Bangladesh: Chattogram Hill Tracts Inclusive and Resilient Urban Water Supply and Sanitation Project

Sovereign Project | 51296-002

The project will support sustainable, inclusive, and resilient drinking water, sanitation, and solid waste management services in Bandarban, Lama, and Rangamati pourashavas in the Chattogram Hill Tracts (CHT) of Bangladesh. It will also support project preparation and readiness for resilient water supply and sanitation investments (which may be considered for future ADB's financing) for (i) eight towns and economic zones in the Cumilla and Ishwardi clusters, (ii) Mirsarai economic zone and en-route towns bulk supply from surface water, (iii) Khagrachari pourashava, and (iv) 22 coastal towns. The project outcome will be access to safely managed, sustainable, inclusive, and resilient drinking water supply, sanitation, and SWM services improved.

Project Details

  • Project Officer
    Di Mario, Luca
    South Asia Department
    Request for information
  • Country/Economy
    Bangladesh
  • Sector
    • Water and other urban infrastructure and services
Project Name Chattogram Hill Tracts Inclusive and Resilient Urban Water Supply and Sanitation Project
Project Number 51296-002
Country / Economy Bangladesh
Project Status Proposed
Project Type / Modality of Assistance Loan
Source of Funding / Amount
Loan: Chattogram Hill Tracts Inclusive and (Climate) Resilient Urban Water Supply and Sanitation Project
Concessional ordinary capital resources lending US$ 130.00 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
Sector / Subsector

Water and other urban infrastructure and services / Urban policy, institutional and capacity development - Urban sanitation - Urban solid waste management - Urban water supply

Gender Equity and Mainstreaming Gender equity
Description The project will support sustainable, inclusive, and resilient drinking water, sanitation, and solid waste management services in Bandarban, Lama, and Rangamati pourashavas in the Chattogram Hill Tracts (CHT) of Bangladesh. It will also support project preparation and readiness for resilient water supply and sanitation investments (which may be considered for future ADB's financing) for (i) eight towns and economic zones in the Cumilla and Ishwardi clusters, (ii) Mirsarai economic zone and en-route towns bulk supply from surface water, (iii) Khagrachari pourashava, and (iv) 22 coastal towns. The project outcome will be access to safely managed, sustainable, inclusive, and resilient drinking water supply, sanitation, and SWM services improved.
Project Rationale and Linkage to Country/Regional Strategy

The Chattogram Hill Tracts (CHT) is one of the most disadvantaged and least developed areas of Bangladesh. Around 50% of its population belongs to 11 different small ethnic communities (SEC). Poverty rate in project towns is 34.3% in Bandarban, 39.7% in Lama, and 20.6% in Rangamati, which is higher than the country's urban poverty rate of 18.9%. People living in project towns suffer from inferior urban services (water supply, sanitation, and solid waste management [SWM]) when compared to the country's average.

The Eight Five Year Plan and the Perspective Plan 2041 of the Government of Bangladesh recognize the need to provide sustainable and resilient urban infrastructure to sustain the economic growth and address poverty and equality issues, especially in the CHT. The Plans explicitly refer to heavy investments in critical urban services like water supply, drainage sanitation and waste management, and identifies CHT as one of the priority regions. The project will be also aligned with the National Strategy for Water Supply and Sanitation (2014), and National Action Plan on Institutional and Regulatory Framework for Fecal Sludge Management (2020), which set key principles, responsibilities and regulations for the water supply and sanitation sector.

The project will incorporate the following lessons from ADB's previous urban development and water operations in Bangladesh: (i) apply a holistic multisector approach to maximize investments effectiveness, sustainability, and efficiency; (ii) incorporate disaster- and climate-resilient designs; (iii) strengthen governance and local government capacity in sustainable O&M; (iv) ensure high quality and readiness at entry to avoid implementation delays; (v) raise awareness and strong community commitment for sustainable outcomes; and (vi) mainstream gender equality and social inclusion (GESI) dimensions based on experiences in implementing GESI action plans

Impact Access for all to adequate, safe and affordable basic services including water, sanitation, and waste management ensured (Eighth Five-Year Plan 2021-2025)
Outcome Access to safely managed, sustainable, inclusive, and resilient drinking water supply, sanitation, and SWM services improved in the project area.
Outputs

Climate-resilient and inclusive drinking water supply, sanitation, and SWM infrastructure developed and/or upgraded.

Capacity, governance, and awareness of institutions and local communities in climate-resilient, sustainable, and inclusive urban services strengthened.

Quality, readiness, and resilience of water supply and sanitation projects in Cumilla and Ishwardi clusters, economic zones, Khagrachari pourashava, and coastal towns improved.

Geographical Location Nation-wide, Bandarban, Lama, Rangamati
Safeguard Categories
Environment B
Involuntary Resettlement B
Indigenous Peoples B
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 A project management unit (PMU) will be established in DPHE for overall project management and implementation. A project implementation unit in each pourashava and HDC will be responsible for project implementation at the local level with support from PMU.20. A project management unit (PMU) will be established in DPHE for overall project management and implementation. A project implementation unit in each pourashava and HDC will be responsible for project implementation at the local level with support from PMU.
Procurement A project management unit (PMU) will be established in DPHE for overall project management and implementation. A project implementation unit in each pourashava and HDC will be responsible for project implementation at the local level with support from PMU.
Responsible ADB Officer Di Mario, Luca
Responsible ADB Department South Asia Department
Responsible ADB Division Urban Development and Water Division, SARD
Executing Agencies
Department of Public Health Engineering
DPHE Bhaban, 14 Shaheed Captain Mansur
Ali Sarani, Kakrail
Dhaka, Bangladesh
Timetable
Concept Clearance 26 Nov 2021
Fact Finding 01 Apr 2022 to 13 Apr 2022
MRM 07 Jul 2022
Approval -
Last Review Mission -
Last PDS Update 29 Nov 2021

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