The recent completion of the first phase of the water distribution Public-Private Partnership (PPP) project in Purbachal New Town marked a significant milestone setting a new standard for future PPP initiatives in the country.
On February 2, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina declared the project’s Commercial Operations Date (COD) in a virtual ceremony which represents the first instance of direct private sector participation in the water sector in Bangladesh.
The Purbachal New Town Project (PNTP), being developed by RAJUK, is set to become the largest planned township in Bangladesh. Spanning a massive 6,227 acres, the project is divided into 30 sectors and will offer a total of 25,016 residential plots ranging from 3 to 10 katha, as well as numerous commercial, administrative, institutional, and educational plots.
With eight high-rise apartment blocks, eight blocks for low-income groups, two government housing complexes, and five RAJUK office and residential complexes, PNTP will provide ample housing options for a diverse range of people.
The Purbachal New Town Project (PNTP) has already handed over approximately 16,000 residential plots to their owners, with significant demand for water supply facilities from the residents. The Regulatory Authority of Bangladesh (RAJUK) has been working tirelessly to construct and develop reliable water supply facilities in the area to ensure residents have access to potable water. Recognising the vital importance of water supply facilities, RAJUK has undertaken a PPP project to develop them in the PNTP area.
The project will develop a water supply system along the 320 km road network of PNTP, with a design capacity of 340 MLD. The construction time for the project is four years, with an additional 11 years for operation and maintenance. The project will be implemented in four phases, and Chinese United Water Corporation and Delcot Water Limited will jointly implement it.