Bangladesh : SASEC Railway Connectivity Investment Program

Sovereign Project | 46452-001

The PPTA will support the following major outputs and activities (i) Updating the Railway Master Plan; (ii) Assessment of the rolling stock maintenance sector of Bangladesh Railway (BR) and recommendations for the future strategy, investments and organization; (iii) Assessment for establishment of Mechanized Track Maintenance Unit of BR and recommendations for the strategy, investments and organization; and (iv) Assessment for establishment of a Research and Development Wing for BR.

The TA for $1,500,000 equivalent will be financed on a grant basis by ADB's Technical Assistance Special Fund (TASF-IV). The PPTA is funded by TASF, as no other resources are timely available to fund the scope as required to support the preparation of the SASEC Railway Connectivity Investment Program MFF The Government will provide counterpart support in the form of counterpart staff, office accommodation, previous studies, reports and surveys, and other in-kind contributions.

Project Name
SASEC Railway Connectivity Investment Program
Project Number
46452-001
Country / Economy
  • Bangladesh
Project Status
Closed
Project Type / Modality of Assistance
  • Technical Assistance
Source of Funding / Amount
TA 8597-BAN: SASEC Railway Connectivity Investment Program
Source Amount
Technical Assistance Special Fund US$ 1.50 million
Strategic Agendas
  • Environmentally sustainable growth
  • Inclusive economic growth
  • Regional integration
Drivers of Change
  • Gender Equity and Mainstreaming
  • Governance and capacity development
  • Knowledge solutions
  • Partnerships
  • Private sector development
Sector / Subsector
  • Transport / Rail transport (non-urban) - Transport policies and institutional development

Gender
Some gender elements
Description

The PPTA will support the following major outputs and activities (i) Updating the Railway Master Plan; (ii) Assessment of the rolling stock maintenance sector of Bangladesh Railway (BR) and recommendations for the future strategy, investments and organization; (iii) Assessment for establishment of Mechanized Track Maintenance Unit of BR and recommendations for the strategy, investments and organization; and (iv) Assessment for establishment of a Research and Development Wing for BR.

The TA for $1,500,000 equivalent will be financed on a grant basis by ADB's Technical Assistance Special Fund (TASF-IV). The PPTA is funded by TASF, as no other resources are timely available to fund the scope as required to support the preparation of the SASEC Railway Connectivity Investment Program MFF The Government will provide counterpart support in the form of counterpart staff, office accommodation, previous studies, reports and surveys, and other in-kind contributions.

Project Rationale and Linkage to Country/Regional Strategy
Most of the project preparation is financed under the TA-loan-2688-BAN: Subregional Transport Project Preparatory Facility, Rail Component (TA-loan). This Project Preparatory Technical Assistance (PPTA) will provide additional studies necessary for processing the Investment Program, to update design previously completed by BR and to provide additional support to BR during the procurement phase that cannot be covered under the TA-loan.
Impact

Project Outcome

Description of Outcome
Progress Toward Outcome

Implementation Progress

Description of Project Outputs
Status of Implementation Progress (Outputs, Activities, and Issues)
Geographical Location
Nation-wide

Summary of Environmental and Social Aspects

Environmental Aspects
Involuntary Resettlement
Indigenous Peoples

Stakeholder Communication, Participation, and Consultation

During Project Design

Bangladesh Railway, various line departments, project beneficiaries, local communities in the project influence area, among others. The Projects will benefit the poor and the vulnerable by providing increased employment and market opportunities, improved means of transport and better access to social service facilities. In case any involuntary resettlement impacts are identified during the planning stage, these will also be mitigated through provisions in the Safeguard Policy Statement, national laws and policies. Most of the beneficiaries, especially the vulnerable and the women headed households, will be consulted during the resettlement planning stage and while conducting the poverty and social assessment.

People from all the socio economic strata are meaningfully consulted during the preparatory phase. Community meetings and focus group discussions will be organized as part of the poverty and social analysis. The local consultative meetings will involve all relevant stakeholders including representatives of the poor and other socially excluded groups ( e.g., women, indigenous people, etc) to disseminate the information as well as to get the feedback about the project design and its potential impacts. Other key stakeholders such as the relevant line departments, local Government representatives and NGOs will also be consulted. Consultations will also be undertaken with the affected households and communities during the course of the census survey and socioeconomic survey for the preparation of the safeguards planning documents.

During Project Implementation

The main objective of the TA is to support the government to prepare the revised master plan for the next 30 years until 2045. The project will help improve people's access to and use of opportunities, services, resources and assets which will further empower them. Throughout the project cycle meaningful consultations will be held with the project beneficiaries providing them information regarding the project design and implementation. This will further empower the communities. The project will benefit all socio economic categories as they can easily commute from one place to another.

The TA became effective on 15 December 2014 and engaged a consultant firm for the project implementation.

The TA has completed all required tasks within the scope of works as scheduled on 30 November 2017 and was financially closed on 20 February 2018.

Business Opportunities

Consulting Services
The TA will be implemented by (i) a firm of consultants from January 2016 to December 2016; and (ii) services to be carried out by individual consultants, e.g. as Procurement Advisor and to support Government-internal approvals will be implemented. About 27 person-months of international consulting and about 45 person-months of national consulting will be provided. ADB will engage the consultants in accordance with its Guidelines on the Use of Consultants (2013, as amended from time to time) using the quality- and cost-based selection with a quality-cost ratio of 90:10. This quality-cost ratio is proposed in light of the high complexity of the TA, which requires specialized inputs from qualified consultants with experience in the fields of railway design and transport, traffic forecasting and traffic modeling, and multimodal transport. The consulting firms will submit simplified technical proposals.

Contact

Responsible ADB Officer
Sakai, Tsuneyuki
Responsible ADB Department
South Asia Department
Responsible ADB Division
Transport and Communications Division, SARD
Executing Agencies
Bangladesh Railway

Timetable

Concept Clearance
-
Fact Finding
-
MRM
-
Approval
18 Dec 2013
Last Review Mission
-
Last PDS Update
19 Mar 2018

Funding

TA 8597-BAN

Milestones
Approval Signing Date Effectivity Date Closing
Original Revised Actual
18 Dec 2013 15 Dec 2014 15 Dec 2014 31 Mar 2015 30 Nov 2017 20 Feb 2018
Financing Plan/TA Utilization
ADB Cofinancing Counterpart Total
Gov Beneficiaries Project Sponsor Others
1,500,000.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 1,500,000.00
Cumulative Disbursements
Date Amount
17 Jun 2022 1,349,931.36

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Safeguard Documents See also: Safeguards
Safeguard documents provided at the time of project/facility approval may also be found in the list of linked documents provided with the Report and Recommendation of the President.

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Evaluation Documents See also: Independent Evaluation

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Related Publications

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Tenders

No tenders for this project were found.

Contracts Awarded

Contract Title Approval Number Contract Date Contractor | Address Executing Agency Total Contract Amount (US$) Contract Amount Financed by ADB (US$)
Project Preparatory Technical Assistance 8597 24 Dec 2015 CPCS Transcom Ltd. (Canada) in association with E-Gen Consultants, Ltd. (Bangladesh) | 72 Chamberlain Avenue, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada K1S 1V9 Bangladesh Railway (BR) 1,452,845.00

Procurement Plan

None currently available.