurement and Consulting Notices


Concept Clearance 26 Mar 1999
Fact-finding 01 Dec 1999 to 18 Dec 1999
Management Review Meeting 13 Mar 2000
Approval 17 Aug 2000


Approval No. Approval Signing Effectivity Closing
Original Revised Actual
Loan 1748 17 Aug 2000 04 Dec 2000 02 Mar 2001 30 Dec 2005 31 Mar 2007 28 Jun 2007


Date Approval Number ADB (US$ thousand) Others (US$ thousand) Net Percentage
Cumulative Contract Awards
26 Apr 2015 Loan 1748 287,110 0 99.00%
Cumulative Disbursements
26 Apr 2015 Loan 1748 290,110 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 1748

Contacts and Update Details

Responsible ADB Officer Seok-Hyun Yoon (
Responsible ADB Department East Asia Department
Responsible ADB Divisions Transport and Communications Division, EARD
Executing Agencies Ministry of Railways
Mr. Liu Junfu


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