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.