Bangladesh : Strengthening Monitoring and Enforcement in the Meghna River for Dhaka's Sustainable Water Supply
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.
Chowdhury, Farhat Jahan
South Asia Department
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|Project Name||Strengthening Monitoring and Enforcement in the Meghna River for Dhaka's Sustainable Water Supply|
|Country / Economy||Bangladesh
|Project Type / Modality of Assistance||Technical Assistance
|Source of Funding / Amount||
|Strategic Agendas||Environmentally sustainable growth
Inclusive economic growth
|Drivers of Change||Gender Equity and Mainstreaming
Governance and capacity development
|Sector / Subsector||
Water and other urban infrastructure and services / Urban policy, institutional and capacity development
|Gender||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.|
|Description of Outcome||Government capacity for monitoring the water quality of Meghna River and enforcing laws to maintain it is strengthened.|
|Progress Toward Outcome|
|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.|
|Summary of Environmental and Social Aspects|
|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.
|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|
Department of Environment
Poribesh Bhaban, Room No. 403 E/ 16 Agargaon, Sher-e-Bangla Nagar Dhaka 1207, Bangladesh
|Concept Clearance||05 Sep 2014|
|Fact Finding||18 Aug 2014 to 21 Aug 2014|
|Approval||12 Dec 2014|
|Last Review Mission||-|
|Last PDS Update||27 Sep 2020|
|Approval||Signing Date||Effectivity Date||Closing|
|12 Dec 2014||20 Oct 2015||20 Oct 2015||31 May 2017||30 Jun 2019||01 Oct 2019|
|Financing Plan/TA Utilization||Cumulative Disbursements|
|0.00||1,000,000.00||50,000.00||0.00||0.00||0.00||1,050,000.00||17 Jun 2022||947,358.82|
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|Title||Document Type||Document Date|
|Strengthening Monitoring and Enforcement in the Meghna River for Dhaka's Sustainable Water Supply: Technical Assistance Completion Report||TA Completion Reports||Sep 2020|
|Strengthening Monitoring and Enforcement in the Meghna River for Dhaka's Sustainable Water Supply: Technical Assistance Report||Technical Assistance Reports||Dec 2014|
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|Title||Document Type||Document Date|
|Protecting the Meghna River: A Sustainable Water Resource for Dhaka||Reports||Aug 2019|
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Securing a Sustainable Water Resource for DhakaBangladesh embraces the world’s largest river delta but is in dire need of drinkable water.
|Contract Title||Approval Number||Contract Date||Contractor | Address||Executing Agency||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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