Bangladesh: Padma Multipurpose Bridge Design Project ( formerly Padma Multipurpose Bridge Engineering TA Loan)

Sovereign Project | 35049-023 Status: Closed


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Project Name Padma Multipurpose Bridge Design Project ( formerly Padma Multipurpose Bridge Engineering TA Loan)
Project Number 35049-023
Country Bangladesh
Project Status Closed
Project Type / Modality of Assistance Loan
Source of Funding / Amount
Loan 2375-BAN: Padma Multipurpose Bridge Design Project ( formerly Padma Multipurpose Bridge Engineering TA Loan)
Asian Development Fund US$ 17.60 million
Strategic Agendas Environmentally sustainable growth
Drivers of Change
Sector / Subsector

Transport - Road transport (non-urban)

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

Project Outcome

Description of Outcome
Progress Toward Outcome The Detailed Design reports were submitted by the Consultant in May 2010.
Implementation Progress
Description of Project Outputs
Status of Implementation Progress (Outputs, Activities, and Issues)

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.

Safeguard Categories

Environment C
Involuntary Resettlement C
Indigenous Peoples C

Summary of Environmental and Social Aspects

Environmental Aspects
Involuntary Resettlement
Indigenous Peoples
Stakeholder Communication, Participation, and Consultation
During Project Design tbd
During Project Implementation

Business Opportunities

Consulting Services

Shortlisting has been finalized.

An international consulting firm associated with domestic consulting firms will prepare scheme designs, conduct necessary technical studies, develop detailed engineering design and tender documents for the main bridge, approach roads, and the river training works, and assist JMBA in undertaking tender actions including contractors prequalification, preparation of selection criteria, tender evaluation, and final contract documentation. About 545 person-months of international and 399 person-months of domestic consulting services will be required for various experts.

The consulting firm will be recruited in accordance with the Guidelines on the Use of Consultants by Asian Development Bank and its Borrowers using the Quality-Based Selection (QBS) method and requesting full technical proposals.

Procurement none.

Responsible Staff

Responsible ADB Officer Hideaki Iwasaki
Responsible ADB Department South Asia Department
Responsible ADB Division Transport and Communications Division, SARD
Executing Agencies
Bangladesh Bridge Authority
Md. Rafiqul Islam
Setu Bhaban, New Airport Road, Banani, Dhaka 1212, Bangladesh


Concept Clearance 31 Oct 2005
Fact Finding 24 Jun 2007 to 28 Jun 2007
MRM 20 Jul 2007
Approval -
Last Review Mission -
PDS Creation Date 12 Sep 2008
Last PDS Update 19 Mar 2011

Loan 2375-BAN

Approval Signing Date Effectivity Date Closing
Original Revised Actual
05 Dec 2007 12 Dec 2007 25 Aug 2008 31 Aug 2010 31 Dec 2011 15 Dec 2010
Financing Plan Loan Utilization
Total (Amount in US$ million) Date ADB Others Net Percentage
Project Cost 22.00 Cumulative Contract Awards
ADB 17.60 05 Dec 2007 17.18 0.00 100%
Counterpart 4.40 Cumulative Disbursements
Cofinancing 0.00 05 Dec 2007 17.18 0.00 100%
Status of Covenants
Category Sector Safeguards Social Financial Economic Others
Rating - Satisfactory Satisfactory Satisfactory - Satisfactory

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