Bhutan: Urban Infrastructure Development

Sovereign Project | 38049-013

Summary

The objective of the project is to improve urban infrastructure and urban services management in the two cities Thimphu and Phuentsholing and Dagana Town, which will contribute to increasing the growth potential in these areas. The objective will be achieved by (i) improving urban infrastructure planning; (ii) constructing urban roads, drainage and other public infrastructure; (iii) increasing water treatment, supply, and sanitation coverage; (iv) enhancing community awareness on proper hygiene; and (v) providing capacity building trainings in urban facility management to staff of project cities and towns, and the Executing Agency (EA), Department of Urban Development and Engineering Services (DUDES) at Ministry of Works and Human Settlement (MoWHS)

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Title Document Date
Urban Infrastructure Development Project Dec 2012

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Project Name Urban Infrastructure Development
Project Number 38049-013
Country Bhutan
Project Status Approved
Project Type / Modality of Assistance Loan
Technical Assistance
Source of Funding / Amount
Loan 2258-BHU: Urban Infrastructure Development
Asian Development Fund US$ 24.60 million
TA 4844-BHU: Capacity Building for Urban Municipal Planning & Governance
Technical Assistance Special Fund US$ 250,000.00
Strategic Agendas Inclusive economic growth
Drivers of Change
Sector / Subsector

Transport - Urban roads and traffic management

Water and other urban infrastructure and services - Other urban services - Urban policy, institutional and capacity development - Urban sanitation - Urban sewerage - Urban solid waste management - Urban water supply

Gender Equity and Mainstreaming No gender elements
Description The objective of the project is to improve urban infrastructure and urban services management in the two cities Thimphu and Phuentsholing and Dagana Town, which will contribute to increasing the growth potential in these areas. The objective will be achieved by (i) improving urban infrastructure planning; (ii) constructing urban roads, drainage and other public infrastructure; (iii) increasing water treatment, supply, and sanitation coverage; (iv) enhancing community awareness on proper hygiene; and (v) providing capacity building trainings in urban facility management to staff of project cities and towns, and the Executing Agency (EA), Department of Urban Development and Engineering Services (DUDES) at Ministry of Works and Human Settlement (MoWHS)
Project Rationale and Linkage to Country/Regional Strategy The two largest cities in Bhutan, Thimphu ahd Phuentsholing are facing the full force of urban migration and urban sprawls generated from limited job opportunities in the rural areas. The task of absorbing 70,000 people expected to enter the labor market is quite challenging. The unemployment rate in the country is still 2 to 3%, but in urban areas, the rate is 4.1%; among those aged 15 to 19 years, the urban unemployment figure is as high as 10.9%. The Government is responding to the increase in urbanization by emphasizing great importance to the increase in the living standard of various parts of the country, "to ensure that the benefits of development are shared equitably between different income groups and regions and in ways that promotes social harmony, stability and unity and contribute to the development of a just and compassionate society." With this requirement in mind, the Government requested continued ADB assistance in improving the urban infrastructure and services needs in Thimphu and Phuentsholing, particularly in their respective newly expanded areas.
Impact Improved standard of living and sustained economic growth in Thimphu, Phuentsholing, and Dagana
Project Outcome
Description of Outcome Thimphu Municipality, Phuentsholing Municipality, and Dagana Town provide improved urban infrastructure and services to its residents
Progress Toward Outcome All of the works are physically completed in 2014. Infrastructures were put up to provide access to safe water, sanitation, improved solid waste collection to the intended beneficiaries.
Implementation Progress
Description of Project Outputs

1a. Water supply, sanitation, and solid waste management infrastructure is improved in Thimphu.

1b. Urban road and associated urban infrastructure improved in Thimphu Municipality

2. Urban roads and social infrastructure improved Phuentsholing Municipality

3a. Water supply and sanitation infrastructure is improved in Dagana Town

3b. Urban road and drainage improved in Dagana Town

4. Capacity strengthened for awareness in public hygiene and sanitation; project management and implementation is strengthened

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

1. Thimphu: All works completed. The staff training is being conducted to operate and maintain the plant.

2. Phuentsholing: All subprojects are completed and works packages are closed in Phuentsholing. Interventions have provided improvements in urban road network, junctions, footpaths, car parking spaces and social infrastructure within the city. The Phuentsholing Municipality has outsourced the operation and maintenance of car parking services to third party private service providers. The municipality has also handed over the management of the stadium and archery ground to the sports and recreation committee of Phuentsholing.

3. Dagana: The water supply civil works package is already complete. A sludge drying bed is also constructed and completed. The water tariff plan has just been recently approved by the Ministry of Finance.

4. Technical and Implementation Support: All components under the technical support outputs were successfully completed by 2012. This included the endorsement and implementation of the sanitation and hygiene strategy by Thimphu Thromde to improve awareness in public hygiene and sanitation.

Geographical Location
Safeguard Categories
Environment B
Involuntary Resettlement A
Indigenous Peoples C
Summary of Environmental and Social Aspects
Environmental Aspects
Involuntary Resettlement
Indigenous Peoples
Stakeholder Communication, Participation, and Consultation
During Project Design
During Project Implementation
Business Opportunities
Consulting Services All consultants under the Project will be recruited in accordance with Guidelines on the Use of Consultants by the Asian Development Bank and its Borrowers (April 2006). While Project Management Consultants (PMC) and Design Monitoring and Supervision Consultants will be recruited using quality and cost based selection method, for smaller packages and specialized consulting services under Component D of the Project, consultants may be selected and engaged using methods such as quality-based selection, consultants' qualifications selection single source selection, or procedures satisfactory to ADB for recruitment of national consultants. An international consulting firm (51 person-months of international and 179 person-months of domestic/national consulting services) will be engaged as PMC to assist the PMU in overall project management and implementation. Similarly, one international consulting firm (49 person-months of international and 68 person-months of national consulting services) will be engaged as DMSC to assist the PIUs in design, monitoring and supervision of contracts under the Project.
Procurement Procurement of all goods and services under the Project will be carried out in accordance with ADB's Procurement Guidelines (April 2006). All civil work contracts estimated to cost the equivalent of more than $1 million will be awarded on the basis of international competitive bidding procedures. Contracts estimated to cost less than $1million will be carried out using National Competititve Bidding or other procedures acceptable to ADB under its Procurement Guidelines. Procurement of goods will preferably be grouped into packages larger than $500,000 to be suitable for ICB procedures. Goods that cannot be grouped into large contracts and are estimated to cost less than $500,000 will follow ADB's Limited International Bidding procedures.
Responsible ADB Officer Keiichi Tamaki
Responsible ADB Department South Asia Department
Responsible ADB Division Urban Development and Water Division, SARD
Executing Agencies
Ministry of Works and Human Settlement (MoWHS)Mr. Rinchen Dorjirinchen@druknet.btPost Box #278
Thimphu
Bhutan
Timetable
Concept Clearance 30 Sep 2005
Fact Finding 17 Apr 2006 to 03 May 2006
MRM 07 Jun 2006
Approval 27 Sep 2006
Last Review Mission -
PDS Creation Date 06 Feb 2006
Last PDS Update 16 Mar 2015

Loan 2258-BHU

Milestones
Approval Signing Date Effectivity Date Closing
Original Revised Actual
27 Sep 2006 30 Oct 2006 31 Jan 2007 31 Dec 2012 31 Dec 2014 -
Financing Plan Loan Utilization
Total (Amount in US$ million) Date ADB Others Net Percentage
Project Cost 30.75 Cumulative Contract Awards
ADB 24.60 27 Sep 2006 23.85 0.00 94%
Counterpart 6.15 Cumulative Disbursements
Cofinancing 0.00 27 Sep 2006 23.56 0.00 93%
Status of Covenants
Category Sector Safeguards Social Financial Economic Others
Rating - - - - - Satisfactory

TA 4844-BHU

Milestones
Approval Signing Date Effectivity Date Closing
Original Revised Actual
27 Sep 2006 20 Dec 2006 20 Dec 2006 31 Dec 2008 31 Dec 2009 -
Financing Plan/TA Utilization Cumulative Disbursements
ADB Cofinancing Counterpart Total Date Amount
Gov Beneficiaries Project Sponsor Others
250,000.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 250,000.00 27 Sep 2006 212,954.20
Status of Covenants
Category Sector Safeguards Social Financial Economic Others
Rating - - - - - Satisfactory

Safeguard Documents

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Title Document Type Document Date
Urban Infrastructure Development Program: Environmental Monitoring Report (October 2012) Environmental Monitoring Reports Oct 2012
Urban Infrastructure Development Project Initial Environmental Examination Aug 2012
Urban Infrastructure Development Project: Draft Resettlement Plan for Land Pooling Related-works of Component A (Changbangdu LAP, Thimphu) Resettlement Plans Jan 2012
Urban Infrastructure Development Program Environmental Monitoring Reports Dec 2011
Urban Infrastructure Development Project: Resettlement Monitoring Report Social Monitoring Reports Dec 2011
Urban Infrastructure Development Project (Draft) Resettlement Plans Jun 2011
Urban Infrastructure Development Project: Resettlement Framework for Land Pooling Related-works of Component A (Thimphu) Resettlement Frameworks Nov 2010
Urban Infrastructure Development Project: Land Pooling Related-Works of Component A (Simtokha LAP, Thimphu) Resettlement Plans Nov 2010
Urban Infrastructure Development Project - Land Pooling Related-works of Component A (Lungtenphu Zones D and E, Thimphu) Resettlement Plans Aug 2010
Urban Infrastructure Development Project - Land Pooling Related-works of Component A (Lungtenphu Zones A, B, C and F Thimphu) Resettlement Plans Aug 2010
Urban Infrastructure Development Project in Bhutan:Component B (Phuentsholing) [Draft for Consultation] Resettlement Plans Jun 2006
Urban Infrastructure Development Project in Bhutan: Component A (Thimpu) [Draft for Consultation] Resettlement Plans Jun 2006
Urban Infrastructure Development Project in Bhutan: Draft Resettlement Framework Resettlement Plans Jun 2006
Urban Infrastructure Development Project in Bhutan: Resettlement Plan [Draft for Consultation] Resettlement Plans Jun 2006
Urban Infrastructure Development Project in Bhutan: Component C (Dagana) [Draft for Consultation] Resettlement Plans Jun 2006

Evaluation Documents

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