Duration: December, 2001-March, 2003 Rural transport improvement project (rtip) – project preparation consultancy

Description:

The Government of Bangladesh requested the International Development Association (IDA) to assist in preparing and implementing a prioritized programme of Rural Infrastructure under Rural Roads & Markets Improvement and Maintenance Project (RRMIMP-1) covering areas in Greater Districts of Rajshahi, Bogra and Pabna commenced during the year 1989, 2 years after it was approved and completed in 1997. A Second Rural Roads & Markets Improvement and Maintenance Project (RRMIMP-2) covering areas in 14 districts of Bangladesh started in 1996.

RTIP was the continuation of the previous two projects. It had two phases, one was Project Preparation and other was Engineering Design and Preparation of Bidding Documents. Project components include:

Improvement and upgradation of 300 km Feeder Road “A” excluding major structures; Improvement and upgrading of 900 km Feeder Road “B” excluding major structures; Construction of 2,400 m Bridges/Culverts on Feeder Roads; Construction of 1,800 m Bridges/Culverts on other Feeder Roads; Construction of Drainage structures (20,000 m) on Rural Roads (SRR) (all over the country); Improvement and upgrading of 800 km Rural Roads (Union Parishad connecting important R1 roads); 750 km Feeder Road Maintenance; Rehabilitation/construction of River Jetties (45 nos.), Construction of 150 nos. UP Office Complex; Improvement of social road safety management; Improvement of 150 nos. Growth Centre Market (GCM), Environmental component (Road site Tree Plantation, Bio-gas plant in the GCM and Flood Refuge Centre) (600 km); Land Acquisition and Resettlement; and Extension of office and laboratory facilities (21 nos.)

Services:

Phase 1: Project Preparation – Feasibility study; identification of bridges and culverts needed to be constructed; Preparation of selection criteria and participatory methodology for important rural roads, structures on them, markets and growth centers; Suggest sustainable pavement design; Economic evaluation and; environmental impact assessment.

Phase II: Engineering Design – Carried out survey for land acquisition, prepared and submitted Land Acquisition Plan; Carried out site surveys (including hydrological and geo-technical); Prepared detail engineering design, cost estimates and bidding documents.

Funding agency: International Development Association (IDA)