$165.7m WB project to improve city water, sanitation services | The Daily Star
12:00 AM, August 11, 2008 / LAST MODIFIED: 12:00 AM, August 11, 2008

$165.7m WB project to improve city water, sanitation services

The World Bank (WB) funds a new project to improve water and sanitation services by Dhaka Water and Sewerage Authority (Dwasa), says a press release.
To improve sustainable delivery of stormwater drainage, wastewater and water services by the Dwasa, the government has initiated the 'Dhaka Water Supply and Sanitation Project' with funding from the WB.
The bank delegates completed the detailed planning for implementing the project on July 29, and later finalised the implementation arrangements for the project in consultation with Dwasa officials.
The project has three major components.
Firstly, the project will install selected stormwater pumping stations and rehabilitate selected canals to help improve drainage and minimise urban flooding.
Secondly, it will carry out rehabilitation, repair and expansion of priority investments in city's sewerage network and treatment plant to improve the urban environment.
And thirdly, the project will support Dwasa's pilot expansion of water and sanitation services into selected city slums to provide services to urban poor residing there.
The estimated total cost of the proposed project is US$165.7 million.
The WB's concessionary arm, International Development Association (IDA), will provide about US$149.0 million.
The government will cover the rest.
Dwasa will be the project implementing agency.
The proposed project has been developed in close coordination with other development partners.
It is in line with the Partnership Framework entered into between the Government of Bangladesh and five Development Partners (the Asian Development Bank, the World Bank, the Danish International Development Assistance, the Government of Japan, and the Government of Republic of Korea) on November 10, 2007.
The Partnership Framework guides a coordinated approach to the existing and planned development partner support to water, sewerage and stormwater drainage systems in Dhaka and Chittagong as well as harmonises the agreement with the government on common policy issues and actions.
The proposed project was formerly known as Dhaka Chittagong Urban Flood Mitigation and Sanitation Improvement Project.
The WB also intends to support Chittagong's water, sewerage and stormwater drainage system in conjunction with the development partners in the port city under a separate upcoming project.

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