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Bangladesh: Strengthening Monitoring and Enforcement in the Meghna River for Dhaka's Sustainable Water Supply

Sovereign (Public) Project | 42173-014 Status: Closed

Urban sector including water supply is one of the priority sectors in the Country Partnership Strategy (CPS). Expanding sustainable safe water supply in Dhaka City is a major activity of the sector to help the government achieve 100% access to water supply. The technical assistance (TA) activities will help ensure long-term water security of Dhaka City. The TA is highly complementary to the ongoing new water supply project in Dhaka (Loan 3051-BAN) as mentioned above. ADB is currently assisting the government in establishing a regulatory framework for urban water supply and sanitation (TA 8320-BAN). The main focus of the ongoing TA is to strengthen monitoring and enforcement of Meghna River's quality for Dhaka's sustainable water supply.

 
Project Name Strengthening Monitoring and Enforcement in the Meghna River for Dhaka's Sustainable Water Supply
Project Number 42173-014
Country Bangladesh
Project Status Closed
Project Type / Modality of Assistance Technical Assistance
Source of Funding / Amount
TA 8803-BAN: Strengthening Monitoring and Enforcement of Meghna River's Water Quality for Dhaka's Sustainable Water Supply
Japan Fund for Poverty Reduction US$ 1.00 million
Strategic Agendas Environmentally sustainable growth
Inclusive economic growth
Drivers of Change Gender Equity and Mainstreaming
Governance and capacity development
Partnerships
Sector / Subsector

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

Gender Equity and Mainstreaming Some gender elements
Description Urban sector including water supply is one of the priority sectors in the Country Partnership Strategy (CPS). Expanding sustainable safe water supply in Dhaka City is a major activity of the sector to help the government achieve 100% access to water supply. The technical assistance (TA) activities will help ensure long-term water security of Dhaka City. The TA is highly complementary to the ongoing new water supply project in Dhaka (Loan 3051-BAN) as mentioned above. ADB is currently assisting the government in establishing a regulatory framework for urban water supply and sanitation (TA 8320-BAN). The main focus of the ongoing TA is to strengthen monitoring and enforcement of Meghna River's quality for Dhaka's sustainable water supply.
Project Rationale and Linkage to Country/Regional Strategy Sustainable water supply from Meghna River to Dhaka city ensured; performance targets: By 2020, Water quality of Meghna River at the intake is maintained above government standards (baseline: present water quality of Meghna River).
Impact Sustainable water supply from Meghna River to Dhaka City is ensured.
Project Outcome
Description of Outcome Government capacity for monitoring the water quality of Meghna River and enforcing laws to maintain it is strengthened.
Progress Toward Outcome
Implementation Progress
Description of Project Outputs

1. Monitoring and reporting system, including water pollution mapping, strengthened in the relevant section of Meghna River.

2. Incentive or reward system for pollution control piloted.

3. ECA identified and prepared for designation.

4. Training programs completed.

Status of Implementation Progress (Outputs, Activities, and Issues) Activities completed: - Output 1: Completed baseline survey to identify pollution sources and water pollution monitoring in the Meghna. Hazardous pollutants screening is completed. - Output 2: Completed study on the incentive and reward system.- Output 3: Completed two comprehensive studies to assess the ecological and economic value of the area. The Ecological Critical Areas (ECAs) has been identified. Drafted the proposal including ECA notification and justification for official submission to MOEFCC. - Output 4: Completed training programs for the officials of Department of Environment, Dhaka Water Supply and Sewerage Authority, and representatives of Local Government Institutions.
Geographical Location
Summary of Environmental and Social Aspects
Environmental Aspects
Involuntary Resettlement
Indigenous Peoples
Stakeholder Communication, Participation, and Consultation
During Project Design A stakeholder consultation meeting was held on 19 August 2014, where various stakeholders from different agencies participated: Department of Environment, Dhaka Water Supply and Sewerage Authority, Bangladesh Inland Water Transport Authority (BIWTA), Bangladesh Knitwear Manufacturers & Exporters Association (BKMEA), Bangladesh Poribesh Andolon (BAPA), Economic Relations Division, Ministry of Industry, Planning Commission, Local Government Engineering Department, and Water Resources Planning Organization (WARPO).
During Project Implementation

A TA consultation mission was fielded from 17 to 19 November 2015 to hold kick-off meetings with the government to reach common understanding on the TA and agree on the timeline for smooth TA start-up. A TA signing ceremony was also held between the Economic Relations Division and ADB, where Counsellor from the Embassy of Japan was invited. DoE, DWASA, and the consultants visited the proposed intake sites and surroundings in November 2015. An inception report was also submitted by the consultants in December 2015 which included the approach, detailed work plan, and initial findings. An Inception Workshop and first PIC meeting was held on 12 January 2016 participated by various stakeholders from different agencies, where valuable suggestions were provided for project implementation.An interim TA review mission completed on 27 November - 4 December, 2018.A National Dissemination Seminar was organized on 10 October 2018 to share the findings of TA studies. TA Consultants submitted draft final reports on the studies and trainings. DOE and DWASA reviewed and validated the reports.

A detailed mapping of the Meghna ECA completed showing Mouza and Daag number as advised by DOE.

Prepared a Joint Institutional Mechanism for DOE and DWASA for maintaining water quality by the TA consultant, which was submitted to MoEFCC.

A knowledge product entitled "Protecting the Meghna River: A Sustainable Water Resource for Dhaka" published.

https://www.adb.org/sites/default/files/publication/519666/meghna-river-sustainable-water-resource-dhaka.pdf

Business Opportunities
Consulting Services The technical assistance (TA) will require about 85 person-months of consulting services: 20 person-months international and 65 person-months national.
Procurement Since all the procurement, including recruitment of consultants and procurement of office equipment, will be directly managed by ADB, risks related to financial management, procurement, and corruption will be minimal.
Responsible ADB Officer Chowdhury, Farhat Jahan
Responsible ADB Department South Asia Department
Responsible ADB Division Bangladesh Resident Mission
Executing Agencies
Department of Environment
Poribesh Bhaban, Room No. 403 E/ 16 Agargaon, Sher-e-Bangla Nagar Dhaka 1207, Bangladesh
Dhaka
Bangladesh
Timetable
Concept Clearance 05 Sep 2014
Fact Finding 18 Aug 2014 to 21 Aug 2014
MRM -
Approval 12 Dec 2014
Last Review Mission -
Last PDS Update 27 Sep 2020

TA 8803-BAN

Milestones
Approval Signing Date Effectivity Date Closing
Original Revised Actual
12 Dec 2014 20 Oct 2015 20 Oct 2015 31 May 2017 30 Jun 2019 -
Financing Plan/TA Utilization Cumulative Disbursements
ADB Cofinancing Counterpart Total Date Amount
Gov Beneficiaries Project Sponsor Others
0.00 1,000,000.00 50,000.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 1,050,000.00 12 Dec 2014 947,358.82

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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$) Contract Amount Financed by ADB (US$)
Capacity Development Technical Assistance 8803 28 Oct 2015 Deltares (Netherlands) in association with Enviro Consultants Ltd. (Bangladesh) Rotterdamseweg 185 2629 HD Delft/Boussin Delft 2629 HV, Netherlands Department of Environment 959,357.00

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