Introduction of Sindh Water Sector Improvment Project Phase – I (WSIP-I)

Water Sector Improvement Project Phase – I (WSIP – I) would cover jurisdiction of 3 AWBs. Total Cost of the Project is US$ 175 Million with World Bank share US$ 150.2 Million and GoS share US$ 24.8 Million. Project period is 5 years July 1, 2007 to April 30, 2013.The project objective is to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of irrigation water distribution in three AWBs (Ghotki, Nara and Left Bank), particularly with respect to measures of reliability, equity and user satisfaction. This would be achieved byDeepening and broadening the institution reforms that are already underway in Sindh.Improving the irrigation system in a systematic way covering key hydraulic infrastructure, main and branch canals, and distributaries and minors.

Enhancing long-term sustainability of irrigation system through participatory irrigation management and developing institutions for improving operation and maintenance of the system and cost recovery.

The improved water management would lead to increased agricultural production, employment and incomes over area about 1.837 million ha or more than 30 percent of the irrigated area in Sindh, and one of the poorest regions of the country

Expected project outcomes would include
Improved efficiency for water delivery and reduced water logging.

Greater equity in the distribution of water and management of water delivery through stakeholder participation

Improved financial sustainability resulting from rehabilitation of infrastructure and increased cost recovery from users, and (iv) increased agricultural production and incomes for estimated 4.0 million beneficiaries within the project area.

Direct quantifiable project benefits would include annual incremental agricultural production with estimated value of Rs. 3.4 billion (June 2006 prices) and creation of additional 4.39 million workdays per year of farm labor at full development due to increased cropping intensity and yields.

Indirect and non-quantifiable benefits would include reduced drainage requirements; reduced soil salinity risks; reduced incidence of stagnant pools of water and decrease in mosquito-borne disease; and reduced negative impact of water logging on buildings and roads.

Project components
Component A Community Development and Capacity Building (SIDA, AWBs, FOs) (US$ 10 Million).

Component B Rehabilitation and Improvement of Irrigation and Drainage System. 172 Distributaries/ Minors, 26 Branch Canals and 7 Main Canals in three AWB (US$ 139.8 Million)

Component C Management Plan of Major I&D infrastructure. Feasibility Studies of 3 Barrages and preparation of Flood Management Plan Left Bank River Indus (US$ 12.0 Million).

Component D Monitoring & Evaluation of Project Impact and Environmental Management Plan (US$ 4.2 Million)

Component E Project Coordination, Monitoring, Technical Assistance and Training (US$ 9.0 Million)