A Pilot Project to Integrate Heritage Buildings and Open Spaces by Mainstreaming Earthquake and Fire Risk Oriented Neighborhood Pedestrian for Connecting Green-Blue Spaces

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Total Investors

Project Overview

Development of Mymensingh city as earthquake and fire risk resilient pedestrian prioritized eco-city through conservation of heritage buildings and preservation of open spaces and water bodies by establishing inter connectivity among them:

(i) preservation of social space and heritage buildings necessary required retrofitting of heritage buildings

(ii) development of city-wide water supply system and road-side water hydrants with adequate head pressure for firefighting

(iii) widening of roads

Sectors

  • Others (Cultural Heritage, Open Space)
US$6,000,000
Funding Goal
Bangladesh
Country
Asia and the Pacific
Region

Objectives

The objectives of the project are as follows:

1) Preservation of social space and heritage buildings

2) Conservation of open spaces

3) Conservation and preservation of existing wet land

4) Development of existing neighborhood social connector including visible and invisible 05. Identify buildings vulnerable to earthquake and fire 06. Integration of neighborhood with existing risk sensitive land use plan 07. Establishment of socio-cultural green-blue connector for retrieving of emergency lifeline.

Progress Tracker

Phases

  • Phase 1 (Completed)

    Conceptualization and Planning (2011-2016)

  • Phase 2

    Construction of basic infrastructure like circulation Network(440 km), development of fire-fighting System(62 no of Hydrant, 15 Pumping Station), development of Services and Facilities(15 Public Toilet, kiosk, Fencing of 5 km area, 127.23 km water pipe line)

  • Phase 3

    Improvement of social spaces and conservation of wetland (1130.43 Acre Area for conservation, Landscaping of two Parks etc)

Current Stage

Concept Stage: Specific projects are identified and conceptualized. There exists a basic economic model.

Timeline

Yes.

Project Milestones

Yes.

ESG Impact

The preserved heritage buildings of the city would promote tourism in the area. Moreover, green-blue and pedestrian development would reduce the cost of fuel resulting in low carbon emission, which would help in economic development of the city. Preservation of social space, development of existing visible and invisible neighborhood social connector would improve the quality of life of the city and ultimately promote blue-green governance of the city.

Beneficiaries

The primary beneficiaries of the project are the inhabitants of Mymensingh City Corporation and its surrounding region. The target population of the 679983.

SDG Goals

SDG 1: No PovertySDG 2: Zero HungerSDG 3: Good Health and Well-beingSDG 4: Quality EducationSDG 5: Gender EqualitySDG 6: Clean Water and SanitationSDG 7: Affordable and Clean EnergySDG 8: Decent Work and Economic GrowthSDG 9: Industry, Innovation and InfrastructureSDG 10: Reduced InequalitySDG 11: Sustainable Cities and CommunitiesSDG 12: Responsible Consumption and ProductionSDG 13: Climate ActionSDG 14: Life Below WaterSDG 15: Life on LandSDG 16: Peace and Justice Strong InstitutionsSDG 17: Partnerships to achieve the Goals

Rationale

SDG 6, 11 & 15

The initiative would make the city inclusive as retrieving of emergency lifeline would be retrieved through establishment of socio-cultural green-blue connector. The city would also be safe from the point of view of urban fire hazards and road safety through segregation of mode of traffic. As the vulnerable heritage buildings would be conserved, the city would be earthquake resilient and as a whole sustainable. Moreover, safe drinking water would be made available to the inhabitants of the city through development of frontier technology in water supply system with a view to enhance fire safety. Also conservation and preservation of water body and open spaces would radically improve the waste management system of the city.

Risks and Limitations

What are the key risks, constraints and dependencies related to the project?

The key risks, constraints and dependencies related to the project are as follow:
A) Preservation of the heritage buildings: Heritage buildings that belongs to government are possible to preserve upon consent from the competent authority, as the buildings belongs to different agencies.
B) Willingness of the municipal authority to develop such frontier technology in water supply system with special reference to fire fighting.
C) Widening of roads through segregation of motorized and non-motorized vehicle with provision of bi-cycle route and pedestrian include recovery of rights of way and also acquisition and/or willingness of the inhabitants of area to give land for road widening. Awareness building is required to this end.
D) Conservation of wetland including preservation and conservation of open spaces that belongs to private ownership are difficult. Because, acquisition of land is very difficult. Awareness building is essential for achieving the said objective.

Risk mitigation and continuity

As a new city corporation this project is essential so change in government will not effect the continuation of this project.

Financing

Type of Investment

Debt

Financing Structure

Public Private Partnership

Secured Investment

The project still at concept stage

Committed Government Funding

No

National and Subnational Investors

N/A

Committed Private Funding

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Support

Technical Support Required

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Stakeholders

Governmental Buy-in

The government will provide technical support.

Other Forms of Governmental Support

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National Ministries Involved

Director, Urban Development Directorate, Ministry of Housing and Public Works

SubNational Ministries Involved

Mayor, Mymensingh City Corporation

Other Entities Involved

N/A

Licenses and Permits

No

Updates

  • 10th February 2020

    Cities Investment Platform in progress - updates pending

  • 10th February 2020

    Project featured on the Cities Investment Platform, which was launched at the Tenth Session of the World Urban Forum (WUF10)

Supporting Documents

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