Bangladesh: Greater Dhaka Sustainable Urban Transport Project - Additional Financing

Sovereign Project | 42169-024

The project will contribute to develop a sustainable urban transport system (UTS) in GCC, which forms part of north Greater Dhaka, through the delivery of a 20-kilometer (km) bus rapid transit (BRT) corridor. This pilot project provides a holistic solution for integrated urban mobility, bearing a demonstration effect as no modern mass transit system exists in Bangladesh yet.

Project Details

  • Project Officer
    Limbu, Tika R.
    South Asia Department
    Request for information
  • Country/Economy
    Bangladesh
  • Sector
    • Transport
Project Name Greater Dhaka Sustainable Urban Transport Project - Additional Financing
Project Number 42169-024
Country / Economy Bangladesh
Project Status Proposed
Project Type / Modality of Assistance Loan
Source of Funding / Amount
Loan: Greater Dhaka Sustainable Urban Transport Project - Additional Financing
Ordinary capital resources US$ 100.00 million
Strategic Agendas Environmentally sustainable growth
Inclusive economic growth
Drivers of Change Gender Equity and Mainstreaming
Private sector development
Sector / Subsector

Transport / Urban public transport

Gender Equity and Mainstreaming Effective gender mainstreaming
Description The project will contribute to develop a sustainable urban transport system (UTS) in GCC, which forms part of north Greater Dhaka, through the delivery of a 20-kilometer (km) bus rapid transit (BRT) corridor. This pilot project provides a holistic solution for integrated urban mobility, bearing a demonstration effect as no modern mass transit system exists in Bangladesh yet.
Project Rationale and Linkage to Country/Regional Strategy

Bangladesh was ranked 146th out of 187 countries in the 2011 United Nations Human Development Index, and Dhaka is consistently ranked one of the world''s most unlivable cities in the Global Liveability Report. Traffic congestion and air pollution play a major role in these poor rankings. Greater Dhaka is one of the fastest-growing megacities in the world. An estimated 300,000- 400,000 migrants, mostly poor from rural areas, arrive in the metropolitan area annually. Since 2000, its population has more than doubled and it is projected to grow from 17 million in 2012 to 25 million in 2025. Dhaka is also one of the most densely populated cities in the world, with 45,508 people per square kilometer in the core area. Such high density in a city with limited inhabitable land owing to the city's topography, limited infrastructure, and low level of public services results in tremendous congestion and constrains the UTS' ability to provide mobility for all people. Car ownership and usage are still low because of lack of disposable income, but these figures are increasing fast with a growing middle class. In 2010, only 150,000 private cars and 500,000 other motorized vehicles were registered in Dhaka, but 60 70 additional cars were registered daily. With annual motorization growth of 8%, there could be up to half a million cars in 2025, increasing local air pollutants and greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from the transport sector.

Without better planning and strategy, the metropolitan area will keep on sprawling north and south anarchically along the existing axis. The main issue for Dhaka's urban development lies in its fringes, where most of the urban sprawl and pauperization take place. Concepts like satellite cities, city clusters, and transit-oriented development have to be implemented to organize the urban growth and public spaces toward improved living conditions and climate change mitigation. To ensure a sustainable future for Dhaka, public transport focused on people''s mobility needs and accessibility has to be improved and given priority over simple road projects. International experience documents well that interventions that promote nonmotorized transport (NMT), a modal shift from private vehicles to public transport, and integration of land-use and transport planning also help lower GHG emissions in the long run. Investigations conducted as part of the project preparatory TA have shown that, out of six suburban corridors analyzed, the corridor connecting Dhaka North City Corporation (DNCC) (over 20% of its length) with the emerging GCC (over 80% of its length) has the best potential to organize urban development and support a mass transit infrastructure; and that BRT is the most cost-effective mass transit mode for the selected corridor.

Impact A sustainable a urban transport system is developed in DNCC and GCC.
Outcome The public transport system is improved in DNCC and GCC, benefiting a population of 1 million.
Outputs 1. DNCC's and GCC's main urban transport corridor is restructured
Geographical Location Gazipur, Shahjalal International Airport
Safeguard Categories
Environment C
Involuntary Resettlement C
Indigenous Peoples C
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 All procurement of goods, works, and consultants financed by the ADB loan have been carried out in accordance with ADB's Procurement Guidelines (2015, as amended from time to time) and Guidelines on the Use of Consultants (2013, as amended from time to time). All works and consulting services packages under the project have been awarded except the streetlight package which will be awarded under the ongoing project. Some contract amendments are under preparation and will be included in the ongoing works and consulting contracts.
Procurement All procurement of goods, works, and consultants financed by the ADB loan have been carried out in accordance with ADB's Procurement Guidelines (2015, as amended from time to time) and Guidelines on the Use of Consultants (2013, as amended from time to time). All works and consulting services packages under the project have been awarded except the streetlight package which will be awarded under the ongoing project. Some contract amendments are under preparation and will be included in the ongoing works and consulting contracts.
Responsible ADB Officer Limbu, Tika R.
Responsible ADB Department South Asia Department
Responsible ADB Division Bangladesh Resident Mission
Executing Agencies
Ministry of Road Transport and Bridges
The Roads and Highways Department
Dhaka, Bangladesh
Timetable
Concept Clearance 27 Jul 2022
Fact Finding 07 Aug 2022 to 08 Aug 2022
MRM 24 Aug 2022
Approval -
Last Review Mission -
Last PDS Update 05 Aug 2022

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