|Project Name||Padma Multipurpose Bridge Design Project (Supplementary Loan)|
|Project Type / Modality of Assistance||Loan
|Source of Funding / Amount||
|Strategic Agendas||Inclusive economic growth
|Drivers of Change||Governance and capacity development
|Sector / Subsector||
Transport - Road transport (non-urban)
|Gender Equity and Mainstreaming|
|Project Rationale and Linkage to Country/Regional Strategy||
The ongoing Padma Multipurpose Bridge Design Project is to develop the detailed design for the Padma bridge, which is one of the Bangladesh Government's top priority projects. The original TA loan for the Project was approved in Dec 2007 for Special Drawing Rights 11,179,000 ($17.6m equivalent). Apart from the initial delay to engage the design consultants, project implementation has been smooth with strong support from the Government and other development partners.
The ensuing investment project to construct the Padma bridge is included in the 2009-2011 country operations business plan for Bangladesh as a firm loan. Four major potential cofinanciers (ADB, IsDB, JICA, and WB) are involved in reviewing the Project's progress and developing the ensuing project.
The Project's cost overrun is mainly due to underestimation of the cost of the design consultant's inputs, including remuneration and cost of field surveys and studies.
The initial cost of the design consultant, arrived at by strictly following ADB's quality-based selection, was $2.3m higher than the estimate.
Since its mobilization in Feb 2009, the design consultant has carried out, as part of its terms of reference, a fresh assessment of the requirements for field surveys and studies to develop the detailed design. The original budget allocation under the design consultant's contract for these cost items is now considered to be grossly insufficient with a fund shortage of about $6.4m. Though the cost increase is significant, these surveys and studies are essential for preparing an engineering design with due consideration to economy, effectiveness, constructability, functionality, ease in operation and maintenance, and sustainability of the ensuing project.
The cost overrun, under the design consultant's contract, has been ongoing since January 2009. The Government requests that ADB continue to finance the cost overrun for the following reasons: (i) switching funding sources of an ongoing contract would disrupt the design consultant's activities, and may result in significant delay in completion of the detailed design; (ii) the Government does not have readily available funding to accommodate the identified cost increase; and (iii) without external financiers' involvement, lack of proper guidance in the appointment of specialized subconsultants to carry out the surveys and studies and the use of funds by the subconsultants could compromise the quality of these surveys and studies.
|Impact||Project preparation for an investment loan to construct the Padma bridge facilitated|
|Description of Outcome||Detailed design of the Padma bridge and other auxiliary works agreed by the Government and ADB|
|Progress Toward Outcome||Project fully disbursed and financially closed on 6 November 2012.|
|Description of Project Outputs||
Environmental impact assessment
Land acquisition plan
|Status of Implementation Progress (Outputs, Activities, and Issues)||
Detailed design of all the Padma Bridge components have been completed.
Project fully disbursed and financially closed on 6 November 2012.
|Geographical Location||The Padma Bridge separates the southwest zone of Bangladesh from other parts of the country, especially from the north central zone, where Dhaka is located.|
Summary of Environmental and Social Aspects
|Stakeholder Communication, Participation, and Consultation|
|During Project Design||tbd|
|During Project Implementation||tbd|
Three sets of consulting services were to be engaged under the original TA loan.
(i)_Design consultants. ADB conducted recruitment of the design consultants using quality-based selection up to the stage of technical ranking. The request for proposal was issued in March 2008, 6 months later than in the original plan. This was mostly due to additional time required to fine-tune the terms of reference (TOR). In July 2008, ADB provided BBA with the technical ranking. Contract negotiations began in September 2008 and concluded in January 2009. The design consultants were mobilized in February 2009, and have been producing deliverables in a timely manner.
(ii)_Checking engineers. The design consultants have developed outline TOR for the checking engineers, and BBA is starting the consultant recruitment processes. The engineers are expected to be appointed by January 2010.
(iii)_POE. Due to the higher costs for the design consultants, not enough loan financing remained to fund the POE when recruitment was to take place. The POE was to be appointed immediately after mobilizing the design consultants to guide BBA on various technical matters arising from the design consultants' study. The World Bank is currently financing the POE under a $3 million project preparatory facility. This change in funding sources has been processed separately as a change in implementation arrangements. The POE has been meeting monthly since early July 2009 to review and comment on deliverables by the design consultants.
|Procurement||None for civil works or equipment.|
|Responsible ADB Officer||Tawisook, Witoon|
|Responsible ADB Department||South Asia Department|
|Responsible ADB Division||Transport and Communications Division, SARD|
Bangladesh Bridge Authority
Md. Rafiqul Islam
Setu Bhaban, New Airport Road, Banani, Dhaka 1212, Bangladesh
|Concept Clearance||17 Aug 2009|
|Fact Finding||09 Mar 2009 to 22 Mar 2009|
|MRM||31 Aug 2009|
|Approval||02 Dec 2009|
|Last Review Mission||-|
|PDS Creation Date||24 Nov 2009|
|Last PDS Update||24 Jan 2013|
|Approval||Signing Date||Effectivity Date||Closing|
|02 Dec 2009||07 Dec 2009||23 Jun 2010||31 Aug 2011||31 Aug 2012||06 Nov 2012|
|Financing Plan||Loan Utilization|
|Total (Amount in US$ million)||Date||ADB||Others||Net Percentage|
|Project Cost||12.70||Cumulative Contract Awards|
|ADB||10.00||02 Dec 2009||9.72||0.00||99%|
|Cofinancing||1.50||02 Dec 2009||9.78||0.00||100%|
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|Title||Document Type||Document Date|
|Technical Assistance Loan Agreement (Special Operations) for Padma Multipurpose Bridge Design Project - Supplementary between People's Republic of Bangladesh and Asian Development Bank dated 7 December 2009||Loan Agreement (Special Operations)||Dec 2009|
|Project Agreement for Padma Multipurpose Bridge Design Project - Supplementary between Asian Development Bank and Bangladesh Bridge Authority dated 7 December 2009||Project/Program Agreements||Dec 2009|
|Proposed Supplementary Loan: Padma Multipurpose Bridge Design Project||Reports and Recommendations of the President||Nov 2009|
|Proposed Technical Assistance Loan Padma Multipurpose Bridge Design Project||Procurement Plans||Nov 2007|
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