The World Bank (WB) will provide $74mn to improve the e-government services and air quality of Dhaka city.
Of the amount, $39mn will be spent for the leveraging ICT for growth, employment and governance (LICTGEG) project, which aims to scale up the e-government infrastructure and services, through which all government ministries and agencies will be able to avail shared technology infrastructure for their systems and services.
Another $35mn additional funding will be used for clean air and sustainable project (SASP) to address Dhaka’s environmental, transport and traffic challenges, and help improve the capital’s air quality.
Rajashree Paralkar, World Bank’s acting country director for Bangladesh, and Mahmuda Begum, additional secretary of the economic relations division, signed the agreement yesterday.
According to World Bank officials, poor air quality in urban area creates serious health hazards, adversely affects environment and quality of life. By reducing exposure to urban air pollution by 20%, Bangladesh could save 1,200 lives annually and avoid 80mn cases of diseases.
The additional financing will help establish five additional air quality monitoring stations, in addition to the 11 monitoring stations supported by the project and a central air quality laboratory.
The financing will also help establish mobile air quality labs at all divisional offices for better monitoring and enforcement of air emissions from industrial sectors.
Further, the project will continue support to operationalise the traffic signals and address mobility needs of people with disabilities.