ADB approved a multitranche financing facility (MFF) for the Punjab Irrigated Agriculture Investment Program for $900 million in December 2006 (reduced to $700 million in 2011 following amendment in MFF). Three tranches of total $538 million were approved. The proposed tranche is fourth and last tranche (T4), will meet $26.6 million cost overruns in T1 and remains within the MFF balance of $162 million. The T4 is classified category C for environment, involuntary resettlement, and indigenous peoples safeguards. The climate change classification is Medium as the region experienced recurring major flood events and may face future water stress. For knowledge solutions, groundwater management plan is developed in the project.
PROJECT RATIONALE AND LINKAGE TO COUNTRY/REGIONAL STRATEGY
The infrastructure has seriously deteriorated due to (i) age (much is nearly 100 years old); (ii) no asset management planning; and (iii) chronic underfunding and ineffective implementation of O&M.; The poor condition of some large infrastructure poses serious risks, yet the deteriorated system more generally means unreliable irrigation service delivery, particulary to the tail ends of the canals. Farmers have adapted to unreliable and inadequate canal water by developing private tubewells.
Increased agricultural production and farm income in Lower Bari Doab Canal (LBDC) command area.
Loan 3351-PAK: Punjab Irrigated Agriculture Investment Program Tranche 4
Ordinary capital resources US$ 26.57 million
ACCOUNTABILITY MECHANISM OF ADB
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Responsible ADB Officer Zafar, Asad A.
Responsible ADB Department Central and West Asia Department
Responsible ADB Division Pakistan Resident Mission
Punjab Irrigation Department
c/o Superintending Engineer
Link Canal Circle, Canal Bank
Mughalpur, Lahore, Pakistan