Project Data Sheet

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PDS Updated as of 29 Jul 2015

Project Name National Trade Corridor Highway Investment Program, Tranche 2
Country Pakistan
Project/Program Number 40075-033
Status Approved
Geographical Location Punjab/Khyber Pakhtunkhwa
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)
Regional integration (RCI)
Drivers of Change Governance and capacity development (GCD)
Gender Equity and Mainstreaming Categories Category 4: No gender elements (NGE)


Type/Modality of Assistance Approval Number Source of Funding Approved Amount (thousand)
Loan3121Ordinary capital resources200,000
Loan-Department for International Development72,400
Counterpart 38,000
TOTAL US$ 310,400

Safeguard Categories

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Environment A
Involuntary Resettlement A
Indigenous Peoples C

Summary of Environmental and Social Aspects

Environmental Aspects
Tranche 2 is a new alignment through areas that are sparsely populated, therefore an Environment Category A project; there are no protected areas in the vicinity with no significant or thick vegetation. The environmental impacts identified are largely concentrated in the construction phase, due to the sheer scale of the project, appropriate and specific mitigation measures.
Involuntary Resettlement
Project 2 is classified category A for the purposes of social safeguards including involuntary resettlement. About 9,000 households will be affected by the project , and the impacts vary from household to household, and primarily involve the acquisition of portions of agricultural land. Some residential lands will be affected, however all households will be able to relocate either on remaining land, or land within close proximity to the affected lands. The LARF has been updated, endorsed by NHA, cleared by ADB and has been disclosed/uploaded to the ADB and NHA websites. Three LARPs have been prepared in accordance with the approved updated LARF, the Land Acquisition Act of 1894 and ADB SPS, 2009. The resettlement planning was informed by a detailed independent land assessment study to ensure prices proposed for compensation approximate full replacement cost as required by SPS 2009.
Indigenous Peoples
There will no indigenous people in the project affected area.

Stakeholder Communication, Participation and Consultation

During Project Design
The consultation process will continue to share the latest development interventions in the project and take responses from the APs.
During Project Implementation
The consultation process will continue during project implementation.


The Project 2 (E35: Hasanabdal-Havellian Expressway) is part of national trade corridor. It will connect existing M1 at Hasanabadal to Havellian, and will further extend to Abbotabad and Mansehra to North. The Project is almost parallel with existing N5 which is being urbanized in many sections. Due to high traffic volume and deteriorated road condition, E35 is becoming necessary in order to improve the sub regional connectivity within Pakistan, and to China, Afghanistan and other central Asian countries.

Project Rationale and Linkage to Country/Regional Strategy

The proposed Project 2 is part of the Central Asia Regional Economic Cooperation (CAREC). It will be PAK Investment Project 119 under corridor 5 of updated CAREC. It will improve regional connectivity through improving linkages with the neighboring countries and developing inter-provincial linkages to improve sub-regional connectivity. The proposed project 2 will construct a north-south access controlled expressway system to link the northern area of the country to existing expressway network and lead to better connectivity within Pakistan, to China and Afghanistan and other central Asian countries. The Project 2 is part of the famous Karakoram Highway (KKH), which connects Kashgar of China to Abbottabad of Pakistan and extends to meet the Grand Trunk Road at Hassanabad, and it is also a part of ancient Silk Road. The Project is in line with the Country Partnership Strategy for 2009-2013 and is consistent with ADB s continuous supports on the NTCIP.

Development Impact

Efficiency gain for road traffic operation along the National Trade Corridor

Project Outcome

Description of Outcome
Improved regional network for movement of goods and people along E35 expressway
Progress Towards Outcome
2 Civil works contracts have been signed for the construction of 39 km road.

Outputs and Implementation Progress

Description of Project Outputs
Expressway connecting Hassanabdal and Sarai Saleh constructed and operational NHA's institutional capacity in social safeguards improved
Status of Implementation Progress (Outputs, Activities, and Issues)
2 Civil works contracts have been signed for the construction of 39 km road, and contractors have been mobilized. Social safeguards implementation is complied with the ADB s Safeguards Policy Statement. Recruitment of Social Safeguards Management Consultant (SSMC) has been completed.
Status of Development Objectives
Status of Operation / Construction
Material Changes

Business Opportunities

Date of First Listing 2011 Feb 23
Consulting Services
All consulting services financed under Tranche 2 will be procured in accordance with the Guidelines on The Use of Consultants by Asian Development Bank and Its Borrowers (2010, as amended from time to time).
Procurement of all civil works, equipment and goods will be undertaken in accordance with ADB's Procurement Guidelines (2010, as amended from time to time).
Procurement and Consulting Notices


Concept Clearance 28 Jul 2007
Management Review Meeting 25 Nov 2013


Approval No. Approval Signing Effectivity Closing
Original Revised Actual


Date Approval Number ADB (US$ thousand) Others (US$ thousand) Net Percentage
Cumulative Contract Awards
Cumulative Disbursements

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 3121 Satisfactory Satisfactory Satisfactory Satisfactory
Loan -

Contacts and Update Details

Responsible ADB Officer Jiangbo Ning (
Responsible ADB Department Central and West Asia Department
Responsible ADB Divisions Pakistan Resident Mission
Executing Agencies National Highway Authority


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