Project Name Infrastructure Development Investment Program for Tourism - Tranche 1
Project Number 40648-023
Country India
Project Status Approved
Project Type / Modality of Assistance Loan
Source of Funding / Amount
Loan 2676-IND: Infrastructure Development Investment Program for Tourism - Tranche 1
Ordinary capital resources US$ 43.42 million
Strategic Agendas Environmentally sustainable growth
Inclusive economic growth
Drivers of Change Governance and capacity development
Sector / Subsector Transport - Urban roads and traffic management
Water and other urban infrastructure and services - Other urban services - Renovation and protection of cultural heritage
Gender Equity and Mainstreaming Effective gender mainstreaming
Description

As part of the Investment Program, the Project aims to complete subprojects under four or five different components of the Investment Program in the State of Himachal Pradeesh (Part A).

A. Component 1: Urban Infrastructure and Service Improvement

B. Component 2: Connectivity Improvement

C. Component 3: Quality Enhancement of Natural and Cultural Attractions

D. Component 4: Community-based Activities

E. Component 5: Capacity Development, Community Participation and Project Management

Project Rationale and Linkage to Country/Regional Strategy

The investment program will assist the government in achieving its targets by tapping the tourism sector's potential to contribute to sustainable and inclusive economic growth. It will respond to the urgent need for developing tourism-related infrastructure in the four participating states - Himachal Pradesh, Punjab, and Uttarakhand (the three main states of the North West Himalayan Heritage Circuit), and Tamil Nadu (the anchor state of the South Heritage Circuit) - to promote the economic potential of the tourism sector within a planned framework and address weaknesses in management capacity. These four states voluntarily sought to participate in the implementation of the road map, and the government supported their participation. The government prepared a more specific road map along with a framework for necessary policy and sector reforms for each of the four states under follow-up ADB assistance, and proposed the MFF modality to support the government's medium- and long-term goals.

While infrastructure supporting tourism is being put in place, sector reform must be carried out in parallel to attain the goals of more sustainable and inclusive tourism sector development. Key challenges include existing limitations in (i) public sector financing, (ii) sector policies on , and institutional capacities for, heritage site management; (iii) an effective enabling environment for enhanced private sector participation; (iv) operation and maintenance of tourism infrastructure; and (v) effective mechanisms to engage local communities in the tourism value chain.

The investment program includes a number of policy-driven sector reforms. The participating states are committed to making investments in the tourism sector more attractive for private sector participation. They will also propmote homestay programs and other noncommercial or semicommercial lodging alternatives, such as bed and breakfast facilities. Each state will develop a tourism policy to mainstream (i) balanced distribution of economic opportunities across the state through the promotion of community-based, tourism-related economic and livelihood activities, and ecotourism development; (ii) financial sustainability of tourism destinations and their heritage assets, and connectivity infrastructure, and (iii) policy and regulatory reforms to provide for adaptive reuse of publicly owned heritage buildings so that additional means of cost recovery are established.

The MFF modality is considered suitable for the proposed intervention because developing the capacities of the sector agencies as facilitators and regulators of tourism development will be a gradual process requiring longer-term commitments.

Impact Enhanced contribution of the tourism sector to sustainable and inclusive economic growth
Project Outcome
Description of Outcome Increased volume of domestic and international tourists to destinations within each participating state
Progress Toward Outcome Actions towards achieving the outcome are underway as explained further in the status of implementation progress of outputs below.
Implementation Progress
Description of Project Outputs

Enhanced quality of natural and cultural attractions

Greater participation by local communities in tourism-related economic activities

Improved basic urban infrastructure and services at tourist destinations and attractions

Improved connectivity

Strengthened capacity of concerned sector agencies and local communities for planning, development, management and marketing of tourist destinations and attractions

Status of Implementation Progress (Outputs, Activities, and Issues)

In Himachal Pradesh 4 of 4 contracts and in Punjab 25 of 33 contracts awarded/works are ongoing.

3 of 3 contracts awarded in Punjab under community based activities and in progress.

In Himachal Pradesh 14 of 15 contracts and in Punjab 3 of 4 contracts awarded/works are ongoing.

1 contract awarded in each state under connectivity improvement.

In Himachal Pradesh, NGO for pilot program appointed. 2 training workshop organized. 240 participants attended the workshop; out of 90 participants were women and workshop on community was also held which was attended by 120 women representatives of SHGs. In Punjab, NGO for pilot program appointed. 6 training workshop organized. 678 participants attended the workshop; out of 254 participants were women.

Geographical Location Four participating states including Himachal Pradesh, Punjab, Tamil Nadu and Uttarakhand
Safeguard Categories
Environment B
Involuntary Resettlement C
Indigenous Peoples C
Summary of Environmental and Social Aspects
Environmental Aspects No significant environmental impacts are expected. Impacts can be mitigated through proper siting, design and good construction practices. These are identified in the subproject-specific initial environmental examinations (IEEs) and environmental monitoring plans (EMPs), which are prepared in accordance with ADB's Safeguard Policy Statement (2009). A project management unit and a project management consultant are responsible for the coordination and implementation of the environmental and health and safety activities. Quarterly environmental monitoring reports are prepared. Key environmental benefits include improved on-site and off-site hygiene and sanitary conditions at tourist destinations and increased environmental awareness.
Involuntary Resettlement Subprojects are not expected to result in any physical or economic displacement due to involuntary acquisition of land, or involuntary restrictions on land use. In case of future unforeseen resettlement issues, the Safeguard Policy Statement (2009) will be followed and a resettlement framework has been prepared.
Indigenous Peoples The initial screening concluded that no indigenous peoples issues are anticipated, as defined in the Safeguard Policy Statement (2009). An indigenous peoples planning framework has been prepared for future loans, in case the indigenous peoples framework would be triggered.
Stakeholder Communication, Participation, and Consultation
During Project Design
During Project Implementation Outreach and consultation is an ongoing process during implementation.
Business Opportunities
Consulting Services All consultants will be recruited according to ADB's guidelines on the use of consultants. The indicative terms of reference for all consulting services are described in the facility administration manual for this investment program.
Procurement All procurement and goods and civil works will be undertaken in accordance with ADB's procurement guidelines.
Responsible ADB Officer Vivek Vishal
Responsible ADB Department South Asia Department
Responsible ADB Division India Resident Mission
Executing Agencies
Dept. of Tourism, Gov't. of PunjabGEETIKAKALHA@GMAIL.COMRoom No 514, Mini Secretariat
Government of Punjab
Chandigarh - 160009, India
Dept of Tourism&Civil Aviation,Gov of Himachal PraTOURISMSECY-HP@NIC.INRoom No 101, Armsdale
Himachal Pradesh Secretariat
Chota Shimla - 171002 (HP), India
Timetable
Concept Clearance 22 Mar 2010
Fact Finding -
MRM 06 Mar 2009
Approval 04 Oct 2010
Last Review Mission -
PDS Creation Date 28 Apr 2010
Last PDS Update 20 Mar 2015

LoanĀ 2676-IND

Milestones
Approval Signing Date Effectivity Date Closing
Original Revised Actual
04 Oct 2010 20 Jul 2011 26 Oct 2011 30 Jun 2017 - -
Financing Plan Loan Utilization
Total (Amount in US$ million) Date ADB Others Net Percentage
Project Cost 62.03 Cumulative Contract Awards
ADB 43.42 04 Oct 2010 40.29 0.00 93%
Counterpart 18.61 Cumulative Disbursements
Cofinancing 0.00 04 Oct 2010 15.35 0.00 35%

This project data sheet was generated from http://www.adb.org/projects/40648-023/main on 29 August 2015