Bangladesh: Dhaka Environmentally Sustainable Water Supply Project

Sovereign Project | 42173-013 Status: Active


ADB is helping to expand the coverage and quality of water supply in Dhaka, Bangladesh’s fast-growing capital city. The project will include the development of a new raw water intake at the Meghna River - about 30 kilometers east of the city, a treatment plant at Gandharbpur capable of handling 500 million liters a day, transmission pipelines, and distribution network improvements.

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Project Name Dhaka Environmentally Sustainable Water Supply Project
Project Number 42173-013
Country Bangladesh
Project Status Active
Project Type / Modality of Assistance Loan
Source of Funding / Amount
Loan 3051-BAN: Dhaka Environmentally Sustainable Water Supply Project
Asian Development Fund US$ 250.00 million
Loan 8292-BAN: Dhaka Environmentally Sustainable Water Supply Project
Agence Francaise de Developpement US$ 64.00 million
Loan: Dhaka Environmentally Sustainable Water Supply Project
European Investment Bank US$ 136.00 million
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 Effective gender mainstreaming
Project Rationale and Linkage to Country/Regional Strategy

Project Outcome

Description of Outcome
Progress Toward Outcome Procurement of a design-build contract for intake, pipeline and water treatment plant ongoing. Civil works for improving distribution network is ongoing.
Implementation Progress
Description of Project Outputs
Status of Implementation Progress (Outputs, Activities, and Issues)

Procurement of a design-build contract for intake, pipeline and water treatment plant ongoing. Civil works for improving distribution network is ongoing.

Mobilized consultants: Management Supervision Consultants for distribution network improvement (DNI) mobilized; NGOs for DNI and Intake, Pipeline, and WTP. Mobilization expected soon for Management, Deisgn and Supervision (intake, pipeline, and WTP).

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Safeguard Categories

Environment B
Involuntary Resettlement A
Indigenous Peoples C

Summary of Environmental and Social Aspects

Environmental Aspects The project is category B for environment. Two initial environmental examinations (IEEs) with environmental management plans (EMPs), one for DNI and one for the new WTP with associated works, were prepared as part of the feasibility study in accordance with ADB's Safeguards Policy Statement (SPS, 2009) and government laws. The documents were disclosed on ADB's website and relevant information disclosed to project communities. The IEEs including EMPs will be updated and submitted to ADB for review and approval during detailed design. The IEEs concluded that no significant adverse environmental impacts are anticipated and any impacts will be mitigated through measures outlined in the EMPs. DWASA developed a sewerage master plan with two wastewater management projects, which will offset the incremental water supply caused by the project. The IEEs represent a single, unified document to ensure compliance with the rules and guidelines of ADB, AFD, EIB, and the government, and will be implemented as a single process regardless of the funding source. Consultant support will ensure that the PMU will have adequate capacity to manage environmental impacts. Environmental reporting to ADB will be done on a semi-annual basis. Consultation and public participation will continue throughout project implementation and any environmental grievances will be handled in accordance with the grievance redress mechanism developed for the project.
Involuntary Resettlement The project is category A for involuntary resettlement. For works related to output 1, a total of 192.4 acres of private land will be acquired and an additional 118.3 acres of government land will be needed to construct the intake facilities and a total 34.5 kilometers of raw and treated water transmission mains. The proposed WTP will use DWASA land. The land was acquired by DWASA in 1985 from the local land owners and currently is still under cultivation. A total of 3,451 households will be affected due to land acquisition and resettlement activities. 1,390 households will experience significant impacts in their livelihood either by physically being displaced or by losing more than 10% of their economic assets. In addition, about 1,600 agricultural laborers may lose their income temporarily. A draft resettlement plan was prepared to mitigate the land acquisition and resettlement impacts. Eight public consultations and numbers of small focus group discussions (FGDs) have been undertaken with the affected peoples on the purposes and benefits of the project's activities and the possible impacts to their livelihood and daily activities. Meaningful consultations will continue with communities throughout implementation. Qualified and reputed NGOs experienced with land acquisition and resettlement activities will be recruited to support DWASA to assist finalization and implementation of the resettlement plan, and to conduct community development, livelihood and income restoration program for severely affected and vulnerable households. An external monitoring agency will be recruited by DWASA to monitor and evaluate the implementation of the resettlement plan. A separate resettlement plan was prepared for output 2, to mitigate temporary impacts that may occur to the road side vendors and hawkers during the construction. No land acquisition will be required for this activity. A separate NGO and MSC will be recruited to support DWASA in updating and implementing the resettlement plan.
Indigenous Peoples The project is category C for indigenous peoples as the social impact assessment confirmed no ethnic minorities in the project sites.
Stakeholder Communication, Participation, and Consultation
During Project Design

The project will improve access to water supply for the low-income communities, and ensure participation of the poor and women in consultation, planning for resettlement work, site selection of community connection points, community awareness raising, hygiene education, and formation of community-based organizations (CBOs). A gender action plan (GAP) and consultation and participation plan have been prepared.

CBOs will be established and/or strengthened in low-income communities to enhance regularization of existing illegal connections and the introduction of new ones. Nongovernment organizations (NGOs) will be engaged to facilitate the participation of communities, including women and the poor.

During Project Implementation

The role of NGOs in the implementation and monitoring of the resettlement plan and the GAP has been incorporated. This includes awareness raising and community mobilization activities in low-income communities.

NGOs will be engaged to assist the smooth implementation of resettlement plans and the GAP, including organizing CBOs, providing training, disseminating information, and raising awareness to strengthen the participation of the public including the poor and women.

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Consulting Services

Consulting services will be engaged using ADB's Guidelines on the Use of Consultants (2013, as amended from time to time).

Management, design, and supervision consultants will be engaged for the Gandharbpur WTP and related works (from intake to injection point and distribution reinforcements) and management and supervision consultants will be engaged for DNI in zone 6. An estimated 591 person-months (all national) of NGOs will be provided to (i) assist the implementation of the resettlement plans, (ii) undertake awareness campaign programs on water conservation and hygiene education in zone 6, and (iii) supporting improved access to low income communities in zone 6. Three teams of NGOs will be recruited to support resettlement implementation in different project areas. Consulting firms and NGOs will be engaged using the quality- and cost-based selection (QCBS) method. Out of two consultancy packages and three NGO packages, a standard quality:cost ratio of 80:20 will be used for one consultancy package and two NGO packages, while the ratio of 90:10 will be used for one large management, design, and supervision consultancy package and large NGO package, both relating to construction of intake, WTP, and raw water transmission line.

Procurement All procurement of goods and civil works will follow ADB's Procurement Guidelines (2013, as amended from time to time). National competitive bidding will follow the government's Public Procurement Act, 2006 and Public Procurement Rules, 2008, with modifications and/or clarifications agreed between the government and ADB, as set out in the procurement plan. Since Asian Development Fund resources and cofinancing resources will be used to jointly finance an individual procurement package, universal procurement will apply to the jointly financed package only. ADB member country procurement eligibility restrictions will apply to other procurement packages financed solely by ADB.

Responsible Staff

Responsible ADB Officer Akira Matsunaga
Responsible ADB Department South Asia Department
Responsible ADB Division Urban Development and Water Division, SARD
Executing Agencies
Dhaka Water Supply and Sewerage Authority
98 Kazi Nazrul Islam Avenue,
Kawran Bazar,


Concept Clearance 21 Feb 2012
Fact Finding -
MRM 06 Aug 2013
Approval -
Last Review Mission -
Last PDS Update 21 Mar 2016

Loan 3051-BAN

Approval Signing Date Effectivity Date Closing
Original Revised Actual
22 Oct 2013 24 Apr 2014 23 Feb 2015 30 Jun 2020 - -
Financing Plan Loan Utilization
Total (Amount in US$ million) Date ADB Others Net Percentage
Project Cost 474.90 Cumulative Contract Awards
ADB 250.00 22 Oct 2013 51.48 0.00 22%
Counterpart 224.90 Cumulative Disbursements
Cofinancing 0.00 22 Oct 2013 11.39 0.00 5%

Loan 8292-BAN

Approval Signing Date Effectivity Date Closing
Original Revised Actual
17 Oct 2013 29 Jan 2015 29 Jan 2015 30 Nov 2020 - -
Financing Plan Loan Utilization
Total (Amount in US$ million) Date ADB Others Net Percentage
Project Cost 64.00 Cumulative Contract Awards
ADB 0.00 17 Oct 2013 0.00 0.00 0%
Counterpart 0.00 Cumulative Disbursements
Cofinancing 64.00 17 Oct 2013 0.00 0.00 0%

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