The additional financing will scale up the project that is performing well, by supporting water supply systems improvement in chronic kidney disease-affected areas, and improving local infrastructure and basic services delivery and advancing local government policy reform and capacity strengthening in Pradeshiya Sabhas not supported previously.
PROJECT RATIONALE AND LINKAGE TO COUNTRY/REGIONAL STRATEGY
Sri Lanka has three types of local authorities under nine provincial councils: (i) municipal councils constituted in cities and large towns, (ii) urban councils for less urbanized areas, and (iii) Pradeshiya Sabhas (local authorities) in peri-urban and rural areas. To respond to the need to improve basic infrastructure and services provided by local authorities, the Asian Development Bank (ADB) approved the Local Government Infrastructure Improvement Project in 2005. The infrastructure improvement project supported subprojects for water supply, roads, drainage and sewerage, and other municipal facilities such as public libraries, health care centers, and office buildings, under a bottom up, demand-driven approach that follows the priorities set out by local authorities, and improves the financial management capacity of these authorities. One limitation of the infrastructure improvement project was that financial constraints prevented participation by poor and financially weak Pradeshiya Sabhas, which thus were unable to benefit. The current project, which was approved in 2011, expanded the infrastructure improvement project's interventions by targeting poorer Pradeshiya Sabhas to improve basic service delivery in less-developed areas in seven of the nine provinces (excluding the Northern and Eastern provinces). The subprojects selected under the current project reflect the needs of the local people and are implemented by local authorities, who will remain responsible for operation and maintenance (O&M;) of the assets that are being built.
Local authorities' capacity financially and technically strengthened in less-developed areas of seven provinces in Sri Lanka (defined by project).
All consultants will be recruited according to ADB's Guidelines on the Use of Consultants (2013, as amended from time to time). An estimated 711 person-months (24 international, 687 national) of consulting services are required to (i) facilitate project management and implementation, (ii) carry out feasibility studies, detailed engineering designs, and construction supervision, and (iii) undertake validation and entry of local authorities' data with respect to tax and licenses. Two packages of consulting firms (36 person months) will be engaged using the quality- and cost-based selection (QCBS) method with a standard quality:cost ratio of 80:20 under the current loan and to be extended to Additional Financing. Another 5 Packages (4 DSC and 1 PMC, 675 person-months including 651 national and 24 international) will be recruited through single source selection (SSS) method, since the additional financing project is continuing with the original project activities in non-stop nature and the present consultants has satisfactory performance. A few individual consultants (114 person months) will also be engaged to support project management.
All procurement of goods and works will be undertaken in accordance with ADB's Procurement Guidelines (2015, as amended from time to time). International competitive bidding (ICB) procedures will be used for civil works contracts estimated to cost $ 15 million or more, and supply contracts valued at $2 million or higher. National competitive bidding (NCB) procedures will be used for civil works contracts worth less than $15 million, and supply contracts worth less than $2 million. Shopping will be used for contracts for procurement of works and equipment worth less than $100,000. All contracts will be less than the above threshold for ICB. No contracts under the project are expected to be above the NCB threshold. Post review (sampling) will apply to contracts for works less than $2.0 million and those for goods less than $0.4 million
ACCOUNTABILITY MECHANISM OF ADB
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Responsible ADB Officer Huang, Jingmin
Responsible ADB Department South Asia Department
Responsible ADB Division Sri Lanka Resident Mission
Executing Agencies Ministry of Provincial Councils & Local Government
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