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Bhutan: Amochhu Land Development and Township Project

Sovereign (Public) Project | 50165-001 Status: Active

The proposed Amochhu Land Development and Township Project will develop 160 hectares (ha) of riparian land near the city of Phuentsholing that is located adjacent to the Amochhu River on Bhutans southwestern border with India. The project will provide protection from floods and erosion, and construct smart urban infrastructure to allow phased urban expansion. A modern township will be designed on modern sustainable principles of equity, livability, and competitiveness, and it will be integrated into the fabric of the existing municipality and preserve Bhutans unique architectural heritage. The project will also protect the existing and new towns from floods and riverbank erosion which currently threatens lives and livelihoods and disrupts connectivity with nearby communities.

Project Details

Project Officer
Lance Gore South Asia Department Request for information
Country
  • Bhutan
Modality
  • Technical Assistance
Sector
  • Agriculture, natural resources and rural development
 
Project Name Amochhu Land Development and Township Project
Project Number 50165-001
Country Bhutan
Project Status Active
Project Type / Modality of Assistance Technical Assistance
Source of Funding / Amount
TA 9140-BHU: Amochhu Land Development and Township Project
Technical Assistance Special Fund US$ 500,000.00
Strategic Agendas Environmentally sustainable growth
Inclusive economic growth
Drivers of Change Gender Equity and Mainstreaming
Private sector development
Sector / Subsector

Agriculture, natural resources and rural development / Rural flood protection

Water and other urban infrastructure and services / Other urban services - Urban flood protection - Urban sanitation - Urban sewerage - Urban solid waste management - Urban water supply

Gender Equity and Mainstreaming Some gender elements
Description The proposed Amochhu Land Development and Township Project will develop 160 hectares (ha) of riparian land near the city of Phuentsholing that is located adjacent to the Amochhu River on Bhutans southwestern border with India. The project will provide protection from floods and erosion, and construct smart urban infrastructure to allow phased urban expansion. A modern township will be designed on modern sustainable principles of equity, livability, and competitiveness, and it will be integrated into the fabric of the existing municipality and preserve Bhutans unique architectural heritage. The project will also protect the existing and new towns from floods and riverbank erosion which currently threatens lives and livelihoods and disrupts connectivity with nearby communities.
Project Rationale and Linkage to Country/Regional Strategy Bhutan is a mountainous country with limited suitable land for urban growth. This particularly applies for Phuentsholing which has reached its limits for expansion, being constrained by the Amochhu River and surrounding steep terrain and conservation areas. Phuentsholing is Bhutans busiest border city with India, located on two South Asia Subregional Economic Cooperation trading corridors, and is the countrys largest commercial and industrial hub. This Project will develop a modern township designed on modern sustainable principles of equity, livability, and competitiveness, and it will be integrated into the fabric of the existing municipality and preserve Bhutans unique architectural heritage. The Project will also protect the existing and new towns from floods and riverbank erosion which currently threatens lives and livelihoods and disrupts connectivity with nearby communities.
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 Phuentsholing
Summary of Environmental and Social Aspects
Environmental Aspects
Involuntary Resettlement
Indigenous Peoples
Stakeholder Communication, Participation, and Consultation
During Project Design Consultations in various modes have been conducted during project design to ensure concerns from the poor, vulnerable and excluded groups, if any, are addressed and incorporated into project design and implementation.
During Project Implementation Consultations in various modes will be conducted throughout implementation to ensure concerns from the poor, vulnerable and excluded groups, if any, are addressed and incorporated into project design and implementation.
Business Opportunities
Consulting Services Project preparation consulting services
Procurement Not applicable
Responsible ADB Officer Lance Gore
Responsible ADB Department South Asia Department
Responsible ADB Division Environment, Natural Resources & Agriculture Division, SARD
Executing Agencies
Druk Holding and Investments Limited
Thori Lam Upper Motithang
Thimphu, Bhutan
Timetable
Concept Clearance -
Fact Finding -
MRM -
Approval 22 Jul 2016
Last Review Mission -
Last PDS Update 08 Nov 2018

TA 9140-BHU

Milestones
Approval Signing Date Effectivity Date Closing
Original Revised Actual
22 Jul 2016 09 Aug 2016 09 Aug 2016 31 Dec 2017 31 Dec 2019 -
Financing Plan/TA Utilization Cumulative Disbursements
ADB Cofinancing Counterpart Total Date Amount
Gov Beneficiaries Project Sponsor Others
500,000.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 500,000.00 22 Jul 2016 455,993.23

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