||Assam Urban Infrastructure Investment Program - Tranche 1
|Project Type / Modality of Assistance
|Source of Funding / Amount
|Loan 2806-IND: Assam Urban Infrastructure Investment Program - Tranche 1|
|Ordinary capital resources
||Environmentally sustainable growth
Inclusive economic growth
|Drivers of Change
||Governance and capacity development
|Sector / Subsector
- Urban roads and traffic management
Water and other urban infrastructure and services
- Urban flood protection
- Urban policy, institutional and capacity development
- Urban solid waste management
- Urban water supply
|Gender Equity and Mainstreaming
|| Effective gender mainstreaming
||The MFF adopts a strategic and integrated approach to sustainable urban environmental improvement in Guwahati and Dibrugarh, Assam, including water supply, wastewater treatment, solid waste management, and drainage. Project 1 will support MFF management and implementation, including equipment, logistics, and the consultants to assist the program management unit (PMU) in detailed design, construction supervision, and related training and capacity building. Project 1 will provide improved and sustainable urban services at the standards set by the Government in the cities of Guwahati and Dibrugarh in Assam through the delivery of improved water supply, solid waste management (SWM), and drainage infrastructure.
|Project Rationale and Linkage to Country/Regional Strategy
Currently, only 30% of the population of about 1.0 million in Guwahati city, the capital of Assam has access to piped water supply, and the rest depend on localized individual ground water sources, and water vendors who charge high rates. The city is divided into four water supply zones. Water supply projects in north and south-central zones financed by the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA).
In south Guwahati, water supply in the west zone is financed under the Jawaharlal Nehru National Urban Renewal Mission (JNNURM), and the proposed ADB assistance is for the south-east zone. In addition to Guwahati, Dibrugarh also suffers from prolonged local flooding during the annual monsoon due mainly to poor drainage. Because of the lack of sewerage and inadequate SWM much of the areas in the two cities drainage system becomes choked and severely polluted with untreated wastewater.
||Improved and sustainable urban services in selected project cities in Assam (synchronized with the MFF's DMF outcome).
|Description of Outcome
||Efficient and improved pre-distribution water supply infrastructure in Guwahati, and drainage and solid waste management in Dibrugarh (consolidated MFF's DMF outputs)
|Progress Toward Outcome
||The loan became effective on 25 March 2012. Project management consultants (PMC) and design and supervision consultants (DSC) were already mobilized and fully operational. Two awarded contracts for Guwahati water supply had to be terminated due to poor performance of the contractor. The terminated contracts are being rebid and is currently under bid evaluation. One package for Dibrugarh drainage has been awarded and works are currently under progress. The packages for Dibrugarh solid waste management are currently under procurement.
|Description of Project Outputs
1. Improved and increased water supply area in project city
2. Solid waste management infrastructure improved in Dibrugarh city
3. Reduced flooding through improved urban drainage in the project cities
4. Implementing agencies and ULBs effectively manage the project
|Status of Implementation Progress (Outputs, Activities, and Issues)
(i) Implementing agencies and ULBs effectively manage the project: Both the PMC and DSC consultants are fully operational and helping the Project Management Unit (PMU) and Project Implementation Units (PIUs) in the procurement and supervision activities. Guwahati Development Department (GDD), Government of Assam is taking steps to strengthen staffing in PMU and PIUs.
(ii) Improved and increased water supply area in project city: One package involving construction of 6 storage reservoirs and allied works in Guwahati; and another package involving construction of transmission main pipelines and allied works for water supply project in Guwahati, which were awarded earlier had to be terminated due to poor performance of contractor. The terminated contracts are being rebid and are currently under bid evaluation. The design, build and operation of intake works, raw water rising main, water treatment plant, clear water pumping stations and allied works in Guwahati will be covered under Tranche 2.
(iii) Reduced flooding through improved urban drainage in the project cities: Contract for the construction of DTP drain box culverts and allied works in Dibrugarh is already awarded. Works are currently in progress.
(iv) Solid waste management (SWM) infrastructure improved in Dibrugarh city: The bidding process for the design, build and operation of 100 metric tons processing plant and 60 metric tons Sanitary Landfill site and allied works in Dibrugarh is currently under process and is likely to be awarded within Q2 of 2016. Once package for procurement of SWM equipment is being planned to be bid out in Q3 of 2016.