Project Name Chattogram Hill Tracts Inclusive and Resilient Urban Water Supply and Sanitation Project
Project Number 51296-002
Country / Economy Bangladesh
Project Status Active
Project Type / Modality of Assistance Loan
Source of Funding / Amount
Loan 4366-BAN: Chattogram Hill Tracts Inclusive and Resilient Urban Water Supply and Sanitation Project
Concessional ordinary capital resources lending US$ 90.00 million
Operational Priorities OP1: Addressing remaining poverty and reducing inequalities
OP2: Accelerating progress in gender equality
OP3: Tackling climate change, building climate and disaster resilience, and enhancing environmental sustainability
OP4: Making cities more livable
OP6: Strengthening governance and institutional capacity
Sector / Subsector

Water and other urban infrastructure and services / Urban policy, institutional and capacity development - Urban sanitation - Urban solid waste management - Urban water supply

Gender Gender equity theme
Description The project will provide safely managed, inclusive and resilient drinking water, sanitation, and solid waste management (SWM) services in Bandarban, Lama, and Rangamati towns in the Chattogram Hill Tracts (CHT) area of Bangladesh and improve projects design quality and readiness in other towns and economic zones for future water sector investments. It will (i) adopt climate-resilient and gender equality and social inclusion (GESI) designs, (ii) improve institutional capacity, and (iii) promote behavioral change to maximize project impact and sustainability.
Project Rationale and Linkage to Country/Regional Strategy

The CHT region in southeast Bangladesh comprises a mostly hilly area of about 10% of the country's territory (13,294 square kilometers) across three districts (Bandarban, Khagrachari, and Rangamati). The region is one of the country's most disadvantaged and least developed areas. Around 50% of CHT population belongs to 11 different small ethnic communities. People living in project towns are 54,000 in Bandarban, 27,100 in Lama (Bandarban district), and 107,500 in Rangamati and suffer from inferior urban services compared to the country's average. Less than a third of their population has access to piped water supply, which is intermittent and unsafe. Sanitation and SWM services are also insufficient because of poor containment, collection, and treatment infrastructure. Almost 100% of fecal waste or wastewater and 90% of solid waste end up in the environment with no treatment or stagnate in proximity to urban dwellings creating unsanitary conditions.

The project will build on previous interventions in Bandarban and Rangamati pourashavas under the Third Urban Governance and Infrastructure Improvement (Sector) Project, which improved (i) road and drainage infrastructure, (ii) urban planning capacity through establishing town planning unit and preparing master plans, and (iii) governance by creating town and ward level coordination committees, and information and grievance redress cells.

The Eight Five Year Plan and the Perspective Plan 2041 of the Government of Bangladesh recognize the need to provide sustainable and resilient urban infrastructure to sustain the economic growth and address poverty and equality issues, especially in the CHT. The Plans explicitly refer to heavy investments in critical urban services like water supply, drainage sanitation and waste management, and identifies CHT as one of the priority regions. The project will be also aligned with the National Strategy for Water Supply and Sanitation (2014), and National Action Plan on Institutional and Regulatory Framework for Fecal Sludge Management (2020), which set key principles, responsibilities and regulations for the water supply and sanitation sector.

The project will incorporate the following lessons from ADB's previous urban development and water operations in Bangladesh: (i) apply a holistic multisector approach to maximize investments effectiveness, efficiency, and sustainability; (ii) adopt disaster- and climate-resilient designs; (iii) strengthen governance and local government capacity in sustainable O&M; (iv) ensure high quality and readiness at entry to minimize implementation delays; (v) promote behavioral change and strong community commitment and awareness for sustainable outcomes; and (vi) mainstream GESI dimensions based on GESI action plans implementation experience.

Impact

Access for all to adequate, safe, and affordable basic services including water, sanitation, and waste management ensured (Eighth Five Year Plan 2021-2025)

Project Outcome
Description of Outcome

Access to safely managed, inclusive, and resilient drinking water supply, sanitation, and SWM services improved in the project area.

Progress Toward Outcome
Implementation Progress
Description of Project Outputs

Climate-resilient and inclusive drinking water supply, sanitation, and SWM infrastructure developed and/or upgraded.

Capacity, governance, and awareness of institutions and local communities in climate-resilient, sustainable, and inclusive urban services strengthened.

Quality, readiness, and resilience of water supply and sanitation projects in Cumilla and Ishwardi clusters, economic zones, Khagrachari pourashava, and coastal towns improved.

Status of Implementation Progress (Outputs, Activities, and Issues) Out of total 6 WTP packages, 3 are under bid evaluation review while 3 are expected to be published (IFB) by Q2 2024. Out of 6 distribution network packages, 3 are under evaluation review while 3 are expected to be published (IFB) by Q2 2024.All 3 transmission packages are under bid evaluation review. The Integrated WTP packages for Bandarban and Lama packages are expected to be published (IFB) in Q1 2025 and Q3 2025 respectively. The recruitment of (i) project management and supervision consultants, (ii) community capacity building consultant, and (iii) consultant for detailed engineering design for water supply and sanitation for Cumilla, Ishwardi cluster towns and economic zones, and Khagrachari town are in progress, and mobilization are expected by Q2 2024, Q4 2024, and Q3 2024 respectively. The procurement activities for (i) supply of vehicles for safe collection and transfer of fecal sludge, and (ii) supply of sanitation and solid waste collection vehicle (with GPS), household and community bins are expected to be initiated by Q1 2026.
Geographical Location Nation-wide, Bandarban, Lama, Rangamati
Safeguard Categories
Environment B
Involuntary Resettlement B
Indigenous Peoples B
Summary of Environmental and Social Aspects
Environmental Aspects
Involuntary Resettlement
Indigenous Peoples
Stakeholder Communication, Participation, and Consultation
During Project Design
During Project Implementation
Business Opportunities
Consulting Services A project management unit (PMU) will be established in DPHE for overall project management and implementation. A project implementation unit in each pourashava and HDC will be responsible for project implementation at the local level with support from PMU.20.A project management unit (PMU) will be established in DPHE for overall project management and implementation. A project implementation unit in each pourashava and HDC will be responsible for project implementation at the local level with support from PMU.
Procurement A project management unit (PMU) will be established in DPHE for overall project management and implementation. A project implementation unit in each pourashava and HDC will be responsible for project implementation at the local level with support from PMU.
Responsible ADB Officer Morsheda, Elma
Responsible ADB Department Sectors Group
Responsible ADB Division Water and Urban Development Sector Office (SG-WUD)
Executing Agencies
Department of Public Health Engineering
Timetable
Concept Clearance 26 Nov 2021
Fact Finding 01 Apr 2022 to 13 Apr 2022
MRM 07 Jul 2022
Approval 26 Oct 2023
Last Review Mission -
Last PDS Update 27 Mar 2024

Loan 4366-BAN

Milestones
Approval Signing Date Effectivity Date Closing
Original Revised Actual
26 Oct 2023 28 Nov 2023 18 Dec 2023 31 Dec 2030 - -
Financing Plan Loan Utilization
Total (Amount in US$ million) Date ADB Others Net Percentage
Project Cost 109.30 Cumulative Contract Awards
ADB 90.00 27 Mar 2024 0.00 0.00 0%
Counterpart 19.30 Cumulative Disbursements
Cofinancing 0.00 27 Mar 2024 0.00 0.00 0%
 
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