India: Capacity Development of the National Capital Region Planning Board

Sovereign Project | 41598-012

Summary

The objective of the technical assistance is to strengthen the capacity at NCRPB, state-level National Capital Region (NCR) Cells and other implementing agencies in the area of planning for urban infrastructure and to impart necessary skills to conceive, design, develop, appraise and implement good quality infrastructure projects for planned development of the NCR. The increased institutional capacities of NCRPB and implementing agencies associated with NCRPB will lead to effective and timely scaling-up of urban infrastructure to (i) improvement of the quality of basic urban services in the NCR, (ii) development of counter magnet towns, (iii) reduction of in-migration into Delhi and orderly development of NCR, and (iv) acceleration of economic growth in the NCR.

Components of the technical assistance:

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Project Name Capacity Development of the National Capital Region Planning Board
Project Number 41598-012
Country India
Project Status Closed
Project Type / Modality of Assistance Technical Assistance
Source of Funding / Amount
TA 7055-IND: Capacity Development of the National Capital Region Planning Board
Technical Assistance Special Fund US$ 2.00 million
Strategic Agendas Environmentally sustainable growth
Inclusive economic growth
Drivers of Change Governance and capacity development
Sector / Subsector Public sector management - Economic affairs management
Gender Equity and Mainstreaming No gender elements
Description

The objective of the technical assistance is to strengthen the capacity at NCRPB, state-level National Capital Region (NCR) Cells and other implementing agencies in the area of planning for urban infrastructure and to impart necessary skills to conceive, design, develop, appraise and implement good quality infrastructure projects for planned development of the NCR. The increased institutional capacities of NCRPB and implementing agencies associated with NCRPB will lead to effective and timely scaling-up of urban infrastructure to (i) improvement of the quality of basic urban services in the NCR, (ii) development of counter magnet towns, (iii) reduction of in-migration into Delhi and orderly development of NCR, and (iv) acceleration of economic growth in the NCR.

Components of the technical assistance:

Component-A: Business process reengineering and capacity building of NCRPB. The business process reengineering, among others, will focus on effective financial management system particularly loan management system integrating loan sanction, disbursals and repayments with project monitoring system over the project life cycle and beyond; reviewing and upgrading systems, procedures, and manuals of the NCRPB in areas such as project appraisal, credit appraisal, portfolio management, resource mobilization and debt recovery; developing models, systems and procedure and requisite skills for evaluating completed projects with respect to planned outcomes and outputs; and developing proposal for a computerized enterprise resource planning (ERP) combined with monitoring the progress of project implementation in the day-to-day management of project activities and financial monitoring system.

The business process reengineering will involve identification, review, and documentation of NCRPB's current business processes and workflows. This effort would include the following: identification of a comprehensive list of all business processes, grouped logically by business area; create, review, and receive approval of a standardized business process and workflow documentation template to ensure agreement on the format and level of detail; included will be both overviews of the 'as is' environment, as well as identification of opportunities for improvements and high-level descriptions of the desired 'to be' environment; conduct business process and workflow meetings with appropriate NCRPB staff; draft the current business processes and workflows documentation.

Based on the prior steps, recommendations for improvements will be developed, prioritized and documented, which will include (i) preparation of a comprehensive list of all applicable 'best practices' based on experience with other urban infrastructure funds/financial intermediaries; (ii) determine applicability to NCRPB's environment; (iii) consolidate and prioritize the best practice recommendations based on relative benefits to be achieved, resources needed to achieve the change, and time frame of implementation; (iv) document action items, assign appropriately, and draft recommended new reengineered business processes write-ups. The next steps will be to assist in implementing process reengineering recommendations, which will include development of reengineering implementation plans at the schedule, resource, activity, and milestone level; and facilitating the plan by providing assistance on a schedule basis; providing an on-site 'change manager' whose sole function, for a specified period of time, is to 'drive' the change process.

Component-B: Capacity building in project preparation. The technical assistance will strengthen capacities relating to project feasibility studies and preparation, and detailed engineering design in the implementing agencies. This component of the technical assistance will support the Project preparation efforts of the implementing agencies by preparing demonstration feasibility studies and all due diligence documentation required for processing of the Project in accordance with best practices, including ADB's policies and guidelines. The following activities will be carried out under this component: conduct technical, institutional, economic and financial feasibility analyses for the Project using identified subprojects in the 6 sample implementing agencies; conduct safeguards due diligence on the subprojects, including environmental assessment report and resettlement plan for all subprojects covered in the sample implementing agencies, and prepare environmental assessment framework and resettlement framework; develop a capacity building and policy reforms program for the implementing agencies, including governance strengthening, institutional development and financial management; explore and Identify opportunities for potential PPPs in the sectors/subprojects proposed under the Project.

Component-C: Urban planning and other activities. The technical assistance will support implementing agencies in providing tools, techniques and principles of planning at metropolitan level, marketing of towns for attracting private investments and project development and implementation besides modern equipments and systems. The technical assistance will support 3-4 studies to provide information and insights to help in the next revisions of the Regional Plan and improve the urban planning process. To expose key stakeholders to world class large capital regions that deal with different entities and administrative zones, external field trips will be supported. Likewise, two conferences to invite global experts in capital region development and regional planning would be supported by the technical assistance. Through a combination of training, workshops, conferences and visits abroad of the key stakeholders of NCRPB and participating entities, the technical assistance will expose the stakeholders to global best practices in the management of integrated capital region development.

Project Rationale and Linkage to Country/Regional Strategy The ADB's Country Strategy and Program Update 2006-2008 lays emphasis on supporting urban infrastructure development, especially water supply and sewerage. The proposed TA has close linkage to ADB's Country Strategy for urban infrastructure development.
Impact

Impact:

Planned urban development of the National Capital Region (NCR) leads to: improvement in the quality of basic urban services in the NCR; development of counter-magnet towns; reduction in the in-migration into Delhi; and acceleration of economic growth in the NCR.

Planned urban development of the National Capital Region (NCR) leads to: (i) improvement in the quality of basic urban services in the NCR; (ii) development of counter-magnet towns; reduction in the in-migration into Delhi; and (iii) acceleration of economic growth in the NCR.

Project Outcome
Description of Outcome

Business processes and skills improve in the National Capital Region Planning Board (NCRPB) and various implementing agencies in the NCR leading to accelerated planned urban infrastructure development in the NCR and counter-magnet towns

The outcome of the TA is to improve business processes and skills at the NCRPB, state-level NCR cells, and other implementing agencies in planning for urban infrastructure and conceiving, designing, developing, appraising, and implementing good quality infrastructure projects for the planned development of the NCR. This would lead to effective and timely scaling up of urban infrastructure to (i) improve the quality of basic urban services in the NCR, (ii) develop counter-magnet towns, (iii) reduce in-migration into Delhi, and (iv) accelerate economic growth in the NCR.

Progress Toward Outcome The TA is progressing good, providing continuous support to NCRPB in procurement, bid document preparation, review/appraisal of detailed project reports, implementation of environmental and social management system (ESMS), as well as project development support.
Implementation Progress
Description of Project Outputs

Outputs:

1. Component A: Business Process Reengineering and Skills Development for the NCRPB;

1.1 Implement business process reengineering to improve financial management systems of NCRPB, particularly in relation to loan management and integrating loan approvals, disbursals, and repayments with a project monitoring system.

1.2 Upgrade systems, procedures, and manuals in the areas of project appraisal, credit appraisal, portfolio management, risk management and treasury operations, resource mobilization and debt recovery, and evaluation and impact assessment.

1.3 Develop a proposal for computerized enterprise resource planning.

Component B: Skills and Process Improvement in Project Preparation

2.1. Prepare demonstration feasibility studies that include all due diligence documentation required for processing projects in accordance with best practices.

2.2. Prepare manuals of guidelines and standard operating procedures for detailed project report (DPR) preparation.

2.3 Undertake practical training of the implementing agencies in project preparation based on case studies (including best practice field trips).

2.4. Develop a user-friendly, web-based knowledge and learning toolkit to support project preparation and development

3. Component C: Urban and Regional Planning and Other Activities

3.1. Support implementation of the Regional Plans by undertaking three to four studies to provide information and insights to help with the next revisions of the Regional Plan and improve the regional urban planning process.

3.2. Develop capacities in the capital region development by: (i) supporting field trips to expose key stakeholders to world-class large capital regions that deal with different entities and administrative zones and unifying urban development authorities; and (ii) inviting international experts in capital region development and regional planning to an international conference on capital region urban planning in New Delhi.

3.3. Support human resource development and management, including identification of training needs, training institutes that can impart training, and imparting training.

3.4. Strengthen urban infrastructure public-private partnerships (PPPs) by supporting identification of potential PPPs and capacity development for enabling urban infrastructure PPPs in the NCR

4. Other activities

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

The TA includes the recruitment of 2 consultancy firms for Package 1 and Package 2. The consultant for Package 1, Infrastructure Professional Enterprise Pvt. Ltd., was fielded on 13 October 2008, the final report was received on 21 September 2010.

The consultant for Package 2, Wilbur Smith Associates Pvt. Ltd., India (WSA) was fielded on 15 September 2008 with revised completion date of 30 August 2011. The Package 2 for which WSA was selected covers TA activities under component B (skills and process improvement in project preparation) which relates to improving the capacity of the implementing agencies in project identification, feasibility studies and preparing detailed engineering design.

Geographical Location National Capital Region, Delhi, India
Summary of Environmental and Social Aspects
Environmental Aspects
Involuntary Resettlement
Indigenous Peoples
Stakeholder Communication, Participation, and Consultation
During Project Design
During Project Implementation
Business Opportunities
Consulting Services

Two consultant firms will be selected, one international and the other national. The International firm will be responsible for implementing components A and C of the technical assistance, and the national firm will be responsible for implementing component B of the technical assistance.

Activities under Component-A and Component-C will be carried out by an international firm (36 person-months international and 50 person-months national) and the Component-B will be carried out by a national consulting firm (100 person-months). The following consultants will be engaged under Component-A and C of the technical assistance: urban infrastructure finance specialist and team leader (International, 18 person-months), enterprise resource management and MIS specialist (international, 10 person-months), urban planning specialist (international, 8 person-months), financial policy expert (domestic, 6 person-months), project risk appraisal expert (domestic, 6 person-months), financial management expert (domestic, 8 person-months), public-private partnership expert (domestic, 12 person-months), human resource development expert and deputy team leader (domestic, 18 person-months).

Under Component-B (national firm) the following key domestic consultants will be engaged: team leader and water supply specialist (18 person-months); project management specialist and deputy team leader (18 person-months); water supply and sewerage specialist (12 person-months); solid waste management specialist (12 person-months); transport planning specialist (8-person months); roads and drainage specialist (8 person-months); road and bridge transport specialist (8 person-months); environment specialist (8 person-months); and social development/resettlement consultant (8 person-months).

Responsible ADB Officer Vivian Castro-Wooldridge
Responsible ADB Department South Asia Department
Responsible ADB Division Urban Development and Water Division, SARD
Executing Agencies
National Capital Region Planning Board Mr. Karna R.Kkarnark@nic.inCore-IV B, First Floor, India Habitat Centre Lodhi Road, New Delhi-110003
Timetable
Concept Clearance 18 Sep 2007
Fact Finding 11 Oct 2007 to 12 Oct 2007
MRM -
Approval 23 Jan 2008
Last Review Mission -
PDS Creation Date 05 Oct 2007
Last PDS Update 03 Aug 2011

TA 7055-IND

Milestones
Approval Signing Date Effectivity Date Closing
Original Revised Actual
23 Jan 2008 26 Feb 2008 26 Feb 2008 31 Oct 2009 28 Feb 2012 -
Financing Plan/TA Utilization Cumulative Disbursements
ADB Cofinancing Counterpart Total Date Amount
Gov Beneficiaries Project Sponsor Others
2,000,000.00 0.00 500,000.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 2,500,000.00 23 Jan 2008 1,875,111.48

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