Bangladesh: SASEC Chittagong-Cox's Bazar Railway Project, Phase 1

Sovereign Project | 46452-002 Status: Proposed

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Project Name SASEC Chittagong-Cox's Bazar Railway Project, Phase 1
Project Number 46452-002
Country Bangladesh
Project Status Proposed
Project Type / Modality of Assistance Loan
Technical Assistance
Source of Funding / Amount
MFF Facility Concept: SASEC Chittagong-Cox's Bazar Railway Project, Phase 1
Asian Development Fund US$ 90.00 million
MFF Facility Concept: SASEC Railway Connectivity Investment Program
Ordinary capital resources US$ 1,410.00 million
TA: Capacity Development for Accessing Climate Mitigation Benefits
Technical Assistance Special Fund US$ 1.00 million
Strategic Agendas Environmentally sustainable growth
Inclusive economic growth
Regional integration
Drivers of Change Governance and capacity development
Sector / Subsector

Transport - Rail transport (non-urban) - Transport policies and institutional development

Gender Equity and Mainstreaming Effective gender mainstreaming
Description
Project Rationale and Linkage to Country/Regional Strategy
Impact
Outcome
Outputs
Geographical Location

Summary of Environmental and Social Aspects

Environmental Aspects

Studies to prepare this investment program will be undertaken by the TA loan and PPTA. The tasks include (i) assessing the environmental and social safeguard impact of the project, and (ii) preparing safeguard documentation for the project and review the safeguard categorization for the project. A resettlement framework, resettlement plans, an environmental assessment framework, an indigenous people framework and indigenous peoples plans, if required, will be prepared in accordance with the ADB's Safeguard Policy Statement (2009), government guidelines, regulations and policies. Estimates of emission reduction as a result of the investment program will be calculated and the potential for carbon-funding of subprojects under the Investment Program will be explored.

Estimates of emission reduction as a result of the investment program will be calculated and the potential for carbon-funding of subprojects under the Investment Program will be explored.

The Environment Expert will update and prepare (i) environmental categorization form and rapid environmental assessment checklist; and (ii) an environmental impact assessment (EIA) or initial environmental examination (IEE) in accordance with ADB's Safeguard Policy Statement (2009). The environmental considerations will require assessment of environmental improvement and/or emission reduction due to diversion of passenger and cargo traffic from roads to rail. The environmental analysis shall also include analysis of options for carbon financing for the subprojects.

Involuntary Resettlement

A resettlement framework, resettlement plans, an environmental assessment framework, an indigenous people framework and indigenous peoples plans, if required, will be prepared in accordance with the ADB's Safeguard Policy Statement (2009), government guidelines, regulations and policies.

The Resettlement Expert will prepare or update (i) involuntary resettlement (IR) screening and impact categorization checklists, (ii) indigenous peoples (IP) screening and categorization checklists. (iii) resettlement and indigenous peoples frameworks (iv) propose/design a mechanism for grievance redress in these frameworks as well as in safeguard plans, (v) undertake audit(s) of existing facilities, (vi) prepare resettlement plans (RP); and (vii) prepare indigenous peoples plans, if required, in accordance with ADB's Safeguard Policy Statement (2009), Government rules, regulations and policies and other related policies such as ADB's Public Communications Policy (2012). The scope shall include, but not be limited to, the following: (i) how the projects could avoid or reduce involuntary resettlement, (ii) the extent of physical and economic displacement expected, if any, by carrying 100% census of the displaced persons and preparing inventory of losses, (iii) whether indigenous peoples are present within or nearby the project areas, and if they will benefit from or be affected by the project, (iv) carry out meaningful consultations with all the stakeholders including displaced persons, and (v) recommend measures and organizational improvements in BR for implementation of the land acquisitions and RP and how to organize the monitoring and documentation of actions taken.

Indigenous Peoples

A poverty and social assessment will be prepared to assist in developing pro-poor design features, including issues related to participation, gender, labor, affordability, sexually transmitted diseases including HIV and other social risks. A mitigation plan will be prepared to address risks, if any, in compliance with ADB's Guidelines for Incorporation of Social Dimensions in Bank Operations (1994) and Handbook on Social Analysis (2007). The initial poverty and social assessment is in Appendix 4.

The Social Development Expert will prepare Poverty and Social Analysis (PSA) report in accordance with ADB's Handbook on Social Analysis (2007) and ADB's Poverty Handbook (2006). The scope shall include an in-depth social, poverty and gender analysis by providing a socioeconomic profile of the project influenced areas to assess local demand for the proposed investments, employment opportunities, child labor, gender specific capacity to take advantage of the likely socioeconomic opportunities that would result from the Project, HIV transmission and/or other health and safety risks, and to collect baseline data for monitoring social impacts.

Stakeholder Communication, Participation, and Consultation
During Project Design

The Projects will benefit the poor and the vulnerable by providing increased employment and market opportunities, improved means of transport and better access to social service facilities. In case any involuntary resettlement impacts are identified during the planning stage, these will also be mitigated through provisions in the Safeguard Policy Statement, national laws and policies. Most of the beneficiaries, especially the vulnerable and the women headed households, will be consulted during the resettlement planning stage and while conducting the poverty and social assessment.

The project will help improve peoples access to and use of opportunities, services, resources and assets which will further empower them. Throughout the project cycle meaningful consultations will be held with the project beneficiaries providing them information regarding the project design and implementation. This will further empower the communities. The project will benefit all socio economic categories as they can easily commute from one place to another.

There are civil society organizations working in the area of health, microfinance, social welfare in the project influence area. The civil society organizations will be consulted while preparing the resettlement planning documents and poverty and social assessment.

People from all the socio economic strata are meaningfully consulted during the preparatory phase. Community meetings and focus group discussions will be organized as part of the poverty and social analysis. The local consultative meetings will involve all relevant stakeholders including representatives of the poor and other socially excluded groups ( e.g., women, indigenous people, etc) to disseminate the information as well as to get the feedback about the project design and its potential impacts. Other key stakeholders such as the relevant line departments, local Government representatives and NGOs will also be consulted. Consultations will also be undertaken with the affected households and communities during the course of the census survey and socioeconomic survey for the preparation of the safeguards planning documents.

During Project Implementation Bangladesh Railway, various line departments, project beneficiaries, local communities in the project influence area, among others. The Projects will benefit the poor and the vulnerable by providing increased employment and market opportunities, improved means of transport and better access to social service facilities. In case any involuntary resettlement impacts are identified during the planning stage, these will also be mitigated through provisions in the Safeguard Policy Statement, national laws and policies. Most of the beneficiaries, especially the vulnerable and the women headed households, will be consulted during the resettlement planning stage and while conducting the poverty and social assessment.

Business Opportunities

Consulting Services An international consulting firm will be recruited by ADB according to its Guidelines on the Use of Consultants (2013, as amended from time to time). Consultants will be asked to submit simplified technical proposals, and the selection will be in accordance with ADB's quality- and cost-based selection method using a quality cost ratio of 90:10 due to the highly specialized knowledge in carbon financing for railways.
Procurement Procurement for contracts to be financed from the investment program will be carried out in accordance with ADB's Procurement Guidelines (2013, as amended from time to time). All contracts for civil works and procurement of goods will be procured through international competitive bidding procedures. ADB standard bidding documents for large works or plant (design, supply and install) with post qualification under the single-stage, two-envelope system will be adopted. Advance procurement action for civil works, goods and consulting services is proposed to enhance project readiness and ensure faster disbursement of the loan.

Responsible Staff

Responsible ADB Officer Markus Roesner
Responsible ADB Department South Asia Department
Responsible ADB Division Transport and Communications Division, SARD
Executing Agencies
Bangladesh Railway (BR)
Railway Div., Ministry of Communication
Rail Bhavan, Abdul Gani Road
Dhaka, Bangladesh

Timetable

Concept Clearance 17 Dec 2013
Fact Finding 31 Jan 2016 to 10 Feb 2016
MRM 01 Jun 2016
Approval -
Last Review Mission -
Last PDS Update 30 Mar 2016
Title Document Type Document Date
SASEC Railway Connectivity Investment Program Initial Poverty and Social Analysis Jan 2014

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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