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Bangladesh: City Region Development Project

Sovereign (Public) Project | 39298-012 Status: Closed


Project Details

Project Officer
Fan, Mingyuan South Asia Department Request for information
  • Bangladesh
  • Water and other urban infrastructure and services
Project Name City Region Development Project
Project Number 39298-012
Country Bangladesh
Project Status Closed
Project Type / Modality of Assistance Technical Assistance
Source of Funding / Amount
TA 7231-BAN: City Region Development Project
Japan Special Fund US$ 1.40 million
Strategic Agendas Environmentally sustainable growth
Inclusive economic growth
Drivers of Change Governance and capacity development
Sector / Subsector

Energy / Energy efficiency and conservation

Transport / Urban roads and traffic management

Water and other urban infrastructure and services / Other urban services - Urban flood protection - Urban policy, institutional and capacity development - Urban sewerage - Urban water supply

Gender Equity and Mainstreaming No gender elements
Description TBD
Project Rationale and Linkage to Country/Regional Strategy

Urbanization and municipal services. Bangladesh has experienced increased urbanization since independence in 1972. The population growth in urban areas has been high at 6% per annum since independence, compared with total population growth at 2% per annum. Rapid urbanization has created growing demand for urban infrastructure and services. The development of urban infrastructure has not kept pace with rapid urbanization, causing an acute shortage in every urban service. Piped water is available in only one third of pourashavas (secondary towns), typically only for 2_4 hours per day. No urban areas have sewerage, with the exception of a very limited system in Dhaka. Drainage is underdeveloped and poorly maintained. During monsoon rains, roads and pathways become flooded, causing severe traffic congestion and risks to public health. As roads and bridges have insufficient capacity to meet growing traffic volume, traffic jams in city centers limit access to economic opportunities and social services. Rapid urbanization is largely attributed to immigration from rural areas. Immigrants compete for limited employment opportunities, and tend to be in low income group settling in urban slums without access to basic services.

Clustered cities. Through the urbanization, large cities and surrounding secondary towns have been agglomerating with close economic and social linkages, forming city regions. Industrial clusters are emerging in agglomerated cities, which have been a driving force of the national economic growth. The contribution of urban areas to the national gross domestic product grew from 26% in 1973 to 42% in 1999. However, lack of long-term vision, strategic planning and coordination among various public entities has been preventing the city regions from materializing their full economic growth potential. Capital investments have been often selected to meet supply-demand gaps, rather than to promote competitive industries based on strategic assessment of development potentials.

Competitiveness. Despite of recent expansion of certain industries such as readymade garment, Bangladesh is lagging behind in enhancing its competitiveness and promoting private sector activities. For example, Bangladesh is ranked 110th among 180 countries in the WB_s Doing Business Indicator in 2008. In particular, Bangladesh is one of the worst countries in terms of registering property and enforcing the contract. UNCTAD_s Word Investment Report showed that Bangladesh have not managed to attract foreign investment. Bangladesh is ranked 121st among 141 countries in the inward FDI performance index in 2007.

Flagship Study. In this view, ADB launched a flagship study _Inclusive Growth and Good Governance for Clustered Cities Development: Innovative interventions in South Asia_, under the second package of RETA 6337: Development Partnership Program for South Asia (the RETA). Roundtable discussions were held in 2008 with key stakeholders, who positively reacted to the new approach to the urban development in Bangladesh. The proposed PPTA will be built upon the conceptual framework to be developed under the RETA, and make a concrete program for capital investments and institutional developments to be funded under the ensuing City Region Development Project.

A city region comprises a large metropolitan city (City Corporation such as Dhaka, Chittagong and Khulna), secondary towns (Pourashavas) clustered nearby and adjacent areas. Intermediate results of the RETA showed that Dhaka is most competitive among the major cities in Bangladesh. Based on the final results of the ongoing RETA 6337 and initial assessments under the proposed PPTA, exact geographical coverage will be determined for the detailed studies in the project proposal and the ensuing Project.

Climate change impacts. Given that Bangladesh is one of the most vulnerable countries to climate change impacts, a PATA-BAN: Strengthening Resilience of Water Sector to Climate Change in Khulna (the PATA) is being prepared to assess the potential impacts and explore measures to adapt to and/or mitigate the impacts. The PPTA will be conducted with close collaboration with the PATA and incorporate the results in designing the ensuing Project.

Country Operations Business Plan (2009-2011) for Bangladesh lists the PPTA among the 2008 pipelines for non-lending products, and the ensuing project among the 2010 pipelines for lending products. Municipalities and other concerned agencies do not have sufficient capacity to formulate the detailed programs for the Project, and hence require ADB's support thought the PPTA.

Impact The impact of the Project is enhanced economic growth potential and improved quality of life in the target city region.
Project Outcome
Description of Outcome The outcome of the TA is a project design for the ensuing City Region Development Project, agreeable among the key stakeholders. The project design includes long term vision, priority investments, and institutional development programs to be funded under the Project.
Progress Toward Outcome
Implementation Progress
Description of Project Outputs The outputs of the TA are (i) Inception report, (ii) assessment reports of the current physical and institutional environments, (iii) proposal reports for physical and institutional improvements to be funded under the ensuing Project, and (iv) final report. The TA includes surveys on households and business entities.
Status of Implementation Progress (Outputs, Activities, and Issues)
Geographical Location A few selected city regions in Bangladesh
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 The draft assessments and proposals will be discussed extensively in consultations with key stakeholders, including the local government officials, elected leaders of municipalities, central government ministries and agencies (e.g. Local Government Division, Local Government Engineering Department, Roads and Highways Department and Ministry of Industries), citizen groups, professional associations and business groups (e.g. chamber of commerce). The proposals of priority investments will be consulted with the respective stakeholders of each project according to the ADB's safeguard guidelines.
During Project Implementation
Business Opportunities
Consulting Services The estimate requirement of consulting services is 34 person-months of international consultants and 42 person-months of national consultants. The required expertise includes urban planning, regional development, municipal governance, municipal infrastructure, economic and financial analysis, environmental and social safeguard, and energy audit. Most of the consultants will be engaged from a firm using the full technical proposal procedures based on quality- and cost-based selection method, in accordance with ADB's Guidelines on the use of Consultants (2007, as amended from time to time).
Responsible ADB Officer Fan, Mingyuan
Responsible ADB Department South Asia Department
Responsible ADB Division Urban Development and Water Division, SARD
Executing Agencies
Dhaka City Corporation
Md. Abdussalam
Segun Bagicha
Khulna City Corporation
Khulna City Corporation
Local Government Engineering Department
S.K. Amzad Hossain
Concept Clearance 13 Aug 2008
Fact Finding 26 Aug 2008 to 11 Sep 2008
Approval 29 Jan 2009
Last Review Mission -
PDS Creation Date 02 Sep 2008
Last PDS Update 28 Feb 2011

TA 7231-BAN

Approval Signing Date Effectivity Date Closing
Original Revised Actual
29 Jan 2009 19 Oct 2009 19 Oct 2009 31 Jul 2010 31 May 2011 -
Financing Plan/TA Utilization Cumulative Disbursements
ADB Cofinancing Counterpart Total Date Amount
Gov Beneficiaries Project Sponsor Others
1,400,000.00 0.00 350,000.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 1,750,000.00 29 Jan 2009 1,151,089.35

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Title Document Type Document Date
City Region Development Project: Final Report Consultants' Reports Sep 2010

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