35087-013: Urban Water Supply and Sanitation

Project Data Sheet (PDS): Details


Description

The project objective is to improve the quality, reliability, and sustainability of WSS services in the towns of Agdash, Goychay, and Nakhchivan. This objective will be achieved through (i) construction of new optimally sized water supply and sanitation infrastructure and strategic rehabilitation of selected facilities; and (ii) establishment of new water utilities as open joint stock companies (JSCs), and creating in them operational and managerial capacity by engaging the services of an experienced international operator on the basis of a performance-based management contract.

Project Rationale and Linkage to Country/Regional Strategy

To be determined. In the adoption of the State Program for Poverty Reduction and Economic Development, the Government stated its intentions to improve the performance of municipal WSS systems. The Government s recent focus on the development of regional infrastructure, including the WSS, is in line with its general policy to support non-oil development, particularly the utilities sector Also, a State Program on Socio-Economic Development of the Regions was recently adopted, which includes the proposed Project in the three towns

Impact

Improved living and health conditions of the population in the project area

Project Outcome

Description of Outcome

Provision of safe, reliable, and sustainable water supply services in Agdash, Goychay, and Nakhchivan

Progress Towards Outcome

Water intake facilities constructed in three towsn. Water is being supplied to Nakhchivan. On completion of new networks under the Water Supply and Sanitation Investment Program, water will be supplied in Agdash and Goychay.

Implementation Progress

Description of Project Outputs

Constructed and rehabilitated water supply intake infrastructure Three new WSS utilities in the form of JSCs are established, and a foundation for their sustainable operations and management is instituted

Status of Operation/Construction or Implementation Progress

Water intake works were commissioned in Agdash (November 2009) and Goychay (January 2010). Water intake works in Nakhchivan are complete and the executing agency proposes to construct a water treatment plant, under the recently approved Azerbaijan Water and Sanitation Investment Program. JSCs in three towns were established in 2008.

Safeguard Categories

Environment: B
Involuntary Resettlement: C
Indigenous Peoples:

Summary of Environmental and Social Aspects

Initial environmental examination (IEE) was carried out for all subprojects and shows no significant adverse environmental impact. The IEE was approved by the Ministry of Ecology and Natural Resources of Azerbaijan.

Environmental Aspect
Initial environmental examination (IEE) was carried out for all subprojects and shows no significant adverse environmental impact. The IEE was approved by the Ministry of Ecology and Natural Resources of Azerbaijan.

Involuntary Resettlement
The Government will ensure and cause AzerSu to ensure that the construction of WSS services will be on the existing right-of-way or on state-owned land. The Project will not entail land acquisition from private ownership, and no persons will be adversely affected in terms of ADB's Involuntary Resettlement Policy (1995). In the event of unforeseen land acquisition from private ownership and/or resettlement, the Government and/or AzerSu will prepare and have necessary planning documents approved by ADB before award of civil works contracts, and implement any such resettlement measures in accordance with ADB's Involuntary Resettlement Policy (1995).

Indigenous Peoples
Most of the population in the project areas are Azeris; the Project will not affect any ethnic minority.

Stakeholder Participation and Consultation

During Project Design
Extensive public consultations took place during project preparation. As part of the Project s preparation a Social Assessment (SA) was undertaken between April 20th to June 15th 2003 to provide a picture of the existing user behaviour and needs, and to develop a participatory framework to ensure a sustainable water supply and sanitation project. The SA process included project household surveys; focus groups meeting; stakeholder consultation, and informal interviews with vulnerable groups and other members of the community to assess the realities of water. Public consultation to-date has played an important role in the preparation process to screen design options to minimize social and environmental impacts. Further public consultations will take place once the project begins, and within this process, the necessary documentation as needed for the consultative process will be made available in the Azeri language.

During Project Implementation
Consultations were held with Town Water Users' Association.



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Timetable

Fact-finding
24 May 2004 to 11 Jun 2004

Management Review Meeting
01 Jul 2004

Board Approval
07 Dec 2004

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