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Afghanistan: Arghandab Integrated Water Resources Development Project

Sovereign (Public) Project | 48096-002 Status: Active

The project will improve the availability and management of water resources in the Arghandab basin in Kandahar province by (i) increasing the storage capacity of the Dahla Dam by raising its height, (ii) increasing the reliability of irrigation water supplies downstream of the dam, (iii) improving agriculture water productivity by providing on-farm support to farmers to improve crop production, and (iv) strengthening institutions in water resource management. Additional benefits associated with raising the dam include hydropower generation, to be undertaken by the private sector; and urban and industrial water supply to Kandahar City and its surroundings, to be undertaken by World Bank.

Project Details

Project Officer
Radstake, Frank Central and West Asia Department Request for information
Country
  • Afghanistan
Sector
  • Agriculture, natural resources and rural development
 
Project Name Arghandab Integrated Water Resources Development Project
Project Number 48096-002
Country Afghanistan
Project Status Active
Project Type / Modality of Assistance Grant
Source of Funding / Amount
Grant 0655-AFG: Arghandab Integrated Water Resources Development Project
concessional ordinary capital resources lending / Asian Development Fund US$ 348.78 million
Grant 0656-AFG: Arghandab Integrated Water Resources Development Project
IFAD Grants US$ 40.00 million
Strategic Agendas Environmentally sustainable growth
Inclusive economic growth
Drivers of Change Gender Equity and Mainstreaming
Governance and capacity development
Partnerships
Private sector development
Sector / Subsector

Agriculture, natural resources and rural development / Agricultural production - Irrigation - Water-based natural resources management

Gender Equity and Mainstreaming Effective gender mainstreaming
Description The project will improve the availability and management of water resources in the Arghandab basin in Kandahar province by (i) increasing the storage capacity of the Dahla Dam by raising its height, (ii) increasing the reliability of irrigation water supplies downstream of the dam, (iii) improving agriculture water productivity by providing on-farm support to farmers to improve crop production, and (iv) strengthening institutions in water resource management. Additional benefits associated with raising the dam include hydropower generation, to be undertaken by the private sector; and urban and industrial water supply to Kandahar City and its surroundings, to be undertaken by World Bank.
Project Rationale and Linkage to Country/Regional Strategy Water availability in Afghanistan is highly seasonal and erratic, with frequent and worsening droughts affecting agriculture, living standards, and the local economy. Improved reliability of irrigated water supply is crucial to enable the expansion of high value cropping enterprises and associated activities.
Impact Jobs and gross domestic product growth increased
Project Outcome
Description of Outcome Management and use of water resources in the Arghandab River basin improved
Progress Toward Outcome
Implementation Progress
Description of Project Outputs

Dahla Dam capacity increased

Reliability of irrigation water supply increased

Agricultural water productivity improved

Capacity in water resource management and use strengthened

Status of Implementation Progress (Outputs, Activities, and Issues)
Geographical Location Kandahar
Safeguard Categories
Environment A
Involuntary Resettlement A
Indigenous Peoples C
Summary of Environmental and Social Aspects
Environmental Aspects The project is Category A for Environment and will require preparation of an Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) study to assess the impacts and provide adequate mitigation measures as well as monitoring plans. Component 1 involves raising of Dahla Dam by 13.6 meters. Works related with saddle dam 1 to 6 and saddle dam 1 extension, intake tower, tunnel lining and trash rack will also be carried out. Execution of the works under this component will result in significant environmental impacts, including change in land use and ecology due to inundation at the upstream end, soil erosion and dust generation during earthworks, as well as social issues related mainly with water rights, land tenure as well as occupational and community health and safety. Moreover, aquatic environment/habitats may also be affected in case the environmental flow conditions are not accounted for at the downstream end.
Involuntary Resettlement

The project is Category A for Involuntary Resettlement. As of 18 March 2019, for the dam raise output, it is estimated that: (i) 22 villages will be inundated; (ii) 596 out of a total of 778 houses in these villages will be impacted; (iii) 14 mosques and schools, 3 shrines and 3 graveyards will be affected; (iv) 84% of agricultural land in these villages will be inundated; (v) 643 orchards, and 92,241 fruit trees will be inundated; (vi) a 600m long strip of the proposed road realignment will pass through agricultural lands of one village.

For the irrigation and agriculture output, it is estimated that: (i) 151 shops along the canal will be affected and will be removed; (ii) surveys are currently being carried out to determine the trees, residential structure, cultural sites, etc in the road beside the canal.

Indigenous Peoples The project is Category C for Indigenous Peoples Impact, In Afghanistan, there are no groups regards as Indigenous People's, as per the SPS (2009) definition. All groups are integrated into society and represented at the various political groups.
Stakeholder Communication, Participation, and Consultation
During Project Design
During Project Implementation
Business Opportunities
Consulting Services An estimated 1856 person-months (pm) (496 international, 1360 national) of consulting services are required to (i) facilitate project management and implementation, (ii) survey (geological, seismological) and design, (iii) capacity building and training, (iv) strengthen the agricultural value chains and improve water productivity on farms; and (v) resettlement and safeguards plans implementation and monitoring. Consulting firms will be engaged using the quality- and cost-based selection (QCBS) method with a standard quality cost ratio of 90:10, consultant- qualification-based selection (CQS), and Single Source Selection (SSS). Advance contracting and retroactive financing will be undertaken in conformity with ADB Procurement Policy (2017, as amended from time to time) and ADB's Staff Instructions Borrower Administered Consulting Services (2017, as amended from time to time). The issuance of invitations to bid under advance contracting and retroactive financing will be subject to ADB approval.
Procurement For procurement of goods, works, non-consulting services, and consulting services in the project, ADB Procurement Policy (2017, as amended from time to time), Procurement Regulations for ADB Borrowers (2017, as amended from time to time) and the associated Staff Instructions/Project Administration Instructions shall apply. Open Competitive Bidding (OCB) procedures with international advertising will be used for civil works contracts estimated to cost $222.63 million and for goods estimated to cost $4.25 million. OCB procedures with national advertising will be used for civil works and goods contracts estimated to cost $8.94 million. Request for Quotations will be used for contracts for procurement of works and goods less than $100,000. Community contracts and Community labor working contracts estimated to cost $35 million involving local materials and community participation.
Responsible ADB Officer Radstake, Frank
Responsible ADB Department Central and West Asia Department
Responsible ADB Division Environment, Natural Resources & Agriculture Division, CWRD
Executing Agencies
Ministry of Finance
Pashtunistan Watt,
Kabul,
Islamic Republic of Afghanistan
Timetable
Concept Clearance 08 Dec 2016
Fact Finding 23 Apr 2019 to 08 May 2019
MRM 23 Jul 2019
Approval 11 Sep 2019
Last Review Mission -
Last PDS Update 16 Sep 2019

Grant 0655-AFG

Milestones
Approval Signing Date Effectivity Date Closing
Original Revised Actual
11 Sep 2019 25 Sep 2019 27 Mar 2020 31 May 2027 - -
Financing Plan Grant Utilization
Total (Amount in US$ million) Date ADB Others Net Percentage
Project Cost 363.04 Cumulative Contract Awards
ADB 348.78 11 Sep 2019 0.00 0.00 0%
Counterpart 14.26 Cumulative Disbursements
Cofinancing 0.00 11 Sep 2019 1.22 0.00 0%

Grant 0656-AFG

Milestones
Approval Signing Date Effectivity Date Closing
Original Revised Actual
11 Dec 2019 07 Mar 2020 07 Mar 2020 31 Mar 2027 - -
Financing Plan Grant Utilization
Total (Amount in US$ million) Date ADB Others Net Percentage
Project Cost 40.00 Cumulative Contract Awards
ADB 0.00 11 Dec 2019 0.00 0.00 0%
Counterpart 0.00 Cumulative Disbursements
Cofinancing 40.00 11 Dec 2019 0.00 1.00 3%

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Tenders

Tender Title Type Status Posting Date Deadline
MEW/ AIWRDP/CS-01 Firm - Consulting Closed 15 Jan 2020 19 Mar 2020
Agriculture Implementation Support Consultants (AISCs) Firm - Consulting Closed 07 Aug 2019 19 Sep 2019

Contracts Awarded

No contracts awarded for this project were found

Procurement Plan