Bhutan: Urban Infrastructure Development Project
The Government of Bhutan requested the Asian Development Bank (ADB) to provide financial and technical assistance to improve urban infrastructure and services in Bhutan’s two largest cities, Thimphu and Phuentsholing, particularly in the cities’ newly expanded areas. The government also asked for support in developing Dagana, one of the regional centers not previously assisted under aid programs. The coverage of the project involved the improvement, upgrading, and extension of urban infrastructure and services in Thimphu and Phuentsholing, and one regional center, Dagana. The project had five components: (i) improvements in Thimphu’s water supply, wastewater treatment, solid waste management, and local area infrastructure development; (ii) enhancement of roads and footpaths, and social infrastructure in Phuentsholing; (iii) improvements in water supply, roads, and drainage and sanitation in Dagana; (iv) technical support through capacity building and training; and (v) project implementation support. There were two special features: (i) public awareness support and (ii) land pooling.
This report validates the completion report's assessment of the project. IED overall assessment: Successful.