||Water Supply and Sanitation Services Investment Program - Tranche 2
|Project Type / Modality of Assistance
|Source of Funding / Amount
|Loan 2633-UZB: MFF - Water Supply and Sanitation Services Investment Program - Tranche 2|
|Asian Development Fund
||Environmentally sustainable growth
Inclusive economic growth
|Drivers of Change
||Governance and capacity development
|Sector / Subsector
Water and other urban infrastructure and services
- Urban policy, institutional and capacity development
- Urban sanitation
- Urban sewerage
- Urban water supply
|Gender Equity and Mainstreaming
|| Effective gender mainstreaming
||The Project will rehabilitate and expand the water supply and wastewater management systems in Andijan and Kokand cities and water supply systems in Fergana, Margilan, and Rishtan cities, which are priorities for development. Its impact will be improved public health and hygiene in Andijan, Fergana, Kokand, Margilan and Rishtan cities. The outcome will be safe, reliable, and sustainable WSS services and improved hygiene for 1.4 million people by 2025.
|Project Rationale and Linkage to Country/Regional Strategy
||Uzbekistan has a Poverty Reduction and Welfare Improvement Strategy. It identifies access to safe water and sanitation as a means for economic development and poverty reduction. The Government's intention is to reach within the next decade 100% service coverage in urban areas and 85% in rural areas. These targets are backed by a policy framework and a sector inverstment plan amounting to $1.2 billion by 2012 and $2.9 billion by 2020. The strategy on poverty reducation and welfare improvement, the policy framework, and the sector investment plan are the three main building blocks behind the sector roadmap.
||Improved living standards, environment, and public health in urban centers of Uzbekistan.
|Description of Outcome
||Safe, reliable, and sustainable water supply and sanitation services and improved hygiene in project cities.
|Progress Toward Outcome
||Four out of six civil works contracts are completed and handed over to project vodokanals. Two civil works contracts are expected to be completed by 31 December 2016.
|Description of Project Outputs
Water supply and sanitation systems improved and rehabilitated
Management structure and capacity for WSS operation improved.
Effective support provided to program implementation.
|Status of Implementation Progress (Outputs, Activities, and Issues)
||Selection of consultant for implementation of Institutional Strengthening and Capacity Development is ongoing and expected to be mobilized end of April 2016. Capacity building of vodokanals' staff is critical and needs to be initiated. Support EA in quality monitoring and supervision.
||Kokand, Andijan and Fergana Provinces
||Physical components include rehabilitation and limited expansion of water sources, water distribution networks, and wastewater management and sanitation systems. All Project 2 subprojects are categories as B according to ADB Safeguard Policy Statement (2009). The subprojects will use appropriate, low-costs and energy efficient technology. Any potential negative environmental impact is localized and temporary, and will be mitigated through proper subproject design and good construction practices. Subproject-level environmental management plans will be incorporated in the bidding and contract documents; contractors' performance will be supervised and subproject's environmental performance monitored and reported in accordance with the environmental assessment and review framework.
||Limited impacts on land for construction of new pumping stations and transmission pipes of water supply components have been identified in Fergana, Kokand and Rishtan cities for which LARPs have been prepared following the Land Acquisition and Resettlement Framework prepared and agreed upon for the Investment Program and in accordance with ADB's Safeguard Policy Statement (2009). Three due diligence reports were prepared for the subproject activities.
||The subproject areas are fairly homogenous in ethnic composition. Majority of the residents are Uzbek with some other ethnic minorities (i.e. Kyrgyz and Tajiks) present in the identified subproject areas. These ethnic minorities do not differ in their water supply and sanitation needs or levels of service. All will benefit directly from piped water supply, sanitation improvements, and better hygiene.
|Stakeholder Communication, Participation, and Consultation|
|During Project Design
During initial social assessment, census and socio-economic survey as well as focus group discussions were held with the beneficiaries, the makhalla community members, as well as with the secondary stakeholders of the project, namely, the government officials of the province. The design engineering team together with vodokanal and makhalla officials met the persons/households likely to be affected and had a discussion with them regarding project
scope, the benefits to be accrued and verified the documents showing ownership/possession right over land use/structures, etc that are within proposed alignment drawing. Certain facts about land ownership status of the project area and the people likely to be affected were identified from these discussions and through the survey.
|During Project Implementation
||Ensure implementation of the consultation and participation plan of the Investment Program. The consultative process will involve households, institutions such as schools, clinics and businesses, the service providers (i.e. vodokanlas) and other stakeholders from government organizations and the private sector. This will be reported in the quarterly progress report. NGOs will be engaged to implement the hygiene program.