Sindh Water Sector Improvement Project is designed and being implemented to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of irrigation water distribution in the three area water boards including Nara Canal Area Water Board, Left Bank Canal Area Water Board and Ghotki Canal Area Water Board. The design of the project takes holistic view of water sector requirements of the province including institutional reforms, rehabilitation and modernization of physical infrastructure, Regional Master Planning for flood and drainage management on Left Bank of River Indus and diagnostic studies for Sukkur and Guddu Barrages in Sindh.
The project is worth 175 million US dollars mainly funded by World Bank under International Development Assistance Credit. About 80 percent of the project cost is allocated for civil works on main canals, branch canals and distributaries, whereas, the remaining amount is for operational costs of project implementation and monitoring, barrage studies, Regional Planning of Left Bank of River Indus, technical assistance and trainings. The Government of Sindh provides about 20 percent of budget for the civil works as counterpart funding.
The project is under implementation as per overall guidance and oversight of Project Steering Committee headed by Additional Chief Secretary (Dev.) Additionally, Board of Sindh Irrigation and Drainage Authority under chairmanship of Minister Irrigation/Chairman SIDA also reviews the performance of the project during its meetings and provides guidance and policy decisions. The Government of Sindh through an agreement with Food and Agriculture Organization of United Nations sought the services of FAO as Project Management Consultant/Procurement Agents mainly responsible for selection of staff and consultants and ensure the quality performance of consultants by giving feedback to the client. Transparency International is part of procurement process for works, services and staff.
In this context, the project has awarded most of its civil works and hired consultants as well as staff from market through a just, meritorious and transparent process. A total number of 46 contracts (36 NCB contracts, 03 ICB contract and 07 CBC contracts) have been awarded worth of around Rs. 10821 million. SIDA as a lead implementing agency of the project under the overall leadership of a full time Project Director is implementing the civil work contracts.
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