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Project Progress

Overall Progress (up to December 2017)

Consultant's activity & Tasks:

The consultant’s contract was signed on 31 May, and the national experts mobilized in June. The team leader and few other international experts joined in July.

The Consultant submitted the Inception Report on 14 August which was followed by a workshop held on 11 September, 2017 at BWDB Conference Room. The final version of the Inception Report has been submitted on 27 September 2017, incorporating the comments received. Apart from initial procurements and preparations, the overall physical progress so far is small (no graph shown yet). But activities related to all tasks have started in full swing without any hurdles. The consultant service include four majortasks. The progress up to last quarter pictured below at a glance.

Task
Major activities
Progress during the     quarter
Task 1:  
A. Preparation of IWMP for four subprojects.
B. Preparation of feasibility studies for two areas in Gopalganj district
(i) Preparation of IWMP for two subprojects (Purulia-Charbhatpara & Bamankhali-Barnali)  is to be implemented under additional financing;
(ii) IWMP for two subprojects (Arol Beel & Sunamukhi-Banmander is to be prepared for implementation by future projects.
(iii) Feasibility Study be prepared to address drainage congestion in Tungipara and Kotalipara Upazilas of Gopalganj district
(i) Contour maps have been prepared based on topo surveys of 1964. Satellite datasets have been procured and DEM has been prepared for better (high-resolution) contour maps and land/ flood-depth classification. Quotations are being obtained for topographical surveys of khals and embankments. TOR for the Household survey has been prepared and quotations are being obtained.
(ii) Same, except for satellite datasets and DEM
(iii) More reconnaissance has been done. Receding flood levels have been monitored in five stations the period October-December ’17. Cost estimate and TOR for outsourcing of FS has been drafted for internal discussion. Area map has been prepared showing existing projects.
Task 2: 
A. WMO/SIP development in nine subproject areas, and
B. follow-up capacity development of existing WMOs in the Narail and  Chenchuri Beel subproject areas
For nine implementation    subprojects:
(i) Support of social mobilization for formation of WMOs
(ii)Institutional capacity development of WMOs, including WMO operation, O&M of structures, agriculture, fisheries, business development, livelihood improvement, and income generation activities
(iii) SIP preparation in 9 subprojects planned for implementation consisting 22 Sub Units (WMA areas).
For Narail and Chenchuri    Beel subprojects:
(i) Follow-up institutional capacity development of WMOs
(ii) Support WMOs for operationalize the annual O&M fund collection system
For implementation    subprojects
(i) Household survey for Kalidaskhali-Arpara subproject area has been completed[1]. 50 WMGs have been    converted into 114 WMGs and boundaries have been reconfirmed in the field[2]. 21 Union-level meetings    have been held and 21 WMO Foundation Committees have been formed for   reconfirmation    of consent of WMOs for rehabilitation work[3].
(ii) This activity is starting-up.
(iii) Initial CAPs are being facilitated in batch-1 areas. SMSs are supporting facilitators in the field for SIP formulation in batch-1 areas. MOU with DAE and DOF awaits approval of respective departments.
For existing WMOs in    Narail and Chenchuri Beel subprojects
(i) WMG performance assessment    was done last quarter, and plans are implemented for each facilitator to    improve the WMG performance of his/her specific WMG.[4] They relate to   production of certified seed through contracts with commercial companies,    sale of fish/ shrimp on the international market through a commercial agent,    sale of honey, vermi-compost, etc.
(ii) The concerned 14 WMAs realized O&M savings of BDT 0.6 million per year, and they paid for preventive maintenance as well as emergency repairs of regulator and embankment.
    
Task 3: 
Rehabilitation and construction of water management infrastructure in the nine subproject areas
(i) Detailed design
(ii) Support for tender procedures
(iii) Preparation and update of resettlement plans
(iv)Construction supervision, including monitoring of the environment management plan and resettlement plan implementation
(v) Preparation of O&M and LCS manuals
(i) PMO handed to ISPMC topo-survey data for about 100 km of R/E of khal, of which 33 km were outside batch-1 area. ISPMC completed designs for R/E for about 45 km.[5]    Designs for 1 km unforeseen RBP at Purulia-Charbhatpara subproject has been    approved by BWDB. Approval of tender document by ADB is awaited.
(ii) ISPMC supported PMO with drafting section 6 of tender document.(iii) Does not apply yet
(iv)Same
(v)Same
    
Task 4:  
Supporting institutional capacity strengthening of BWDB and supporting agencies for participatory water resources planning and management
(i) Training (abroad) for BWDB and line agencies,
(ii) Upgrading MIS (BWDB) and Database (WMOs)
(iii) Capacity development support for OWCM and Audit Directorate of BWDB
(i) A group of 15 participants went on study tour to Thailand and Vietnam for two weeks in the context of WMO development
(ii) Initial findings about Database and MIS have been laid down in draft mission report[6]
 (iii) Preliminary staffing    assessment has been prepared for OCWM and DoA and discussed with DG and ADGs    during previous quarter. This activity has now been put on hold.[7]
        


Financial Progress:

The below table shows the year wise expenditure and percentage in relation to the total DPP cost estimate.

Descriptions

Total (In Lakh Taka)

GOB (In Lakh Taka)

PA (RPA)

Project Cost

48210.00

7858.13

40351.87 (35520.28)

Cumulative Progress up to    June 2017

2009.21

678.74

1330.50 (1230.50)

ADP allocation of FY    2017-18

7000.00

675.00

1340 (1240) 

Progress during quarter    July-September 2017

680.85

255.02

425.83(128.21)

Progress during quarter    October – December 2017

818.29

291.26

527.03 (377.92)

Cumulative Progress up to    December 2017

3,508.35

1,225.05

2,283.43 (1,736.63)

Financial progress achieved up to December 2017 is Tk. 3508.35 lacs, i.e. 7.28%, see figure below.  Physical progress is 10.05%, up by 1.7% from last quarter.


Tender Progress:

Target of Tender for this financial year is 12 nos package. Out of 12 nos package tender invited for 8 nos package & 1 no package contract awarded.

WMO Development Progress:

 Water Management Organisations will be established in the sevenimplementation areas of the project: Beel Sukunia, Kandor-Daduria Beel,Alfadanga-Boalmari, Chatler-Fakurhat, Kalidaskhali-Arpara, and Horai River.They will be involved in the formulation of Subunit Implementation Plans, whichis part and parcel of the WMO development strategy: the so-called SouthwestModel in one-go.

Batch-1 comprised six subproject areas with nine subunits (=WMA areas) containing 50 WMGs. It became necessary to re-group the WMGs into smaller units because of higher than expected population. This has resulted in a new delineation of 114 WMG areas, which was a serious increase of the work load.

Facilitators have completed the household survey in Kalidaskhali-Arpara – the last of seven subproject areas that was to be surveyed. All survey data are being computerised for interpretation.

A total of 21 out of 26 Union-level meetings have been held and a corresponding number of 21 WMO Foundation Committees have been formed in batch-1 area. Five Unions could not be attended because of local elections and these will be tackled soon.

27 out of 114  WMG Ad-Hoc Committees have been established who will (i) promote WMG membership, (ii) draft By-laws and (iii) form an Election Committee.

Membership enrolment increased from 0 in November to 317 in December, of whom  171 female (54%). At the time of writing of the report (mid January 2018) the figures have increased to total of 4,915 of which 3,124 female members. The target for batch-1 is 47,631 members with 14,289 female (30%), see Figure below.

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