III. INTEGRATION OF ENVIRONMENTAL CONCERNS INTO DECISION- MAKING FOR FLOOD LOSS REDUCTION
G. Decision-making procedure for integration of projects into development planning
3. Procedural requirements for project approvalProcedural requirements for the processing and approval of water sector projects are the same as those of other development projects. Delegation of authority however varies depending on the nature and cost involvement. The sponsoring agencies (BWDB, LGED) formulate projects and submit to respective ministries for processing and approval. Initially a PCP has to be prepared by the sponsoring agency. The respective ministries send the PCP to the PC for approval. Once approval of the PCP is received then the project is formulated in a government authorized project proforma for approval by the Departmental Project Evaluation Committee. It is also mandatory for the sponsoring ministry to send copies of the PCP to other concerned ministries/divisions/agencies for their comments after sending the PCP to the PC.
The Planning Ministry is authorized to approve all development projects costing up to Tk.100 million. If the project cost exceeds Tk. 100 million then it is sent to the Executive Committee of National Economic Council (ECNEC) for approval. Decision-making modalities along with time frames have been shown separately for two categories of projects (up to Tk. 100 million and over Tk. 100 million) in Tables 17 and 18.
i) The Departmental Special Project Evaluation Committee (DSPEC) is the competent authority to consider and recommend a TA project for approval of the minister of the concerned ministry/division where the cost does not exceed Tk.10 million. After the approval of a TA project, the ministry/division concerned shall send copies of the approved TAPP to the sector division of the PC and the External Resources Division (ERD) for necessary action. However, any TA project which leads to or may lead to capital investment must be approved by the Special Project Evaluation Committee (SPEC) of PC irrespective of its cost, even if it is less than Tk.10 million.
ii) TA projects costing above Tk.10 million will be submitted to the Minister for Planning for approval with recommendations of SPEC of PC.
iii) Where the DSPEC/SPEC has determined that revisions to the TAPP are necessary before approval of the TAPP can be finalized, such revisions should normally be carried out and the TAPP resubmitted within a two weeks period.
iv) Should, under special circumstances, finalization of TA negotiation with a Development Partner become essential before the TAPP can be processed for approval, an "Anticipatory approval" of such a proposal may be accorded by the concerned minister as per the approval limits set out in sections (a) and (b) above. Such approval will be subject to post-facto confirmation in a subsequent meeting of SPEC/DSPEC within three months.
v) In case of TA Projects which will be implemented/executed by a sector division of the PC, or any agency under control thereof, a member other than the one concerned with the sector sponsoring the project(s) shall be the Chairman of the SPEC.
vi) Projects that require submission to the SPEC need not be considered by the DSPEC. The DSPEC/SPEC will ensure that overlapping and duplication of similar activities through other TA projects under execution is avoided and that the projects are in conformity with the plan objectives and sectoral development programmes and strategies.