47381-001: Mahaweli Water Security Investment Program | Asian Development Bank

Sri Lanka: Mahaweli Water Security Investment Program

Sovereign (Public) Project | 47381-001 Status: Active

The Asian Development Bank is working with Sri Lanka to deliver surplus water from the Mahaweli river basin to the dry zone region where 70% of rural dwellers depend on agriculture for their livelihoods. The program is building or upgrading more than 260 km of canals, reservoirs and other irrigation infrastructure to deliver water to areas suffering from regular water scarcity and drought.

Project Details

Project Officer
Gore, Lance W. South Asia Department Request for information
  • Sri Lanka
  • Loan
  • Agriculture, natural resources and rural development
Project Name Mahaweli Water Security Investment Program
Project Number 47381-001
Country Sri Lanka
Project Status Active
Project Type / Modality of Assistance Loan
Source of Funding / Amount
MFF Facility Concept 0088-SRI: Mahaweli Water Security Investment Program
Ordinary capital resources US$ 262.00 million
concessional ordinary capital resources lending / Asian Development Fund US$ 191.00 million
Strategic Agendas Environmentally sustainable growth
Inclusive economic growth
Drivers of Change Governance and capacity development
Knowledge solutions
Sector / Subsector

Agriculture, natural resources and rural development / Irrigation - Water-based natural resources management

Gender Equity and Mainstreaming No gender elements
Project Rationale and Linkage to Country/Regional Strategy
Project Outcome
Description of Outcome
Progress Toward Outcome Activities are ongoing.
Implementation Progress
Description of Project Outputs
Status of Implementation Progress (Outputs, Activities, and Issues) Activities are ongoing.
Geographical Location Dambulla, Elahera, Minipe
Summary of Environmental and Social Aspects
Environmental Aspects The first tranche of the investment program is categorized A for environment in accordance with ADB's Safeguard Policy Statement (2009). Individual environmental assessments have been undertaken for the three projects. Environment impact assessments for the NWPCP and UECP, each categorized A, and an initial environment examination for MLBCRP are prepared. Since the investment program is time-sliced and implementation of all three projects will begin under the first tranche, the environmental assessments cover the entire investment program. All subsequent tranches will also be categorized A for environment.
Involuntary Resettlement The first tranche of the investment program is categorized B for involuntary resettlement impacts, based on identified involuntary resettlement impacts of the separate projects: the NWPCP is category B, while the UECP and MLBCRP are both category C. The resettlement framework for the investment program guides the formulation of resettlement implementation plans for the first and subsequent tranches. A resettlement implementation plan was prepared to address the involuntary resettlement impacts of the NWPCP under the first tranche.
Indigenous Peoples The preliminary work that the mission carried out and the environmental impact assessment study of the project areas that the consultants engaged by the EA already carried out, did not identify any settlement of Indigenous Peoples communities in the project areas.
Stakeholder Communication, Participation, and Consultation
During Project Design The main stakeholders include Ministry of Mahaweli Development and Environment (MMDE), the Department of Irrigation and the Mahaweli Authority of Sri Lanka in the project provinces, the farmers in the command areas who are the end users of the irrigation water and beneficiaries, and approximately 194 project affected families in the entire MFF who will need to be relocated to accommodate the new canals for water transfer. The MMDE is responsible for the project design. The project affected families will participate through consultations in the resettlement planning exercise.
During Project Implementation The primary stakeholders comprising the Ministry of Mahaweli Development and Environment, the Department of Irrigation and the Mahaweli Authority of Sri Lanka are already involved with the technical design of the project with due consideration for minimally affecting human settlements and increasing the area of the elephant habitat that the humans have encroached upon. The project affected families including the poor and the excluded, will be involved in the project design with reference to developing a resettlement framework and the resettlement planning exercise.
Business Opportunities
Consulting Services All consulting services will be carried out using ADB's Consulting Guidelines. Advance contracting will be used. Individual consultants were recruited to undertake the PPTA.
Procurement All procurement activities will be carried out using ADB's Procurement Guidelines.
Responsible ADB Officer Gore, Lance W.
Responsible ADB Department South Asia Department
Responsible ADB Division Environment, Natural Resources & Agriculture Division, SARD
Executing Agencies
Ministry of Mahaweli Development & Environment
82, Sampathpaya, Rajamalwatte Road, Battaramulla, Sri Lanka
Concept Clearance -
Fact Finding -
Approval -
Last Review Mission -
Last PDS Update 25 Jul 2016

MFF Facility Concept 0088-SRI

Financing Plan Loan Utilization
Total (Amount in US$ million) Date ADB Others Net Percentage
Project Cost 561.00 Cumulative Contract Awards
ADB 453.00 - 0.00 0.00 %
Counterpart 108.00 Cumulative Disbursements
Cofinancing 0.00 - 0.00 0.00 %

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Tender Title Type Status Posting Date Deadline
SRI: Water Resources Development Investment Program Advance Notice Archived 23 Sep 2014

Contracts Awarded

No contracts awarded for this project were found

Procurement Plan