The World Bank has approved US$47.50 million to improve water, sanitation, and drainage infrastructure in Chittagong, with the aim of helping about 650,000 inhabitants of Bangladesh’s second largest city gain access to safe and reliable water.
This financing will help the Chittagong Water Supply and Sewerage Authority (CWASA) continue to build water treatment plant, transmission and distribution networks and improve water distribution infrastructure, as well as prepare sanitation and drainage master plans for the city.
“Only about half of the people in the Chittagong metropolitan area can access piped water and inadequate sewerage and drainage infrastructure adds to the city’s water-logging problem,” said Qimiao Fan, World Bank Country Director for Bangladesh, Bhutan, and Nepal. “To meet increasing demand, the World Bank is committed to helping expand and improve the supply of safe water, sanitation and drainage services in the city. This helps everyone, including marginalised slum dwellers.”
The project will construct the Modunaghat Water Treatment Plant and Patenga Booster Pumping Station, as well as a major water transmission system from Kalurghat to the Patenga Booster Pumping Station to expand production capacity and improve distribution. The new financing will help 27,000 homes access reliable water supply, by installing 10,000 new piped household connections and rehabilitating 17,000 existing connections.
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“Between 1990 and 2015, a further 65 million people in Bangladesh gained access to safe water,” said Soma Ghosh Mollick, World Bank Team Leader for the project. “Yet less than a third of the urban population has piped water, and the supply is often unreliable and intermittent. Major cities like Chittagong face a growing population but have inadequate water infrastructure and service delivery capacity. This project will significantly improve the city’s water, sanitation and drainage services as well as support CWASA’s institutional development.”
To complete the remaining construction work, the project closing date is being extended from December 2018 to March 2020. With this additional financing, World Bank support to the project now stands at US$218.50 million.