Bangladesh: Supporting the Establishment of the Khulna Water Supply and Sewerage Authority

Sovereign Project | 42171-022

Summary

Citizens in Khulna City have been suffering from severe shortage of safe water. Quality of water is also an issue due to salinity of the ground water. A preliminary feasibility study was conducted to develop a surface water treatment plant, though the investment has not materialized so far.

Recognizing the challenge, the Government of Bangladesh has recently approved establishment of the Khulna Water Supply and Sewerage Authority (KWASA). KWASA is the third Water Supply and Sewerage Authority (WASA) in the country, following the Dhaka WASA and the Chittagong WASA. The Khulna City Corporation was directly responsible for water supply in Khulna City, and now the assets and staff are being transferred to the KWASA. While the KWASA was established legally, substantial work is required to develop a modern water utility authority with proper corporate governance, organizational structure, human resource, and financial management system.

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Project Name Supporting the Establishment of the Khulna Water Supply and Sewerage Authority
Project Number 42171-022
Country Bangladesh
Project Status Closed
Project Type / Modality of Assistance Technical Assistance
Source of Funding / Amount
TA 7223-BAN: Supporting the Establishment of the Khulna Water Supply and Sewerage Authority
Technical Assistance Special Fund US$ 225,000.00
Strategic Agendas Environmentally sustainable growth
Inclusive economic growth
Drivers of Change Governance and capacity development
Sector / Subsector Water and other urban infrastructure and services - Urban water supply
Gender Equity and Mainstreaming No gender elements
Description
Project Rationale and Linkage to Country/Regional Strategy

Citizens in Khulna City have been suffering from severe shortage of safe water. Quality of water is also an issue due to salinity of the ground water. A preliminary feasibility study was conducted to develop a surface water treatment plant, though the investment has not materialized so far.

Recognizing the challenge, the Government of Bangladesh has recently approved establishment of the Khulna Water Supply and Sewerage Authority (KWASA). KWASA is the third Water Supply and Sewerage Authority (WASA) in the country, following the Dhaka WASA and the Chittagong WASA. The Khulna City Corporation was directly responsible for water supply in Khulna City, and now the assets and staff are being transferred to the KWASA. While the KWASA was established legally, substantial work is required to develop a modern water utility authority with proper corporate governance, organizational structure, human resource, and financial management system.

Country Operations Business Plan (2006-2010) for Bangladesh includes a Project Preparatory Technical Assistance in 2010 and a loan in 2011 to support the water supply project in Khulna. The Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) showed strong interest in co-financing the project. The support under the TA will pave the way for the ensuing project to be financed by ADB and JICA.

Impact Expanded access to safe water and improved sector governance in Khulna.
Project Outcome
Description of Outcome Establishment of essential frameworks of corporate governance and managerial systems of KWASA.
Progress Toward Outcome
Implementation Progress
Description of Project Outputs

The proposed S-PATA provides policy advice to the KWASA in establishing essential frameworks of corporate governance and utility management. In addition to the advisory services to KWASA, the consultants will assist ADB missions and provide technical inputs to the staff. The activities include:

(i) Conducting a diagnostic analysis,

(ii) Developing a policy matrix as road map of reform

(iii) Preparing institutional development plans

(iv) Supporting KWASA in recruiting staff and conducting training needs assessment

(v) Developing fundamental systems for utility management, and

(vi) Conducting a survey to examine potential customer base

Status of Implementation Progress (Outputs, Activities, and Issues)
Geographical Location Khulna
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 Three individual consultants and a national firm will be engaged in accordance with the ADB's Guidelines on the Use of Consultants (2007, and as amended from time to time).
Responsible ADB Officer Keiichi Tamaki
Responsible ADB Department South Asia Department
Responsible ADB Division Urban Development and Water Division, SARD
Executing Agencies
Khulna Water Supply and Sewerage AuthorityJ. HaiderKhulna Wasa Builing, Khulna City, Bangladesh
Timetable
Concept Clearance 19 Dec 2008
Fact Finding 10 Mar 2008 to 24 Mar 2008
MRM -
Approval 22 Dec 2008
Last Review Mission -
PDS Creation Date 16 Apr 2009
Last PDS Update 08 Oct 2010

TA 7223-BAN

Milestones
Approval Signing Date Effectivity Date Closing
Original Revised Actual
22 Dec 2008 - 22 Dec 2008 31 Jul 2009 30 Mar 2010 -
Financing Plan/TA Utilization Cumulative Disbursements
ADB Cofinancing Counterpart Total Date Amount
Gov Beneficiaries Project Sponsor Others
225,000.00 0.00 60,000.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 285,000.00 22 Dec 2008 216,926.81

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