India: Enhancing Readiness of the Railway Sector Investment Program as a Clean Development Mechanism Project

Sovereign Project | 36330-044

Summary

This capacity development technical assistance (CDTA) is proposed to prepare documents and studies that will enable the Indian Railway sector to apply to the United Nations Framework on Climate Change Convention (UNFCCC) as a Nationally Appropriate Mitigation Actions (NAMA) project. The scope of the study will be the entire railway sector in India.

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Project Name Enhancing Readiness of the Railway Sector Investment Program as a Clean Development Mechanism Project
Project Number 36330-044
Country India
Project Status Approved
Project Type / Modality of Assistance Technical Assistance
Source of Funding / Amount
TA 7828-IND: Enhancing Readiness of the Railway Sector Investment Program as a Clean Development Mechanism Project
Technical Assistance Special Fund US$ 300,000.00
TA 7828-IND: Enhancing Readiness of the Railway Sector Investment Program as a Clean Development Mechanism Project (Supplementary)
Technical Assistance Special Fund US$ 100,000.00
Strategic Agendas Environmentally sustainable growth
Inclusive economic growth
Drivers of Change Governance and capacity development
Sector / Subsector Transport - Rail transport (non-urban)
Gender Equity and Mainstreaming No gender elements
Description This capacity development technical assistance (CDTA) is proposed to prepare documents and studies that will enable the Indian Railway sector to apply to the United Nations Framework on Climate Change Convention (UNFCCC) as a Nationally Appropriate Mitigation Actions (NAMA) project. The scope of the study will be the entire railway sector in India.
Project Rationale and Linkage to Country/Regional Strategy

A study on CDM potential for railway transport projects under SATC in India, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka showed that the double tracking of four rail lines under the Indian Railway Sector Investment Program (RSIP) has potential to be pursued as a climate mitigation project. The four rail lines proposed for double tracking are: (i) Daund-Gulbarga section (224 km), (ii) Sambalpur-Titlagarh section (182 km), (iii) Raipur-Titlagarh section (203 km); and (iv) Hospet-Tinaighat section (229 km).

RSIP will increase the capacity of the existing rail network to handle traffic demand necessary to sustain the country's economic growth by (i) an increase in and having more efficient utilization of the physical rail infrastructure through electrification, doubling rail tracks on critical routes, (ii) increasing the efficiency of the existing infrastructure usage through the introduction of modern signaling systems, and (iii) improving operational and financial efficiency through institutional reform, especially on accounting reform. This will (i) reduce fuel consumption and enhance energy efficiency; (ii) improve the environment and reduce pollution; (iii) enhance railway safety, enabling railway users to benefit from lower transport costs; (iv) increase line the capacity, benefitting consumers, and producers of goods and services through the provision of timely and efficient transport services and lower logistics costs; and (v) improve staff productivity. Hence the TA contributes to one of the CPS strategic pillars on support for inclusive and environmentally sustainable growth and aim of providing support to climate change adaptation and mitigation.

Impact A new climate mitigation opportunity for transport projects in India and other developing countries created
Project Outcome
Description of Outcome Clear demonstration of emission reductions from the railway sector in India
Progress Toward Outcome Data is being collected on IR activities for 2012 to 2014 for preparation of monitoring report.
Implementation Progress
Description of Project Outputs

First monitoring report completed

Improved capacity of MOR

NAMA investment plan completed

Final NAMA project report registered with UNFCCC

Draft NAMA project proposal completed

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

Data collection and collation is under process.

A capacity building training on NAMA and GHG reduction measures was conducted in Denmark and Switzerland for Indian Railway officials on 4-8 November 2014. The training helped officials to have a clearer understanding of NAMA and energy efficiency measures.

Potential sources of financing identified and mentioned in the chapter on Finance in the NAMA report

Final NAMA report including chapter on finance prepared and submitted to MOR and MOEF in February 2015.

Draft NAMA project report prepared and submitted to MOR and MOEF in January 2014

Geographical Location Karnataka, Maharashtra, Chhattisgarh, Orissa
Summary of Environmental and Social Aspects
Environmental Aspects
Involuntary Resettlement
Indigenous Peoples
Stakeholder Communication, Participation, and Consultation
During Project Design
During Project Implementation A Stakeholders' Workshop was conducted on 23 May 2013 in Delhi to receive feedback from different Government and private agencies, NGO and the academia on the draft NAMA proposal.
Business Opportunities
Consulting Services The consultancy firm will have extensive international experience in CDM projects and must have been involved in at least five CDM projects that are currently under validation or registration under the UNFCCC. At least two of those projects must have been under the transport sector. Two international experts with a total of 7 person-months inputs and one national expert with 4 person-months inputs will be required.
Responsible ADB Officer Karma Yangzom
Responsible ADB Department South Asia Department
Responsible ADB Division Transport and Communications Division, SARD
Executing Agencies
Ministry of RailwaysRailway Board, Room No. 416
Rail Bhawan, New Delhi 110001
India
Timetable
Concept Clearance 15 Apr 2011
Fact Finding -
MRM -
Approval 30 Jun 2011
Last Review Mission -
Last PDS Update 31 Mar 2015

TA 7828-IND

Milestones
Approval Signing Date Effectivity Date Closing
Original Revised Actual
30 Jun 2011 08 Sep 2011 08 Sep 2011 31 Dec 2016 - -
Financing Plan/TA Utilization Cumulative Disbursements
ADB Cofinancing Counterpart Total Date Amount
Gov Beneficiaries Project Sponsor Others
400,000.00 0.00 75,000.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 475,000.00 30 Jun 2011 323,719.96

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