According to the AIIB, the general objective of the project is to improve access and enhance operational efficiency (through reduction in losses) and capacity of the distribution system in select regions.
Bangladesh Rural Electrification Board, one of the major energy sector state-owned entities in Bangladesh, is responsible for extending electricity distribution services to the country's rural areas. The entity, through its 80 rural electricity clusters, the "Palli Bidyut Samities" (PBSs), organized under eight divisions, collectively serves more than 77 percent of the country's electricity consumers. Out of 80 PBSs, Rajshahi and Rangpur divisions have 21 "Palli Bidyut Samities" that provide services to around 8.4 million consumers (including industrial and commercial users).
Considering the socio-economic development and the Government of Bangladesh's target to develop multiple Special Economic Zones in the country's northwestern part, BREB anticipates an increase in consumer demand for reliable electricity supply in Rajshahi and Rangpur divisions. In order to (i) cater to the expected additional demand, (ii) decongest the network, and (iii) reduce distribution losses, BREB has initiated this project to increase the capacity and modernize the distribution network in Rajshahi and Rangpur divisions. The following activities are planned in the project scope:
- Installation and augmentation of 33/11kV 116 substations with a total capacity of 1,385 MVA;
- Construction and modernization of around 19,500 km of distribution lines;
- Installation of river-crossing towers, Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition System, and fault locators.
AIIB Team Leader:
Raqib Ahmed Chowdhury - Investment Operations Specialist
Borrower - Government of Bangladesh:
Md. Shahriar Kader Siddiky - Additional Secretary & Wing Chief (Asia, JEC, F&F), Economic Relations Division, Ministry of Finance, People’s Republic of Bangladesh
Implementing Agency - Bangladesh Rural Electrification Board:
ACCESS TO INFORMATION
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ACCOUNTABILITY MECHANISM OF AIIB
The AIIB has established the Accountability Mechanism for Project-Affected People (PPM). The PPM provides Òan 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 AIIBÕs failure to implement the ESP in situations when their concerns cannot be addressed satisfactorily through Project level GRMs or AIIB Management processes.Ó 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
The complaint submission form can be accessed in Arabic, Bahasa Indonesia, Bengali, Chinese, English, Tagalog, Hindi, Nepali, Russian, Turkish, or Urdu. The submission form can be found at: https://www.aiib.org/en/about-aiib/who-we-are/project-affected-peoples-mechanism/submission/index.html