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Management Support for Dhaka Water Supply and Sewerage Authority :  Bangladesh

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TA Name Management Support for Dhaka Water Supply and Sewerage Authority
Country Bangladesh
TA Number 7001
Project Number 39405- 04
Source of Funding/Amount[Approved]
Technical Assistance Special Fund US$2.50  million
Thematic Classification Economic growth
Capacity Development
Description The overall expected impact of the Dhaka Water Supply Sector Development Program (DWSSDP) is to contribute to sustained economic growth and public health improvement, in urban water supply sector, particularly in Dhaka Metropolitan Area, through the improvement of living standard in the basic human needs by improving the water supply. The supply of clean water will impact on reduction in child mortality and improvement of general health, conversion to economic activity by saving time to fetch and to store water, and conservation of precious natural resources?the surface and ground water. The program and project loans are designed to complement each other in achieving progress in these key sector objectives.
Linkage to Country/Regional Strategy The National Poverty Reduction Strategy (NPRS) emphasized the need for safe water. One of the seven point strategic agenda of the NPRS is water and sanitation. The goal of NPRS is to reduce the number of people who do not have access to safe water (26%) by half and to reduce water pollution. Improvement of water supply infrastructure in urban areas and ensuring quality services have been identified as prerequisite for hygiene and nutrition and contributing factors towards poverty reduction by reducing health risks and creating employment. The NPRS also envisages introduction of water supply projects for all urban areas and water quality monitoring and surveillance. The water supply programs need to focus on provision of basic services as well as participation of private and public sectors in collaboration with strengthened local government institutions.

The Asian Development Bank (ADB) has been supporting the Government's efforts to ensure safe water supply to the urban population. ADB has supported six development projects for secondary towns in Bangladesh since the 1980s. The technical assistance project is to provide supports to the Government in achieving the national target through improving institutional framework and facilitating physical investments.
Outcome Progress Toward Outcome
Provision and sustainable operation of improved water supply services through rehabilitation and improvement of management and operation in the urban water supply institutions, particularly in Dhaka,
Outputs and Timeframe Status of Implementation Progress (Outputs, Activities and Issues)
Improved distribution system and quality control in DWASA (project component A) - Rehabilitated and strengthened distribution network
Strengthened DWASA capacity and institution (project component B) - Strengthened financial and operational management capacity of DWASA
Project management and implementation support (project component C) - PMU and management support adequate and operational
Improved distribution system and quality control in DWASA (project component A) - Improved water quality and monitoring system
Strengthened DWASA capacity and institutions (project component B) - Trained staff and resources for DWASA
Strengthened DWASA capacity and institution (project component B) - Demand control and public awareness
Project management and implementation support (project component C) - Feasibility study of the future water treatment plant completed and tender documents prepared
Geographical Location Dhaka
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  Environment B
  Resettlement B
  Indigenous People C
Summary of Environmental and Social Aspects
Environmental Aspects The Program is designed to maximize environmental and public health benefits. The Initial Environmental Examination and the environmental assessment of the policy matrix conducted for the Program show that net environmental benefits are positive and large. The main beneficiaries of the improved network are Dhaka City residents, who will be provided with a constant and pressurized supply of higher-quality water, which serves a large proportion of the population. This will improve the quality of life and raise standards of individual and public health as improvements in hygiene reduce diseases from poor sanitation. It also will result in social benefits from reduced time spent on water collection, increased time for productive and income-generating activities, and reduce expenditures on health care due to waterborne diseases.
Involuntary Resettlement The Project is designed to minimize land acquisition and resettlement by (i) continuing the practice in Dhaka of burying new water pipes in roads and avoid the need to acquire land, (ii) using trench-less technology where possible in relining pipes and installing new pipes to limit the excavation of trenches and reduce disturbance of residents and business, and (iii) locating new facilities (overhead reservoirs and chlorination units) on vacant government land wherever possible. Anticipated impacts are limited to (i) loss of income by shops and other businesses if trenches and excavated soil make access difficult for customers, (ii) loss of income by hawkers if they have to move from their normal location, and (iii) loss of land if some private land has to be acquired for some new overhead reservoirs. Losses of income are expected in minor roads, because work is allowed on major roads only at night when most businesses are closed to reduce traffic congestion. The overall impacts are to be minimized further through careful selection of sites and alignment during detailed design implementation. Resettlement plans are being prepared for subzones based on the framework. Resettlement plans will ensure that socioeconomic conditions, needs, and priorities of vulnerable groups are identified; and that land acquisition and resettlement does not disadvantage vulnerable groups. The resettlement plans are disclosed in the ADB website.
Indigenous People During program development and design, no impact on indigenous peoples were identified. The Program will result in environmental and public health benefits to the whole program population. The likelihood the Program affecting indigenous peoples is small. Any likely impacts are addressed by resettlement plans. Further, no permanent land acquisition is envisaged.
Responsible ADB Officer Manoj Sharma
Responsible ADB Department South Asia Department
Responsible ADB Division
Concept Clearance 25 Aug 2005
Fact-finding 15 May 2007 to 30 May 2007
Approval 10 Dec 2007
Financing Plan / TA Utilization Top TA Amount
ADB Others Gov Total Approved Amount Revised Amount
$2,500,000.00 $0.00 $625,000.00 $3,125,000.00 $2,500,000.00 $0.00
 Total Commitment Uncommited Balance Total Disbursement Undisbursed Balance
$967,838.53 $1,532,161.47 $967,838.53 $1,532,161.47
2008 Asian Development Bank

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