The Government of Punjab, through its “Local Government & Community Development Department (LG&CDD)” intends to implement “Punjab Rural Sustainable Water Supply and Sanitation Project (PRSWSSP)” in 16 tehsils/districts of the province with the proposed assistance of the World Bank (WB). In line with the national/provincial as well as WB safeguard requirements; and to address potentially negative environmental and social impacts of the Project, the LG&CDD has conducted an environmental and social assessment of the proposed activities. As an outcome of this assessment, this Environmental and Social Management Framework (ESMF) has been prepared. ESMF will be applicable to all the schemes/sub-projects under the Project to make them environmentally sustainable and socially acceptable.
In Punjab, target area is 2000 villages in 16 districts including: Khushab, Mianwali, Sargodha, Chakwal, Bhakkar, Pakpattan, Chiniot, Jhang, Rajanpur, Rahim Yar Khan, DG Khan, Lodhran, Bahawalpur, Muzzafargarh, Bahawalnagar and Multan.
The Project has four components as briefly described below; and its Project Development Objective (PDO) is to “Provide equitable and sustainable access to safely managed water and sanitation and reduce child stunting”.
- COMPONENT 1: Water Supply and Sanitation Infrastructure Development (US$ 467.1 million)
- COMPONENT 2: Behavior Change and Capacity Development (US$ 15.4 million)
- COMPONENT 3: Service delivery Improvement (US$ 50 million)
- COMPONENT 4: Project Management and Monitoring (US$ 14.4 million)