Bangladesh: MFF - Railway Sector Investment Program (Subproject 1)

Sovereign Project | 32234-023 Status: Active

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Project Name MFF - Railway Sector Investment Program (Subproject 1)
Project Number 32234-023
Country Bangladesh
Project Status Active
Project Type / Modality of Assistance Loan
Source of Funding / Amount
Loan 2316-BAN: MFF - Railway Sector Investment Program (Subproject 1)
Ordinary capital resources US$ 100.00 million
Loan 2317-BAN: MFF - Railway Sector Investment Program (Subproject 1)
Asian Development Fund US$ 30.00 million
Strategic Agendas Inclusive economic growth
Drivers of Change Governance and capacity development
Sector / Subsector

Transport - Rail transport (non-urban)

Gender Equity and Mainstreaming No gender elements
Description
Project Rationale and Linkage to Country/Regional Strategy
Impact

Project Outcome

Description of Outcome
Progress Toward Outcome

L2316: Construction of the Tongi-Bhairab Bazar Double Track was awarded on 27 July 2011, and the project is now under implementation. The physical progress of the project is 99.71% as of 31 December 2015.

L2317: Contract for procurement of videoconferencing equipment and other software and hardware awarded in June 2015.

The actions as agreed upon in the reform program for BR are under implementation.

(1) Restructure BR by Lines of Business (LOB) - An outsourcing/divesture plan for non-core services has been developed and approved. Performance of LOBs being reviewed.

(2) Improve financial governance system - New Acctg and Financial Mgt system implemented in Oct 2013 through ERP software based on the new accounting architecture, although some components need to be upgraded to interface with existing IT systemts.

(3) Improve human resource governance system - Job description of the LOB Heads has already been approved on 22 Mar 2011. LOB Heads now working according to the job description. Additional modules of the ERP IT System are rolled out progressively and nationwide coverage of the system is under implementation.

(4) Improve BR operation and maintenance practices and performance - TA Consultants submitted reports to improve maintenance practices for track and signaling system in Feb 2008, rolling stock in May 2008, and improving train operations efficiency in May 2008 and April 2010. The reports were sent to respective departments to implement at field level. New manuals on New Signalling, Way and Works and LWR, and Operations have been approved. Completion report sent to ADB in July 2013.

Implementation Progress
Description of Project Outputs
Status of Implementation Progress (Outputs, Activities, and Issues)

Ongoing. 84.99% progress as of 30 September 2014.

Ongoing

Geographical Location

Summary of Environmental and Social Aspects

Environmental Aspects Transport, especially vehicle emission, is the highest contributor to Bangladesh s air pollution problems. Improving the railway network will contribute significantly to reducing air pollution associated with vehicle emission especially in Chittagong, Dhaka and Khulna. The other expected potential environmental impacts are related to improving access, which will lead to increasing uncontrolled exploitation of natural resources. However, the gradual improvement in enforcing the Environmental Conservation Act, 1995 is expected to minimize the potential uncontrolled exploitation of natural resources and the environment. Nonetheless, implementation of the Investment Program has environmental consequences due to its physical intervention such as construction of railway networks. In this context, the Investment Project is categorized as a B project in accordance with ADB s Environment Policy, 2002. The initial environmental examination of the sample subproject systematically illustrates the potential environmental impacts, proposed mitigation measures, and how to implement the mitigation measures. The assessment of impacts at the subproject level will become an integral part of managing the Investment Project. The initial environmental examination for the Tongi Bhairab Bazar (64 km) section (as a sample subproject) shows that the environmental impacts associated with construction of additional tracks and formation of additional embankment, including bridge construction, are temporary and will occur only during construction. These impacts require mitigation measures that are manageable and mostly can be incorporated into construction works. 16 Therefore, the environmental management and monitoring plan, which clearly describes the required mitigation measures, will be incorporated in the bidding document to ensure that the contractors implement the mitigation measures properly. The plan provides overall guidance to address environmental impacts related to the sample subproject. For the follow-up subprojects, an environmental assessment review framework was prepared to guide the impacts assessment procedure.
Involuntary Resettlement The Project will lead to loss of agricultural land and structures both commercial as well as residential, and loss of livelihoods in many cases. To mitigate this adverse impact on the affected population, a resettlement plan was prepared for the core subproject. To address the resettlement impacts of noncore subprojects, a resettlement framework was prepared. Subproject resettlement plans have been prepared during implementation.
Indigenous Peoples No indigenous people will be adversely affected by the Project.
Stakeholder Communication, Participation, and Consultation
During Project Design
During Project Implementation

Business Opportunities

Consulting Services International and national consultants will be required to support the reform and investment projects of the Investment Program. The consultants financed under the MFF loans will be engaged using ADB's quality- and cost-based selection procedures in accordance with ADB's Guidelines on the Use of Consultants. The Government has asked ADB to select the consultants.
Procurement All contracts will use international competitive bidding. Procurement will be in accordance with ADB's Procurement Guidelines.

Responsible Staff

Responsible ADB Officer Mohammad Islam
Responsible ADB Department South Asia Department
Responsible ADB Division Bangladesh Resident Mission
Executing Agencies
Bangladesh Railway (BR)
Md. ANM KHASRU
Rail Bhaban, Dhaka, Bangladesh

Timetable

Concept Clearance -
Fact Finding -
MRM -
Approval -
Last Review Mission -
PDS Creation Date 18 Mar 2008
Last PDS Update 30 Mar 2016

Loan 2316-BAN

Milestones
Approval Signing Date Effectivity Date Closing
Original Revised Actual
13 Feb 2007 15 Feb 2007 24 Apr 2007 30 Jun 2011 09 Oct 2016 -
Financing Plan Loan Utilization
Total (Amount in US$ million) Date ADB Others Net Percentage
Project Cost 132.50 Cumulative Contract Awards
ADB 100.00 13 Feb 2007 94.20 0.00 94%
Counterpart 32.50 Cumulative Disbursements
Cofinancing 0.00 13 Feb 2007 99.93 0.00 100%

Loan 2317-BAN

Milestones
Approval Signing Date Effectivity Date Closing
Original Revised Actual
13 Feb 2007 15 Feb 2007 24 Apr 2007 30 Jun 2011 09 Oct 2016 -
Financing Plan Loan Utilization
Total (Amount in US$ million) Date ADB Others Net Percentage
Project Cost 30.00 Cumulative Contract Awards
ADB 30.00 13 Feb 2007 29.07 0.00 98%
Counterpart 0.00 Cumulative Disbursements
Cofinancing 0.00 13 Feb 2007 20.71 0.00 70%
Title Document Type Document Date
Railway Sector Investment Program - Subproject 1: Procurement Plan Procurement Plans Oct 2014
Amendment to the Loan Agreement on Account of Reallocation of Loan Funds dated 02 Nov 2011 Loan Agreement (Ordinary Resources) Nov 2011
Railway Sector Investment Program Procurement Plans Aug 2011
Amendment to Rebate and Surcharge Provisions of Loan Agreement for Railway Sector Investment Program - Project 1 between People's Republic of Bangladesh and Asian Development Bank (1 Jul 2007) Loan Agreement (Ordinary Resources) Jul 2007
Amendment to the Loan Agreement for Railway Sector Investment Program - Reform Project between People's Republic of Bangladesh and Asian Development Bank (19 Jun 2007) Loan Agreement (Special Operations) Jun 2007
Amendment to the Loan Agreement for Railway Sector Investment Program - Project 1 between People's Republic of Bangladesh and Asian Development Bank (19 Jun 2007) Loan Agreement (Ordinary Resources) Jun 2007
Amendment to the Loan Agreement for Railway Sector Investment Program -- Project 1 between People's Republic of Bangladesh and Asian Development Bank (3 April 2007) Loan Agreement (Ordinary Resources) Apr 2007
Amendment to the Loan Agreement for Railway Sector Investment Program -- Reform Project between People's Republic of Bangladesh and Asian Development Bank (3 April 2007) Loan Agreement (Special Operations) Apr 2007
Loan Agreement for Railway Sector Investment Program -- Project 1 between People's Republic of Bangladesh and Asian Development Bank dated 15 February 2007 Loan Agreement (Ordinary Resources) Feb 2007
Loan Agreement for Railway Sector Investment Program -- Reform Project between People's Republic of Bangladesh and Asian Development Bank dated 15 February 2007 Loan Agreement (Special Operations) Feb 2007

Safeguard Documents See also: Safeguards

Safeguard documents provided at the time of project/facility approval may also be found in the list of linked documents provided with the Report and Recommendation of the President.

Title Document Type Document Date
Railway Sector Investment Program - Tranches 1, 2, and 3: Environmental Due Diligence Report Safeguards Due Diligence Reports Feb 2016
Bangladesh Railway Sector Improvement Project - Tongi-Bhairab Bazar Double Line Project: Sixth Semiannual Social Monitoring Report (January-June 2015) Social Monitoring Reports Aug 2015
Bangladesh Railway Sector Improvement Project - Tongi-Bhairab Bazar Double Line Project: Environmental Monitoring Report (January-June 2015) Environmental Monitoring Reports Jun 2015
RSIPR - Tongi-Bhairab Bazar Double Line Project: Final Interim Report on Updated Full Resettlement Plan Implementation (January-June 2014) Social Monitoring Reports Mar 2015
Bangladesh Railway Sector Improvement Project - Tongi-Bhairab Bazar Double Line: Fourth Semiannual Social Monitoring Report (January - June 2014) Social Monitoring Reports Jun 2014
Railway Sector Investment Program: Tongi-Bhairab Bazar Double Line Project: Environmental Monitoring Report (September 2013-June 2014) Environmental Monitoring Reports Jun 2014
Railway Sector Investment Program: Tongi-Bhairab Bazar Double Line Project: Annual Environmental Monitoring Report (August 2013) Environmental Monitoring Reports Aug 2013
Railway Sector Investment Program: Tongi-Bhairab Bazar Double Line Project: Social Monitoring Report (January-June 2013) Social Monitoring Reports Jun 2013
Railway Sector Investment Program: Tongi-Bhairab Bazar Double Line Project: Annual Environmental Monitoring Report (October 2012) Environmental Monitoring Reports Oct 2012
Railway Sector Investment Program: Tongi-Bhairab Bazar Double Line Subproject Resettlement Plans Aug 2011
Railway Sector Investment Program Summary Initial Environmental Examination Sep 2006
Railway Sector Investment Program Resettlement Frameworks Jun 2006

Evaluation Documents See also: Independent Evaluation

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