Logo of Phnom Penh Post newspaper Phnom Penh Post - Road project ‘mishandled’

Road project ‘mishandled’

Traffic crawls along a section of unsurfaced National Road 1 on the outskirts of Phnom Penh earlier this month. An evaluation on the ADB road rehabilitation project states that it only achieved 64 per cent of the intended outcome.
Traffic crawls along a section of unsurfaced National Road 1 on the outskirts of Phnom Penh earlier this month. An evaluation on the ADB road rehabilitation project states that it only achieved 64 per cent of the intended outcome. Heng Chivoan

Road project ‘mishandled’

A seven-year, multimillion-dollar road rehabilitation project was rated “less than successful” in a report last week by the Asian Development Bank’s Independent Evaluation Department.

Costing $47.62 million, and funded by the ADB, the Australian government, the International Development Agency, the OPEC Fund for International Development and the Cambodian government, the project was intended to rehabilitate 1,200 kilometres of the Kingdom’s roads as well as establish the Road Asset Management Office (RAMO) under the Ministry of Public Works and Transport (MPWT).

The “envisaged outcome was that the MPWT would be able to plan and implement road asset management on its rehabilitated road network . . . and for the Ministry of Economy and Finance to budget accordingly”, according to the document.

However, the ADB’s independent review found that only 767 kilometres of road were maintained, achieving only 64 per cent of the intended outcome.

What’s more, the financial outlook of the newly established RAMO and road maintenance budget was judged to be tenuous, with the report noting that “without continued government budgetary support sufficient road maintenance could not be sustained”.

The performance of the borrower – the Cambodian government – was rated “less than satisfactory” on the grounds of insufficient “annual adequate budget allocation for road maintenance”, as well as for allocated funds not being used due to coordination problems, particularly between the MPWT and the Finance Ministry.

Multiple officials from the MPWT and the Finance Ministry could not be reached.

MOST VIEWED

  • Siem Reap drain canal now ‘mangrove’ promenade

    A more than half a kilometre long stretch of canal in Siem Reap has been covered and turned into a promenade to attract visitors, said Ly Rasmey, secretary of state at the Ministry of Land Management, Urban Planning and Construction, on September 16. The new pedestrianised

  • Angkor wildlife, aquarium park still to open October

    The Angkor Wildlife and Aquarium complex about 30km southeast of Siem Reap town with initial total investment of more than $70 million is reportedly still on track for an end-October opening. The park is located on a 100ha plot along National Road 6 in Kbon village, Khchas

  • Final verdicts for Khmer Rouge leaders ‘vital’ for next generation

    Nearly a decade after the commencement of Case 002/02 against Khieu Samphan back in 2014, the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia (ECCC) is now set to deliver its final verdict for the former Khmer Rouge head of state. The Supreme Court Chamber of the ECCC,

  • Typhoon Noru brings flash floods – 16 dead

    An official warned that that the 16th typhoon of the season, Noru, had brought heavy rains to areas the Mekong River and flooded thousands of homes in the provinces bordering Thailand. As of September 27, the death toll from the flooding had risen to 16. National Committee

  • Defence minister reaffirms Kingdom’s staunch support for One-China policy

    Minister of National Defence General Tea Banh has reaffirmed Cambodia’s unwavering support for the One-China policy. Tea Banh was speaking at the September 20 ceremonial handover of 117 vehicles and other military equipment donated by China’s defence ministry, held at Phnom Chumreay International Military Training

  • Deaths due to ‘lifestyle’ diseases rise in Kingdom

    The Ministry of Health has called on people to pay closer attention to their health to protect themselves from non-communicable diseases (NCDs) which it said have caused high rates of deaths in the country. Ministry secretary of state York Sambath made the call at a