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.
Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB)
Mr. Chuanzhi Su
Project Team Leader/Senior Investment Operations Specialist
Tel: +86 10 8358 0176
Mr. IJsbrand H. de Jong
Task Team Leader/Lead Water Resources Specialist
Tel: +91 11 4924 7843
Ms. Bandana Preyashi
Department of Economic Affairs, Ministry of Finance, Republic of India
Mr. Debasish SenGupta
Irrigation & Waterways Department, Government of West Bengal
Tel: +91 94 3321 6743
ACCOUNTABILITY MECHANISM OF AIIB
In addition, the AIIB has a Bank Oversight Mechanism. According to AIIB's policies, "people who believe they have been or are likely to be adversely affected by a failure of the Bank to implement the ESP may also submit complaints to the Bank's oversight mechanism in accordance with the policies and procedures to be established by the Bank for such mechanism." However, at the time of writing, it is unclear what the exact scope and function of this Oversight Mechanism will be.