West Bengal Major Irrigation and Flood Management Project (AIIB-000054)

  • India
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Financial Institutions
  • Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB)
  • World Bank (WB)
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Voting Date
Dec 12, 2019
Date when project documentation and funding is reviewed by the Board for consideration and approval. Some development banks will state a "board date" or "decision date." When funding approval is obtained, the legal documents are accepted and signed, the implementation phase begins.
Republic of India
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  • Water and Sanitation
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Investment Type(s)
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Investment Amount (USD)
$ 145.00 million
Value listed on project documents at time of disclosure. If necessary, this amount is converted to USD ($) on the date of disclosure. Please review updated project documents for more information.
Loan Amount (USD)
$ 145.00 million
Value listed on project documents at time of disclosure. If necessary, this amount is converted to USD ($) on the date of disclosure. Please review updated project documents for more information.
Project Cost (USD)
$ 413.00 million
Value listed on project documents at time of disclosure. If necessary, this amount is converted to USD ($) on the date of disclosure. Please review updated project documents for more information.
Primary Source

Original disclosure @ AIIB website

Updated in EWS Jun 22, 2023

Disclosed by Bank Mar 21, 2019

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Project Description
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The project aims to optimize the joint use of surface and ground water for agriculture and reduce flooding. It hopes to improve irrigation and agriculture in the Damodar Valley Command Area and reduce flooding in the Lower Damodar subbasin area.

The project consists of the following four components:

1) Irrigation Modernization.  The investment would include: (i) improving water conveyance and allocation and increasing storage potential; and (ii) strengthening institutions that are responsible for irrigation management.

2) Water Resources Management. The investment would mitigate flooding hotspots by carrying out channel desilting works, flow regulation structure modification and embankment reconstruction at key locations. In close collaboration with the World Bank-funded Dam Rehabilitation and Improvement Project, the investment would also include measures to strengthen forecasting and analysis capability to improve dam operation and water storage management in upstream reservoirs. 

3) Command Area Development. This component includes infrastructure development, capacity strengthening, and institutional reforms for improving irrigation at tertiary command level.

4) Project Management and Institutional Development. This component would support strengthening of the capacity for project management of both the IWD and the Project Management Unit on financial management, procurement, etc.

The World Bank will be the lead co-financier of this project and its environmental and social safeguard policies will apply.

The expected project implementation period is September 2018 – September 2025.

Investment Description
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Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB)
Mr. Chuanzhi Su
Project Team Leader/Senior Investment Operations Specialist
Tel: +86 10 8358 0176
E-Mail: csu@aiib.org

World Bank
Mr. IJsbrand H. de Jong
Task Team Leader/Lead Water Resources Specialist
Tel: +91 11 4924 7843
E-Mail: idejong@worldbank.org

Ms. Bandana Preyashi
Department of Economic Affairs, Ministry of Finance, Republic of India
E-Mail: bandana.preyashi@gov.in

Implementation Agency
Mr. Debasish SenGupta
Joint Secretary
Irrigation & Waterways Department, Government of West Bengal
Tel: +91 94 3321 6743
E-Mail: jsworkswbiwd@gmail.com


The AIIB has established the Accountability Mechanism for Project-Affected People (PPM).  The PPM provides “an opportunity for an independent and impartial review of submissions from Project-affected people who believe they have been or are likely to be adversely affected by AIIB’s failure to implement the ESP in situations when their concerns cannot be addressed satisfactorily through Project level GRMs or AIIB Management processes.” Two or more project-affected people can file a complaint.  Under the current AIIB policy, when the bank co-finances a project with another development bank, it may apply the other bank's standards. You can refer to the Project Summary Information document to find out which standards apply.  You can learn more about the PPM and how to file a complaint at: https://www.aiib.org/en/about-aiib/who-we-are/project-affected-peoples-mechanism/how-we-assist-you/index.html.

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