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Uzbekistan, Rep. of LOAN: UZB 35496-01

Western Uzbekistan Rural Water Supply Project
Missions
Loan Approval Date
Estimated Completion Date
Cost and Financing Plan
Description
Development Objectives
Thematic Classification
Poverty Classification
Rationale
Objectives and Scope
Policy Dialogue
Environment Category
Env't Impact and Mitigation
Social Aspects and Remedies
Benefits and Beneficiaries
Public Consultation
Beneficiary Participation in Formulation
Beneficiary Participation in Implementation
Consulting Services
Procurement
Contacts
Remarks
Location
rural communities in Karakalpakstan and Khorezm
Sector
Social Infrastructure /Water Supply and Sanitation
Initial Listing
2 January 2002
Most Recent Update
14 June 2002
Executing Agency(ies)
  • Ministry of Macroeconomics and Statistics

  • Missions

    TA Fact-Finding Loan Fact-Finding Pre-Appraisal Appraisal

    4-25 Feb 2002 TBD
    Loan Approval Date
    2 May 2002
    Estimated Completion Date
    September 2005
    Cost and Financing Plan (in US$ million)

    Source Foreign Cost Local Cost Total
    Bank 37.00 1.00 38.00
    Cofinancing 0.00 27.00 27.00
    Borrower 0.00 0.00 0.00
    Beneficiaries 0.00 0.00 0.00
    Others 0.00 0.00 0.00
    Project/Program Cost 37.00 28.00 65.00

      OCR ADF Total
    Loan Amount 38.00 0.00 38.00

    Description
    The Project will provide urgently needed assistance in response to the worsening consequences of drought during the past two years in the Aral Sea area of northwest Uzbekistan covering the autonomous Republic of Karakalpakstan (Karakalpakstan) and the province of Khorezm. It will be a part of a wide-ranging package of projects under the Government's Aral Sea Drought Relief Program that is being funded by international development agencies to support the communities in the Aral Sea drought disaster area. The Project will improve potable water supply and provide support to sanitation and personal hygiene practices to about 700,000 rural population in the project area of whom over 60 percent are poor. The Project will also support long-term sustainable water supply management by introducing water conservation measures, educating the public on the value of water, and promoting health awareness campaigns. To better address the needs of beneficiaries of the Project, a participatory approach will be adopted when formulating and designing subprojects under the Project. Thereafter, the beneficiaries will be involved in implementation.
    Thematic Classification
    Human Development
    Poverty Classification
    Core Poverty Intervention
    Rationale
    Karakalpakstan and Khorezm are located in the driest part of Uzbekistan. Over the last three decades, the drying up of the Aral Sea has further aggravated the water shortage problem. Since mid-2000, Karakalpakstan and Khorezm have been suffering from the worst drought in 100 years. About 90 percent of the rice crop and 75 percent of the cotton crop were lost in 2000 and 2001. Many families in the rural communities have lost direct access to safe drinking water and their main source of income from agriculture. Women and children are often required to fetch water from distant alternative sources. Drinking water, where available, is often contaminated or of poor quality exposing the population to high risks of waterborne diseases and carcinogenic and immunological problems. The water shortage situation needs to be addressed urgently as the condition has deteriorated rapidly since the onset of the current drought. The Government has embarked on a program for short-term humanitarian relief and medium- to long-term water resource management and has sought ADB's assistance in carrying out the program that is supported by various multilateral and bilateral aid agencies. The Project will alleviate human suffering from the drought and will strengthen the institutional capacity to manage scarce water resources in a sustainable manner. The Project will allow ADB to play a key role in the joint effort by international aid agencies to assist the Government in combating the water shortage and drought problems in the poorest part of the country.

    Objectives and Scope
    The main objective of the Project is to improve the living and health conditions in the rural communities in Karakalpalstan and Khorezm. The Project will mitigate the ongoing effects of the drought by providing safe and easily accessible water supply, minimizing water wastage, and improving health conditions through supporting the provision of sanitation facilities and encouraging better hygiene practices. The Project will also strengthen institutional capacity for potable water resource management to ensure Government's water supply program in the Aral Sea area is sustainable. The Project comprises three parts: potable water supply, water conservation and health improvement, and capacity building. Potable water supply includes the development of new systems and rehabilitation and upgrading of existing facilities. The aim is to expand the supply of potable water in districts from a minimum of 12 percent to 85 percent, reduce unaccounted-for-water losses from over 50 percent to 30 percent, increase supply efficiency of bulk water and service delivery, and lower unit costs of production. Water conservation and health improvement includes introduction of water conservation measures, improvements to the sanitation facilities in schools and clinics, and promotion of water and sanitation related health awareness. Capacity building includes support for project management and institutional strengthening on water supply management. The Project will adopt a flexible approach where subprojects will be selected, planned, and implemented during Project implementation. The Project will include social measures to identify and mobilize community participation in subproject planning and implementation, monitoring of demand, and education on the value of water.

    Policy Dialogue

    Environment Category: B

    Environment Impact and Mitigation

    Social Aspects and Remedies

    Benefits and Beneficiaries
    The Project will directly benefit about 700,000 rural population in Karakalpakstan and Khorezm, who are suffering from the lack of safe drinking water that has been worsened by the current drought. The majority of the beneficiaries are poor. Increased and more stable supply of potable water and sanitation facilities will improve the health and general welfare of the beneficiaries, in particular the vulnerable groups who are unable to afford coping mechanisms such as bottled water.

    Public Consultation
    1. Arranged by
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    Beneficiary Participation in Formulation

    Beneficiary Participation in Implementation

    Consulting Services
    The Project will require 254 person-months of consulting services (32 person-months of international and 222 person-months of domestic) for potable water resource management, subproject selection, procurement advice, financial management, detailed engineering design, project management, community participation and health awareness development. Consultants will be engaged in accordance with ADB's Guidelines on the Use of Consultants based on the Quality and Cost-based Selection Method and other arrangements satisfactory to ADB for the engagement of domestic consultants.

    Procurement
    The procurement of goods and services to be financed by the ADB loan will be undertaken in accordance with ADB's Guidelines for Procurement. International competitive bidding procedures will be applied for supply contracts estimated to cost the equivalent of $500,000 or more, and civil works contracts valued at over $1.0 million. Supply contracts with a value of $500,000 equivalent or less will follow international shopping procedures except for supply contracts with a value of $100,000 equivalent or less, which may be procured by direct purchase or local competitive bidding, as applicable. Civil works contracts valued at $1.0 million equivalent or less will be carried out under local competitive bidding.

    Contacts
    Bank
    Amy S.P. Leung
    Social Sector Unit Head
    PRCM
    Tel. No.: (632) 632-5521
    E-mail: mailto:%20aleung@adb.org

    Executing Agency
    Ministry of Macroeconomics and Statistics
    Contact Person : Rustam S. Azimov, Deputy Prime Minister
    Tel. No. : 998-71-139 8669/132 6414/139 8084
    Fax. No. : 998-71-139 8674/39
    E-mail :
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    Remarks

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