$70 million grant improves road connectivity in Tajikistan
The Asian Development Bank (ADB) has approved a $70 million grant for a project to magnify regional economic cooperation and inclusive growth in Tajikistan by improving key roads, enhancing road safety and maintenance, and promoting local community development.
The project will rehabilitate and improve road safety and maintenance on about 88 kilometers (km) of the Sayron-Karamyk road section of CAREC Corridors 3 and 5, and 87 km of the subnetwork Vose-Khovaling road.
"Good roads are absolutely essential for the economic development of any country and region. They greatly contribute to enhancing regional cooperation and improving competitiveness of countries," said Zheng Wu, transport specialist at ADB's Central and West Asia Department.
"We expect that this project will also support social development and increase living standards of local people," he added.
The project will also improve about 30 km of village feeder roads in Vose and Khovaling districts, construct roadside rest areas for male and female vendors and travelers, and pilot solar energy installations for villages with winter electricity deficiencies.
Training on women's entrepreneurship and the maintenance of solar power facilities, as well as public campaigns for community road safety awareness will also be provided.
The Government of Tajikistan will provide counterpart funding of $19 million. The Ministry of Transport will be the executing agency for the project, which is due for completion in 2017.
Since 2001, a total of $869 million has been invested in transport, trade, and energy projects in Tajikistan through the CAREC Program.
(Photo credit: ADB)