Bhutan: Improved Urban Environmental Infrastructure Project

Sovereign Project | 42229-013

Summary

The PPTA will formulate prefeasibility proposals for all physical and non-physical investments in 9 towns. For Batch 1 towns, it will also (a) screen all viable technical options, (b) complete basic engineering designs for selected infrastructure subprojects, and (c) incorporate climate-proofing and water sensitive urban development elements.

In addition, the PPTA will cover:

(i) Governance assessment of the EA and proposed IAs covering financial management, anticorruption, policy and legal, capacity and other institutional issues and mechanisms.

(ii) Poverty reduction and social Impacts assessment, including identification of gender benefits and developing a Gender Action Plan (GAP) for the project.

(iii) Safeguards assessment and development of frameworks and plans for environmental, involuntary resettlement and indigenous people (if applicable).

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Project Name Improved Urban Environmental Infrastructure Project
Project Number 42229-013
Country Bhutan
Project Status Approved
Project Type / Modality of Assistance Technical Assistance
Source of Funding / Amount
TA 8551-BHU: Improved Urban Environmental Infrastructure Project
Technical Assistance Special Fund US$ 800,000.00
Strategic Agendas Environmentally sustainable growth
Inclusive economic growth
Regional integration
Drivers of Change Governance and capacity development
Sector / Subsector Water and other urban infrastructure and services - Other urban services - Urban water supply
Gender Equity and Mainstreaming Effective gender mainstreaming
Description

The PPTA will formulate prefeasibility proposals for all physical and non-physical investments in 9 towns. For Batch 1 towns, it will also (a) screen all viable technical options, (b) complete basic engineering designs for selected infrastructure subprojects, and (c) incorporate climate-proofing and water sensitive urban development elements.

In addition, the PPTA will cover:

(i) Governance assessment of the EA and proposed IAs covering financial management, anticorruption, policy and legal, capacity and other institutional issues and mechanisms.

(ii) Poverty reduction and social Impacts assessment, including identification of gender benefits and developing a Gender Action Plan (GAP) for the project.

(iii) Safeguards assessment and development of frameworks and plans for environmental, involuntary resettlement and indigenous people (if applicable).

Project Rationale and Linkage to Country/Regional Strategy The project promotes regional balanced growth and those that have been excluded in current development activities (especially in the east and central west of Bhutan) will directly benefit. Through enhancing urban services by improving the safety, reliability and quality of water supply, sanitation, urban roads and stormwater infrastructure (to manage floods), the citizens will have access to better and affordable services.
Impact
Project Outcome
Description of Outcome
Progress Toward Outcome
Implementation Progress
Description of Project Outputs
Status of Implementation Progress (Outputs, Activities, and Issues)
Geographical Location
Summary of Environmental and Social Aspects
Environmental Aspects
Involuntary Resettlement
Indigenous Peoples
Stakeholder Communication, Participation, and Consultation
During Project Design

Stakeholders include the residents of the proposed 9 towns, relevant central government agencies, local government agencies, community leaders/ representatives and organizations, non-governmental organizations and donors.

Workshops, focus group discussions and key informant interviews will be conducted with stakeholders with separate sessions amongst the poor and vulnerable. Information about the project will be provided and discussed in detail during these sessions.

During Project Implementation

Project scoping workshop has been conducted to finalize the towns that will be covered by the project and the scope of the project. The Project Team has agreed with the Government that the following will be taken into consideration in preparing the ensuing loan which is proposed to be approved in 2017:

1. Water and sanitation critical services and priority of the government, especially addressing water security

2. Integrated planning approach to be adopted (valley wide, urban catchment wide), where sectoral master plans are to be prepared and infrastructure requirements and investments to be derived from the plans

3. Explore PPP mechanisms for service delivery/ management for towns especially in Thimphu and Phuentsholing

4. Strengthening sustainability of the proposed urban centers through clustered approach management (i.e. creation of special purpose vehicles (SPV), performance based contracts to service providers etc).

5. Institutional strengthening and reform at the Ministry, Thromde and Dzongkhag levels to build capacity for future planning, design, implementation and monitoring of projects in the Country.

Business Opportunities
Consulting Services A firm will be engaged to undertake the necessary studies for this TA. The firm will provide 3 international experts for a total of 12.5 person-months, and an estimated 44 person-months of national expertise (9 consultants). The consulting firm will be engaged following the quality- and cost- based selection method, with a quality-cost ratio of 90:10 (due to the high complexity of the assignment and the impact of the expected outputs), using full technical proposal procedures. One additional international safeguards consultant will be engaged individually to supplement expertise (up to 3 person-months have been estimated). Procurement of all consultancy services used under the PPTA will be carried out in accordance with ADB's Guidelines on the Use of Consultants (2013, 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
Ministry of Works and Human Settlement (MoWHS)Post Box #278
Thimphu
Bhutan
Timetable
Concept Clearance -
Fact Finding -
MRM -
Approval 12 Dec 2013
Last Review Mission -
Last PDS Update 19 Aug 2015

TA 8551-BHU

Milestones
Approval Signing Date Effectivity Date Closing
Original Revised Actual
12 Dec 2013 09 Jan 2014 09 Jan 2014 30 Apr 2015 17 May 2016 -
Financing Plan/TA Utilization Cumulative Disbursements
ADB Cofinancing Counterpart Total Date Amount
Gov Beneficiaries Project Sponsor Others
800,000.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 800,000.00 12 Dec 2013 141,286.28

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