Bhutan: Urban Infrastructure Project

Sovereign Project | 44240-012 Status:

Summary

The proposed Project follows the ongoing Urban Infrastructure Development Project (UIDP). The Government requested the urgent preparation of the proposed Project to ensure sustainable urban development in its two largest cities (Phuentsholing and Thimphu) and two large towns (Samdrup Jongkhar and Nanglam). The main basis for urban infrastructure investment are the Government's Structure Plan and Local Area Plan (LAP). These LAPs prioritize urban infrastructure requirements and provide tentative costs. The priority urban infrastructure identified by the LAPs require further technical, economic, financial, governance, poverty and social, and safeguards due diligence. Urban infrastructure should also integrate consultation, participation and awareness among beneficiaries; required capacity building for operations and maintenance; and further integrated urban planning. These warrant the project preparation technical assistance (PPTA).

Latest Project Documents

Title Date
Urban Infrastructure Project Jul 2003

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Project Name Urban Infrastructure Project
Project Number 44240-012
Country Bhutan
Project Status
Project Type / Modality of Assistance Technical Assistance
Source of Funding / Amount
TA 7630-BHU: Urban Infrastructure Project
Technical Assistance Special Fund US$ 600,000.00
Strategic Agendas Inclusive economic growth
Drivers of Change Governance and capacity development
Sector / Subsector

Transport - Urban roads and traffic management

Water and other urban infrastructure and services - Urban flood protection - Urban sanitation - Urban sewerage - Urban water supply

Gender Equity and Mainstreaming Effective gender mainstreaming
Description
Project Rationale and Linkage to Country/Regional Strategy The proposed Project follows the ongoing Urban Infrastructure Development Project (UIDP). The Government requested the urgent preparation of the proposed Project to ensure sustainable urban development in its two largest cities (Phuentsholing and Thimphu) and two large towns (Samdrup Jongkhar and Nanglam). The main basis for urban infrastructure investment are the Government's Structure Plan and Local Area Plan (LAP). These LAPs prioritize urban infrastructure requirements and provide tentative costs. The priority urban infrastructure identified by the LAPs require further technical, economic, financial, governance, poverty and social, and safeguards due diligence. Urban infrastructure should also integrate consultation, participation and awareness among beneficiaries; required capacity building for operations and maintenance; and further integrated urban planning. These warrant the project preparation technical assistance (PPTA).
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Progress Toward Outcome
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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
During Project Implementation International Institutional Development/Sector Specialist moblized in January 2011. The contract with a team of international and national consultants through a firm was signed on 27 May 2011, and experts were mobilized in June 2011. TA inception mission fielded in July 2011.

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Consulting Services

The Ministry of Works and Human Settlements (MOWHS) will be the executing agency for the PPTA, and will appoint a technical assistance director. The consultants will work closely with MOWHS including the existing project management unit under MOWHS' Department of Urban Development and Engineering Services and the two existing project implementation units in the Phuentsholing City Corporation and Thimphu City Corporation. The Project Steering Committee (PSC) for UIDP will serve as the proposed Project's PSC.

The Government will provide (i) all relevant documents, data, statistics, information, and maps that are available at the disposal of the Government; (ii) appropriate and qualified counterpart staff, including their field per diem and field transportation; (iii) vehicles for PPTA consultants fieldwork outside Thimphu; (iv) TA director from the executing agency, to be assigned before consultants' mobilization; (v) office accommodations and equipment, including desks and chairs, and local communications; (vi) logistical assistance for workshops and seminars, including the venue, and identifying and inviting participants; and (vii) utility costs. The Government will ensure that counterpart staff, particularly designated engineers from the executing and implementing agencies work with consultants full-time in the selection and design of subprojects (pre-feasibility stage).

Responsible Staff

Responsible ADB Officer Ricardo Carlos Barba
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 14 Sep 2010 to 16 Sep 2010
MRM -
Approval -
Last Review Mission -
Last PDS Update 01 Aug 2011

TA 7630-BHU

Milestones
Approval Signing Date Effectivity Date Closing
Original Revised Actual
29 Oct 2010 10 Dec 2010 10 Dec 2010 30 Oct 2011 - -
Financing Plan/TA Utilization Cumulative Disbursements
ADB Cofinancing Counterpart Total Date Amount
Gov Beneficiaries Project Sponsor Others
600,000.00 0.00 100,000.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 700,000.00 29 Oct 2010 552,869.64
Title Document Type Document Date
Urban Infrastructure Project Project/Program Completion Reports Jul 2003

Safeguard Documents See also: Safeguards

Safeguard documents provided at the time of project/facility approval may also be found in the list of linked documents provided with the Report and Recommendation of the President.

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