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Bangladesh: Dhaka Mass Rapid Transit Development Project Readiness Financing (Line 5, Southern Route)

Sovereign (Public) Project | 49258-002 Status: Approved

The proposed PRF will support the preparation and high project readiness of the ensuing loan. The PRF will prepare the detailed feasibility study, engineering design, and procurement document; and provide assistance in procurement-related processes.

The ensuing project of MRT Line 5 (Southern Route) will comprise a total length of about 17.4 km between Gabtoli and Dasherkandi stations. The congested central area of Dhaka requires 12.8 km of underground section with 12 stations, while the remaining section will be elevated with 4 stations. The ensuing project will be considered after completing the engineering design supported by the PRF.

Project Details

Project Officer
Kanzo Nakai South Asia Department Request for information
Country
  • Bangladesh
Sector
  • Transport
 
Project Name Dhaka Mass Rapid Transit Development Project Readiness Financing (Line 5, Southern Route)
Project Number 49258-002
Country Bangladesh
Project Status Approved
Project Type / Modality of Assistance Loan
Source of Funding / Amount
Loan 6023-BAN: Dhaka Mass Rapid Transit Development Project Readiness Financing (Line 5, Southern Route)
concessional ordinary capital resources lending / Asian Development Fund US$ 33.26 million
Strategic Agendas Inclusive economic growth
Drivers of Change Private sector development
Sector / Subsector

Transport / Urban public transport

Gender Equity and Mainstreaming No gender elements
Description

The proposed PRF will support the preparation and high project readiness of the ensuing loan. The PRF will prepare the detailed feasibility study, engineering design, and procurement document; and provide assistance in procurement-related processes.

The ensuing project of MRT Line 5 (Southern Route) will comprise a total length of about 17.4 km between Gabtoli and Dasherkandi stations. The congested central area of Dhaka requires 12.8 km of underground section with 12 stations, while the remaining section will be elevated with 4 stations. The ensuing project will be considered after completing the engineering design supported by the PRF.

Project Rationale and Linkage to Country/Regional Strategy

Despite its fast-growing population and corresponding traffic demand, Dhaka lacks an alternative mass transit network and relies heavily on road transport. Bangladesh Railway, the only railway system currently available in Dhaka, provides two commuter service lines between Dhaka and Narayagonj, and Dhaka and Joydevpur, which carry a total of about 25,000 passengers per day. Almost all of the 15 million daily trips generated in the area are accommodated by road transport. An estimated 47% of passenger trips are made by buses and 14% by cars. The number of vehicles in Dhaka has been steadily increasing. About 140,000 vehicles were newly registered in 2017, including about 20,000 private cars. Traffic volume in Dhaka already exceeds the road capacity by 20% on average during peak hours, and by more than 100% on particular sections in the central areas, causing serious traffic congestion on major trunk roads. The average speed of travel by road is just 6.4 km per hour during morning peak hours. The total economic loss caused by traffic congestion is estimated at about 7% of the gross domestic product

The Revised Strategic Transport Plan (RSTP), approved in 2016 as an urban transport master plan, estimates that 1.0 million to 2.6 million trips will be generated per day in 2035 between zones in central Dhaka. The generated traffic across the zones will concentrate on limited trunk roads that mainly run north and south. New public transport modalities can only be implemented along those trunk roads. Given this constraint, the master plan identifies six distinct public transport corridors with high passenger traffic demand that connect Dhaka's central business district with surrounding satellite regional centers. The high demand along these corridors requires public transport capacity of 18,000 to 46,000 passengers per hour per direction (PPHPD), which will be effectively accommodated only by a high-capacity transit system. The RSTP proposes five MRT lines and two bus rapid transit (BRT) lines along the identified corridors. An efficient transit system will also help manage expanding urbanization through transit-oriented development and reduction of carbon dioxide emissions. These MRTs and BRTs are scheduled to be completed by 2035. The government has an action plan to advance the target of completion of three priority MRT lines (1, 5, and 6) to 2030 at the latest.

The planned MRT Line 5, with its both north and south sections, will have daily boarding passengers of 1,478,600 and PPHPD of 28,340 in 2035. Though demand is less than on MRT Line 1 and Line 6 (which also runs north-south), the government places a high value on Line 5 as an essential and priority MRT line to create an effective public transport network in Dhaka, serving one of the few east-west corridors and providing intermodal stations with other MRT and BRT lines in the north-south direction.

ADB's country partnership strategy, 2016-2020 aims to ease infrastructure constraints by undertaking transformational investments in key sectors, including transport. ADB places a high value on assistance for urban transport capacity expansion and efficiency improvements. ADB has supported a prefeasibility study of the proposed MRT Line 5 (Southern Route) under project preparation technical assistance. The prefeasibility study examined the traffic demand forecast, operational plan, preliminary alignment, locations of the stations and a depot, preliminary equipment specifications, preliminary safeguard surveys, cost estimates, and economic and financial analyses. The proposed PRF will ensure high project readiness of the large-scale ensuing MRT Line 5 (Southern Route) project and mobilize financing resources required for the project's engineering design. The proposed PRF is listed in ADB's country operations business plan, 2019-2021 for Bangladesh.

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 Dhaka
Summary of Environmental and Social Aspects
Environmental Aspects Not applicable.
Involuntary Resettlement Not applicable.
Indigenous Peoples Not applicable.
Stakeholder Communication, Participation, and Consultation
During Project Design
During Project Implementation
Business Opportunities
Consulting Services

Engineering Design (Package No. PRF-DM-CO-01)

Internal Audit (PRF-DM-CO-02)

Individual consultants to support DMTCL (PRF-DM-IC)

Procurement N.A.
Responsible ADB Officer Kanzo Nakai
Responsible ADB Department South Asia Department
Responsible ADB Division Transport and Communications Division, SARD
Executing Agencies
Dhaka Mass Transit Company Limited
[email protected]
Level 14, Probashi Kalyan Bhaban, 71-72, Old Elephant Road, Eskaton Garden, Dhaka
Timetable
Concept Clearance -
Fact Finding 15 May 2019 to 20 May 2019
MRM 16 Jul 2019
Approval 27 Nov 2019
Last Review Mission -
Last PDS Update 27 Nov 2019

Loan 6023-BAN

Milestones
Approval Signing Date Effectivity Date Closing
Original Revised Actual
27 Nov 2019 - - 30 Jun 2024 - -
Financing Plan Loan Utilization
Total (Amount in US$ million) Date ADB Others Net Percentage
Project Cost 44.58 Cumulative Contract Awards
ADB 33.26 27 Nov 2019 0.00 0.00 0%
Counterpart 11.32 Cumulative Disbursements
Cofinancing 0.00 27 Nov 2019 0.00 0.00 0%

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Tenders

Tender Title Type Status Posting Date Deadline
Engineering Design Firm - Consulting Closed 28 May 2019 26 Jun 2019
49258-BAN: Project Readiness Financing for Dhaka Mass Rapid Transit Development Project, Line 5 (South) Advance Notice Active 27 May 2019

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