Bhutan: Urban Infrastructure Development

Sovereign Project | 38049-012 Status: Archived

Project Details

Project Officer
Ueda, Tomoo South Asia Department Request for information
  • Bhutan
  • Technical Assistance
  • Water and other urban infrastructure and services
Project Name Urban Infrastructure Development
Project Number 38049-012
Country Bhutan
Project Status Closed
Project Type / Modality of Assistance Technical Assistance
Source of Funding / Amount
TA 4533-BHU: Urban Infrastructure Development
Japan Special Fund US$ 600,000.00
Strategic Agendas Environmentally sustainable growth
Inclusive economic growth
Drivers of Change Governance and capacity development
Knowledge solutions
Sector / Subsector

Water and other urban infrastructure and services - Urban policy, institutional and capacity development

Gender Equity and Mainstreaming
Description The purpose of the PPTA is to prepare an investment project for Urban Infrastructure Development in Bhutan. The Project is expected to include the following as main components: i) immediate and medium-term needs assessment of urban environment through improvement in urban infrastructure of newly expanded areas of Thimphu, Phuentsholing and some regional center cities; ii) preparation of investment package with financing, policy issues and safeguard aspects; iii) promotion of effective and sustainable management of urban services (urban access road, water, sanitation, river training, urban facilities, etc.); iv) evaluation for city/municipal development fund, capacity of institutional and human resources for such mechanism; v) sector analysis including linkage assessment among urban infrastructure, economic growth and urban migration trends; and vi) review of other ODA assistance in the sector. The Project will be prepared using community participation, including women's groups, and involving wherever feasible and appropriate, implementation through government agencies, municipalities and community-based groups. Overall objective of the ensuing loan is to (1) reduce urban poverty, improve community health and prevent environmental degradation in the selected project municipalities by improving water supply, sanitation, solid waste management and roads for low-income communities; and (2) ensure sustainability of urban investments by strengthening institutional capacities and financial revenue for strategically important regional centers.
Project Rationale and Linkage to Country/Regional Strategy

Project Outcome

Description of Outcome
Progress Toward Outcome
Implementation Progress
Description of Project Outputs
Status of Implementation Progress (Outputs, Activities, and Issues)
Geographical Location

Safeguard Categories

Environment B
Involuntary Resettlement
Indigenous Peoples

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 It is currently envisaged that approximately total 20 person-months of international consultant (including civil engineers (water/sanitation, urban roads/bridges), environment, economist/financial, safeguard/poverty reduction specialist) and total 20 person-months of domestic consultants (including legal, civil engineers, etc) inputs. The project requires that most consultant team members will stay in Bhutan continuously, especially the Team Leader.

Responsible Staff

Responsible ADB Officer Ueda, Tomoo
Responsible ADB Department South Asia Department
Responsible ADB Division Urban Development and Water Division, SARD
Executing Agencies
Ministry of Works and Human Settlement (MoWHS)
Mr. Tshering Dorji, Secretary
Post Box #278 Thimphu Bhutan


Concept Clearance 09 Mar 2004
Fact Finding 06 Sep 2004 to 12 Sep 2004
Approval 23 Dec 2004
Last Review Mission -
PDS Creation Date 01 Dec 2006
Last PDS Update 02 Jul 2006

TA 4533-BHU

Approval Signing Date Effectivity Date Closing
Original Revised Actual
23 Dec 2004 17 Jan 2005 17 Jan 2005 31 Oct 2005 30 Sep 2006 -
Financing Plan/TA Utilization Cumulative Disbursements
ADB Cofinancing Counterpart Total Date Amount
Gov Beneficiaries Project Sponsor Others
600,000.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 600,000.00 23 Dec 2004 504,202.29

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Title Document Type Document Date
Preparing the Urban Infrastructure Development Project (JSF) Technical Assistance Reports Jan 2005

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