Bangladesh: Irrigation Management Improvement Project - Additional Financing

Sovereign Project | 45207-006

The proposed additional financing will cover cost overruns of the ongoing project. The ongoing project is modernizing the Muhuri Irrigation Project in Feni district in Chattogram division and strengthening the capacity of Bangladesh to improve national practices on sustainable management, operation, and maintenance (MOM) of its large-scale irrigation schemes. The project is critical from a climate change adaptation perspective as it significantly increases flood risk protection for productive land and assures irrigation water supply during lean periods. While introducing innovative infrastructure modernization, it also aims to foster private sector participation in water sector by transferring MOM responsibilities from government departments to private operators

Project Details

  • Project Officer
    Srivastava, Pushkar
    South Asia Department
    Request for information
  • Approval Date
    30 September 2021
  • Country
    Bangladesh
  • Sector
    • Agriculture, natural resources and rural development
Project Name Irrigation Management Improvement Project - Additional Financing
Project Number 45207-006
Country Bangladesh
Project Status Approved
Project Type / Modality of Assistance Loan
Source of Funding / Amount
Loan 4120-BAN: Irrigation Management Improvement Project - Additional Financing
Concessional ordinary capital resources lending US$ 13.50 million
Strategic Agendas Environmentally sustainable growth
Inclusive economic growth
Drivers of Change Gender Equity and Mainstreaming
Governance and capacity development
Knowledge solutions
Sector / Subsector

Agriculture, natural resources and rural development / Irrigation

Gender Equity and Mainstreaming Effective gender mainstreaming
Description The proposed additional financing will cover cost overruns of the ongoing project. The ongoing project is modernizing the Muhuri Irrigation Project in Feni district in Chattogram division and strengthening the capacity of Bangladesh to improve national practices on sustainable management, operation, and maintenance (MOM) of its large-scale irrigation schemes. The project is critical from a climate change adaptation perspective as it significantly increases flood risk protection for productive land and assures irrigation water supply during lean periods. While introducing innovative infrastructure modernization, it also aims to foster private sector participation in water sector by transferring MOM responsibilities from government departments to private operators
Project Rationale and Linkage to Country/Regional Strategy

The primary sources of water in Bangladesh are local rainfall and transboundary inflows, derived mainly from the Brahmaputra, Ganges, and Meghna rivers. Bangladesh occupies only 8% of the total catchment area of these rivers and is located at their downstream end. The result is an abundant excess of surface water during the summer monsoon months and water shortfalls during the winter dry months. Despite being scarce, water is not well-managed. Minimal attention is given to water use efficiency and equitable allocation. Many farmers rely on groundwater to supplement the limited and irregular surface water supplies. However, in many areas, the use of groundwater is significantly constrained by arsenic contamination and aquifer limitations. Consequently, the minimum flows required to meet total dry season demands are less than what is available from surface and groundwater. The performance of irrigation schemes will be further aggravated by the impact of climate change for which changes in temperature and rainfall patterns will modify crop irrigation requirements and river hydrologic regimes.

Although agriculture's share of gross domestic product has declined, it is still the primary economic sector in rural areas and provides more than 60% of rural employment in Bangladesh. Women constitute 50% of the labor force in the agriculture sector but, because of the informal nature of work and cultural barriers, paid employment opportunities in the sector are still low for women. Irrigated agriculture productivity remains low, which is the result of unreliable irrigation supply; inadequate agriculture extension services; and poor access to farm inputs, markets, and agricultural credit services. The lack of efficient and sustainable MOM continues to impact the productivity of large irrigation schemes. Other factors include inadequate government financing for maintenance, lack of beneficiary empowerment and engagement in MOM, and limited capacity of public agencies resulting in weak service delivery.

Impact High growth of agriculture in Bangladesh sustained (Government of Bangladesh's Eighth Five-Year Plan)
Project Outcome
Description of Outcome Productivity and sustainability of the Muhuri Irrigation Project increased
Progress Toward Outcome Assessment of outcome may be made only after civil works completion and during the subsequent management, operation and maintenance.
Implementation Progress
Description of Project Outputs

Irrigation management and agriculture support services improved

Irrigation system infrastructure rehabilitated and modernized.

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

Partially achieved. Construction workers comprising 5% women and 20% poor and socially excluded people could not be reached.

Partially achieved. 373 km of canals have been re-excavated against the targeted 460 km and 17.75 km of coastal embankment have been rehabilitated against targeted 23 km.

Partially achieved. One barrage was rehabilitated. 81 lift pumps including with prepaid meters have been installed.

Not yet started

2,072 farmers were trained among them 363 were Female (17.50%)

Partially achieved. 65 schemes are fully operational and another 16 will be operational very soon.

Geographical Location Nation-wide
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 None for the additional financing
Procurement

gAll procurement of goods, works, and consultants financed by the ADB loan were carried out in accordance with the 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 civil works packages and consultancy packages have been awarded in the ongoing loan. Some contract amendments are under preparation and will be included in the ongoing civil works and consulting contracts.

ADB's Anticorruption Policy (1998, as amended to date) was explained to and discussed with the government and BWDB. The specific policy requirements and supplementary measures are described in the PAM.

Responsible ADB Officer Srivastava, Pushkar
Responsible ADB Department South Asia Department
Responsible ADB Division Bangladesh Resident Mission
Executing Agencies
Bangladesh Water Development Board
3 DIT Extension Avenue
Hoque Chamber, Motijheel Commercial Area
Dhaka, Bangladesh
Timetable
Concept Clearance 29 Oct 2020
Fact Finding 03 Nov 2020 to 10 Nov 2020
MRM 13 Jul 2021
Approval 30 Sep 2021
Last Review Mission -
Last PDS Update 30 Sep 2021

Loan 4120-BAN

Financing Plan Loan Utilization
Total (Amount in US$ million) Date ADB Others Net Percentage
Project Cost 14.63 Cumulative Contract Awards
ADB 13.50 - 0.00 0.00 %
Counterpart 1.13 Cumulative Disbursements
Cofinancing 0.00 - 0.00 0.00 %

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