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|Loan Name||Padma Multipurpose Bridge Design Project ( formerly Padma Multipurpose Bridge Engineering TA Loan)|
|Project Number||35049- 02|
|Source of Funding/Amount[Approved]||
|Sector/Subsector||Transport and ICT / Road Transport|
The southwest zone of Bangladesh is separated from other parts of the country, especially from the north central zone where the national capital of Dhaka is located, by the Padma river. Although there have been improvements and developments of the road network of the southwest zone, links with the rest of the country across the Padma river are still via ferries. Transport capacity of ferry services is very limited, and waiting time at ferry ghats is about one hour for buses/light vehicles and two hours for trucks. In addition, riverbanks of the Padma river are very unstable and the river width changes frequently, which results in approach ghats being temporarily depending on the seasons. Therefore, expansion of existing ferry terminals is difficult due to these unstable river conditions. Moreover, there is an urgent need to replace existing dangerous ferry/launch operations between Dhaka and the southwest region by more safety and reliable surface transport system. Overloaded vessels frequently sink in this waterway route passing through near the risky-prone zone of turbulent confluence of the Padma and Meghna rivers.
The social, economic and industrial underdevelopment of the southwest zone, which encompasses Bangladesh's second major port, Mongla, its third main city, Khulna, and the inland port at Benapole, is in part due to difficult access across the Padma river to the rest of the country. If a bridge to cross the Padma River is constructed, it will certainly strengthen the linkage between the southwest and north central zones. A highway bridge, in particular, will improve and enhance the freight and passenger transportation between Dhaka and major points in the southwest zone and contribute substantially to the regional development of the southwest zone as well as to national economic growth.
The TA Loan will assist the Government in preparing the detailed engineering documents and procurement of the Padma Bridge construction.
|Outcome||Progress Toward Outcome|
|Detailed design of the Padma bridge and other auxiliary works agreed by the Government and ADB||The Detailed Design reports were submitted by the Consultant in May 2010.|
|Outputs||Status of Implementation Progress (Outputs, Activities and Issues)|
Environmental impact assessment
Land acquisition plan
Disbursements has reached 100% of the loan amount and is ready to be closed on 31 Dec 2010, earlier than schedule.
The contract of Design Consultant needs to be extended to continue its assistance to BBA in preconstruction activities under the ensuing loan. For consistency, it is desirable that DC will continue to provide this assistance till procurement of civil works is substantially completed, which is expected to be in the second quarter or later.
There are nine studies and surveys that are ongoing. Of these, stage 2 geotechnical investigation for the main bridge has been delayed significantly. DC estimates that full completion of this geotechnical investigation would need a time period well into the 1st quarter 2011. Since the document is planned by early 2011, and in view of the tight budget situation, BBA needs to decide quickly on whether to continue stage 2 geotechnical investigations or not, in consultation with POE and CE.
|Geographical Location||The TA loan will facilitate project preparation to construct the Padma Bridge connecting the economically depressed southwest zone to the economically more advanced eastern zone of Bangladesh.|
|Stakeholder Communication, Participation and Consultation|
|During Project Design||tbd|
|Responsible ADB Officer||
|Responsible ADB Department||
South Asia Department
|Responsible ADB Division||
Transport and Communications Division, SARD
|Concept Clearance||31 Oct 2005|
|Fact-finding||24 Jun 2007 to 28 Jun 2007|
|Board Approval||05 Dec 2007|
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