World Bank Considers $72 Million Additional Financing for Sindh Barrages Project

The World Bank is thinking of providing additional funding for the “Sindh Barrages Improvement Project” totaling about $72 million in order to close the financial gap.

According to official documents, the “Second Additional Financing (AF) for the Sindh Barrages Improvement Project” is slated for consideration by the World Bank’s Board of Executive Directors next month. The project’s development goals include enhancing the Guddu barrage’s dependability and safety as well as fortifying the Sindh Irrigation Department’s ability to run and oversee the barrage.

The $326.6 million “Sindh Barrages Improvement Project” is in need of more IDA money or counterpart funding from the Sindh government in order to achieve its medium-term contractual obligations. This project has a financing gap of around $72 million. The World Bank’s official documentation disclosed that the completion of the works at Guddu and Sukkur will take longer than the scheduled project closure date of June 30, 2024, because of cumulative delays.

The project was given approval in 2015, and its intended closure date of December 22, 2020, was changed to June 30, 2024.
To make up the difference in funding needed to complete the initiatives, the AF will give an IDA credit of $71.7 million. Under this AF, no new activities have been introduced.

Component A: Guddu and Sukkur Barrages Rehabilitation

(A revised 286 million equivalent US dollars, of which $267 million is comparable IDA) was spent overall. The restoration and modernization of the Guddu and Sukkur barrages as well as related infrastructure will be funded by this component.

By making these expenditures, the barrages’ ability to pass floods will be restored in addition to increasing the dependability of the water supply to the 14 major canals that they feed. The project region has a high probability of experiencing many flood occurrences and is extremely vulnerable to drought and flooding brought on by climate change. As a result, the investments will support the development of infrastructure and project beneficiaries’ climate resilience.

The Guddu Barrage’s upkeep and restoration, as well as the structures connected to it, include…

1.all mechanical and electrical equipment replacement for gates;

2.rehabilitation of both fish ladders and concrete repairs along the upstream gate grooves;

3.taking down the existing left pocket separating wall and building a new one out of concrete caissons and steel sheet piles;

4.the strengthening of the already-existing river training works upstream and the construction of a left bank spur;

5.development of residential structures, a laboratory, a dispensary, a mosque, recreational spaces, access roads, and all necessary support infrastructure for the operation and maintenance personnel of the Guddu barrage;

6.the execution of the Guddu Barrage Environmental and Social Management Plan (with the express disclaimer that this will not include land acquisition costs, compensation for land acquired in connection with the implementation of a resettlement instrument, or monetary compensation or other cash assistance provided for involuntary relocation); and

7construction, supervision, quality control, and support for construction management consulting services.

Sukkur Barrage restoration and renovation, including the following among other things:

#gateways as well as mechanical systems;

#electrical tasks

#repairs to the canal head regulator and main barrage;

#examination and maintenance of foundations;

#dredging operations

#the supply of a dredger;

#supply of instruments and equipment for surveillance;

#building and remodeling of Sukkur Barrage operating and maintenance personnel’s offices;

Part E: Overseeing Operations

(Updated total cost: $10.50 million (IDA $7.00 million equivalent).

This component will support the additional operating costs for the Project Management Office (PMO) under the Sindh Irrigation Department and the Project Coordination and Monitoring Unit (PCMU) during the extended project implementation period. These costs will include training, monitoring and evaluation of the project’s results framework and overall project impacts, fiduciary and safeguard compliances, and an annual external audit. Technical assistance will also be provided to guide the procurement activities and track the progress of civil works.

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