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Padma Multipurpose Bridge Project :  Bangladesh

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Loan Name Padma Multipurpose Bridge Project
Country Bangladesh
Loan Number 2702/2701
Project Number 35049- 01
Source of Funding/Amount[Approved]
Asian Development Fund US$76.00  million
Ordinary Capital Resources US$539.00  million
Thematic Classification Economic growth
Capacity Development
Sector/Subsector Transport and ICT / Road Transport
Gender Mainstreaming Category Some gender benefits
Description The Project will build the first fixed crossing across the Padma River for road traffic comprising (a) a two-level steel truss composite bridge 6.15 km long, the top deck to accommodate a four-lane highway and the lower deck to accommodate a single-track railway to be added in the future; (b) 12.0 km of approach roads, 1.5 km on the Mawa side and 10.5 km on the Janjira side; (c) bridge-end facilities including toll plazas and service areas; and (d) river training with dredging and bank protection works, 1.5 km on the Mawa side and 12 km on the Janjira side, to regulate flow and prevent damage to the bridge structure. The Project will also have a component to develop cost-recovery mechanisms to ensure investment sustainability and to carry out institutional capacity building to ensure sustainable asset management.
Project Outcome
Outcome Progress Toward Outcome
Improved surface transport between Dhaka and the southwest zone of Bangladesh.
Implementation Progress
Outputs Status of Implementation Progress (Outputs, Activities and Issues)
1. First fixed crossing across the Padma River for road traffic
2. Cost recovery mechanisms to ensure investment sustainability
3. Institutional capacity for asset management
Geographical Location The Padma Bridge will connect the southwest region with the Dhaka capital region across the Padma Bridge at the Mawa-Jaujira Crossing Point.
Safeguard Categories Safeguard Categories explained (Launches new browser window)
  Environment A
  Resettlement A
  Indigenous People C
Summary of Environmental and Social Aspects
Environmental Aspects Considering that this is a large project involving significant changes in land use and impacts on wildlife, the project has been classified environmental category A in accordance with ADB's Safeguard Policy Statement (2009). To investigate the various environmental impacts in the project area, studies have included an (i) initial environmental examination of resettlement sites, (ii) environmental impact assessment (including environmental management and monitoring plan [EMMP]), (iii) environmental quality baseline monitoring survey, and (iv) ecological report. Further, climate change has been factored into the design of the project. The reports have been prepared in accordance with the requirements of ADB, JICA, and the World Bank. To ensure proper environmental impact monitoring, the baseline data provided in the environmental impact assessment report will be further verified and updated before the start of project implementation.

The EMMP and environmental codes of practice for 19 environmental issues have been developed to help minimize environmental impacts. These cover managing waste and hazardous materials, controlling erosion and sedimentation, and protecting fauna through such measures as timing and locating construction to avoid disturbing the migration and breeding of hilsa fish. Contractors will prepare further detailed construction environmental action plans (CEAPs) based on the EMMP and environmental codes of practice. The CEAPs will be contract documents used for monitoring by the construction supervision consultant and an independent external monitor. Quarterly and annual progress reports on the implementation of CEAPs will be submitted to ADB. The EMMP will be revised by the construction supervision consultant and contractors to reflect any changes in project components. Adequate budget provision has been made for implementing CEAPs and EMMP.
Involuntary Resettlement The project is classified involuntary resettlement category A and indigenous peoples category C in accordance with ADB's Safeguard Policy Statement (2009). A 100% census based on the detailed design identified 13,578 households that will suffer impacts on livelihoods and assets such as income from day labor, agricultural land, residential and commercial assets, and trees. Of this number, 3,886 will be physically displaced and 9,692 will be economically displaced. A resettlement framework and three separate resettlement action plans have been prepared based on ADB's Safeguard Policy Statement and other cofinanciers' safeguard polices to address all losses. The complete details of compensation rates for the loss of assets, development of resettlement sites, shifting and transitional assistance, and other income-restoration assistance, including additional support for vulnerable groups, are in the entitlement matrixes of the resettlement action plans. Four resettlement sites are being developed for displaced households. BBA will provide sufficient funds for the timely implementation of resettlement and social action plans.
Indigenous People No impact on indigenous people is envisaged.
Stakeholder Communication, Participation and Consultation
During Project Design Public consultation began in the project area in 1999 as part of the first pre-feasibility study and continued throughout project preparation. Surveyed households perceive the socioeconomic benefits of the project as (i) improved access to socioeconomic services, (ii) increased employment opportunities, and (iii) improved transport services that will reduce poverty in the region. A public consultation and participation plan has been developed for project implementation to ensure that adequate and timely information is made available to the affected people.
During Project Implementation tbd
Responsible ADB Officer Witoon Tawisook
Hideaki Iwasaki
Responsible ADB Department South Asia Department
Responsible ADB Division Transport and Communications Division, SARD
Concept Clearance 16 Apr 2010
Fact-finding 13 Jun 2010 to 16 Jun 2010
Appraisal 29 Aug 2010 to 02 Sep 2010
Board Approval 25 Nov 2010
  2702 : Padma Multipurpose Bridge Project
  2701 : Padma Multipurpose Bridge Project
2008 Asian Development Bank

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