Bangladesh: Sustainable Rural Infrastructure Improvement Project

Sovereign Project | 40515-013 Status: Active
 
Project Name Sustainable Rural Infrastructure Improvement Project
Project Number 40515-013
Country Bangladesh
Project Status Active
Project Type / Modality of Assistance Loan
Source of Funding / Amount
Loan 2696-BAN: Sustainable Rural Infrastructure Improvement Project
concessional ordinary capital resources lending / Asian Development Fund US$ 60.00 million
Strategic Agendas Environmentally sustainable growth
Inclusive economic growth
Drivers of Change Governance and capacity development
Partnerships
Sector / Subsector

Agriculture, natural resources and rural development - Agricultural policy, institutional and capacity development

Gender Equity and Mainstreaming Gender equity
Description
Project Rationale and Linkage to Country/Regional Strategy
Impact

Project Outcome

Description of Outcome
Progress Toward Outcome

# Package 1 (Design and Supervision Consulting Service): Contract is signed with Euroconsult Mott MacDonald (Netherlands) in association with SODEV Consult (Bangladesh), Associates for Development Services Limited (ADSL) (Bangladesh) and Desh Upodesh Limited (Bangladesh) on 26 May 2012.

# Package 2 (Institutional Support and Monitoring Consulting Service) : Contract is signed with Hifab International AB(Sweden) in Joint Venture with Resource Planning and Management Consultants Ltd (Bangladesh) and Environment, Agriculture and Development Services Ltd. (Bangladesh) on 26 May 2012.

# Improvement of Roads/GCM: Total 269 civil works packages (Road 138 no., Bridge 31 no., GCM 30 No. and Tree Plantation 70). 82 Civil packages had been awarded as of 30 March 2014. Contract for 269 civil works packages have been awarded till December 2016. Out of 269, 100% civil works of total 138 no. packages have been completed by February 2017. Overall physical progress is 87% by the end of February 2017.

Implementation Progress
Description of Project Outputs
Status of Implementation Progress (Outputs, Activities, and Issues)

1. Design and Supervision Consulting Service (DSC): Contract is signed on 26 May 2012 with completion date of 30 June 2016. The existing consultants is engaged for another one year (up to 30 June 2017) contract through SSS method.

2. Institutional Support and Monitoring Consulting Service (ISMC): Contract is signed on 26 May 2012 with completion date of 30 June 2016. Contract has been extended up to 30 December 2016. Contract is closed on 31 December 2016.

3. Out of 271 Civil works (road/bridge/GCM/tree plantation) packages 269 have been awarded as of 30 September 2016. And 100% work completed in 138 packages by February 2017.

4. Poor women are participating in the civil work activities and tree plantation through Labor Contracting Society.

5. 180 number of LGED officials with 6,600 trainee-days were trained. 1,847 number of UP Chairpersons/members with 3694 trainee-days were trained. And LGED staff obtained 3 overseas training in rural infrastructure management under Capacity Development Component.

Geographical Location

Summary of Environmental and Social Aspects

Environmental Aspects The project's environment category is B. An environmental assessment and review framework (EARF) and an initial environmental examination (IEE) for core subprojects have been prepared. The project is an improvement of the existing rural road network and no new road is planned, so adverse environmental impact is not expected. The potential problematic environmental issues in the construction phase include: (i) soil erosion, silt runoff and gully erosion; (ii) drainage blockage/congestion, water logging and localized flooding; (iii) surface and ground water contamination; (iv) air (dust) and noise pollution; (v) contamination from storage and transportation of construction materials; and (vi) hygiene, sanitation and safety of construction workers. These effects were considered during the design stage and measures included to minimize possible adverse effects.
Involuntary Resettlement The Project is Category B for involuntary resettlement. However the project will involve no relocation and very little, if any, land acquisition. The rural situation of the roads typically has no encroachment onto the right-of-way. Small strips of land may be required to facilitate shape corrections, the process of negotiated settlement will be used. A resettlement framework has been prepared for the implementation project which outlines the due diligence methodology for transparent implementation of negotiated settlement, and the triggers for preparation of a resettlement plan, as well as implementation responsibility.
Indigenous Peoples Indigenous people make up less than 2% of the population of the project districts, and have livelihoods mostly similar to the majority population. However IPs are generally poorer, with less access to land, lower educational attainment and relatively less access to resources. Other social differences, such as religion and gender relations, also prompt separate consideration of participation methods. Overall, impacts from improved road and market access will be positive only. An IP Framework has been developed which summarizes the results of IP consultations and lays out initial strategies for enhancing IP participation and realization of project benefits. Provision for development of IP plans for upazilas where IP communities are prevalent has been built into the implementation project.
Stakeholder Communication, Participation, and Consultation
During Project Design

Empirical studies confirm that rural infrastructure development in Bangladesh has helped spur economic growth and reduce poverty. Recent experience has shown that better rural infrastructure leads to higher mobility of the rural poor and their farm products. It allows the poor

greater access to providers of services, such as health and education, and to off-farm jobs. Rural infrastructure development also helps reduce rural poverty in the following ways: (i) effective road connectivity allows easier movement of labor; (ii) cost-effective transport of produce helps farmers realize higher farm gate prices; (iii) additional traffic volume gives rise to transport-related small businesses, such as service stations, repair shops, food stalls, and guesthouses; (iv) construction of project facilities and after-construction maintenance directly generate jobs for the poor; and (v) poor women have greater access to economic opportunities and new jobs.

During Project Implementation Annual review mission jointly completed by ADB and KfW twice a year to ensure proper implementation of project objective. Piggy back TA ensured local government involvement via one NGO.

Business Opportunities

Consulting Services Consultants, in two packages by an international firm in association with national firm(s), will be recruited following ADB's Guidelines on the Use of Consultants (as amended from time to time). The first package will consist of design, supervision, and monitoring consultants of 1,426 person-months. The second package will provide institutional support, socio-economic monitoring and capacity building consisting of 276 person-monhs of consulting. ADB will finance the entire package of design, supervision and monitoring consultants and the team leader of institutional support and capacity building, and KfW will finance the national consultants of institutional support and capacity building. The Government may undertake advance action for recruiting consultants to facilitate commencement of the Project quickly after its approval. This advance action, however, does not commit ADB and KfW to finance the Project.
Procurement Goods, services, and civil works financed by ADB and KfW will be procured following ADB's Procurement Guidelines (as amended from time to time). All civil works contracts will be through national competitive bidding, if acceptable to ADB and KfW, as those are series of small-value works and widely dispersed and foreign contractors are unlikely be interested in bidding. To ensure efficiency and economy in contract administration, small contracts for roads and related improvement works at various construction sites can be grouped together to obtained higher value. Contractors who failed to perform satisfactorily int he ADB and KfW-assisted earlier projects will not be allowed to participate in the bidding.

Responsible Staff

Responsible ADB Officer Islam, Mohammad Nazrul
Responsible ADB Department South Asia Department
Responsible ADB Division Bangladesh Resident Mission
Executing Agencies
Local Government Engineering Department
Md Wahidur Rahman
ce-lged@bangla.net
5th Floor, LGED Bhaban, Agargaon,

Timetable

Concept Clearance -
Fact Finding -
MRM -
Approval -
Last Review Mission -
PDS Creation Date 02 Dec 2010
Last PDS Update 22 Mar 2017

Loan 2696-BAN

Milestones
Approval Signing Date Effectivity Date Closing
Original Revised Actual
11 Nov 2010 11 Apr 2011 10 May 2011 31 Dec 2016 31 Dec 2017 -
Financing Plan Loan Utilization
Total (Amount in US$ million) Date ADB Others Net Percentage
Project Cost 92.50 Cumulative Contract Awards
ADB 60.00 11 Nov 2010 53.87 0.00 97%
Counterpart 32.50 Cumulative Disbursements
Cofinancing 0.00 11 Nov 2010 54.85 0.00 99%
Status of Covenants
Category Sector Safeguards Social Financial Economic Others
Rating - - - Satisfactory - Satisfactory

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Safeguard Documents See also: Safeguards

Safeguard documents provided at the time of project/facility approval may also be found in the list of linked documents provided with the Report and Recommendation of the President.

Title Document Type Document Date
Sustainable Rural Infrastructure Improvement Project: Involuntary Resettlement Monitoring Report (January–June 2016) Social Monitoring Reports Jun 2016
Sustainable Rural Infrastructure Improvement Project: Indigenous Peoples Monitoring Report (January–June 2016) Social Monitoring Reports Jun 2016
Sustainable Rural Infrastructure Improvement Project: Environmental Monitoring Report (July 2015-June 2016) Environmental Monitoring Reports Jun 2016
SRIIP: Semiannual Monitoring Report on Indigenous Peoples in Subproject Locations (July–December 2015) Social Monitoring Reports Feb 2016
Sustainable Rural Infrastructure Improvement Project: Involuntary Resettlement Monitoring Report (January–June 2015) Social Monitoring Reports Dec 2015
SRIIP: Semiannual Monitoring Report on Indigenous Peoples in Subproject Locations (January–June 2015) Social Monitoring Reports Dec 2015
Sustainable Rural Infrastructure Improvement Project: Environmental Monitoring Report (June 2015) Environmental Monitoring Reports Jun 2015
Sustainable Rural Infrastructure Improvement Project: Indigenous Peoples Safeguards Monitoring Report (July-December 2014) Social Monitoring Reports Apr 2015
SRIIP: Semiannual Monitoring Report on Indigenous Peoples in Subproject Locations (July-December 2014) Social Monitoring Reports Apr 2015
Sustainable Rural Infrastructure Improvement Project: Involuntary Resettlement Monitoring Report (July-December 2014) Social Monitoring Reports Apr 2015
Sustainable Rural Infrastructure Improvement Project: Safeguards Monitoring Report (December 2014) Social Monitoring Reports Dec 2014
Sustainable Rural Infrastructure Improvement Project (Updated) Resettlement Frameworks Jul 2011
Sustainable Rural Infrastructure Improvement Project: Resettlement Framework (as of Board approval) Resettlement Frameworks Aug 2010
Sustainable Rural Infrastructure Improvement Project: Environmental Assessment and Review Framework Environmental Assessment and Review Framework Aug 2010
Sustainable Rural Infrastructure Improvement Project: Initial Environment Examination Environmental Assessment and Measures Aug 2010
Sustainable Rural Infrastructure Improvement Project: Indigenous Peoples Planning Framework Indigenous Peoples Planning Frameworks/Indigenous Peoples Development Frameworks Aug 2010

Evaluation Documents See also: Independent Evaluation

None currently available.

Related Publications

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Tenders

No tenders for this project were found.

Contracts Awarded

Contract Title Approval Number Contract Date Contractor Contractor Address Executing Agency Contract Description Total Contract Amount (US$) Contract Amount Financed by ADB (US$)
IMPROVEMENT OF GCM Loan 2696 01 Feb 2017 MD. SHAH ALAMGIR CHAPAI NAWABGANJ BANGLADESH Local Government Engineering Department Construction 104,276.08 52,332.07

Procurement Plan